Please call Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk on Monday or Tuesday to urge that they vote to ratify the Convention on the Rights for Persons with Disabilities. The full Senate could be voting this coming week to ratify this important international treaty and the vote could be close since a two-thirds vote is required. We need to generate thousands of calls, so please help out.
CALLS ARE NECESSARY BECAUSE TIME IS SHORT – THE CAPITOL SWITCHBOARD # IS 202-225-3121. IF THE SWITCHBOARD IS BUSY, PLEASE FIND THE OFFICE PHONE NUMBERS FOR BOTH OF YOUR SENATORS http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm AND MAKE THOSE CALLS. You should ask to speak to the staff person who handles health or international issues, but must likely you will be asked to leave a voice mail message.
It’s a very short message: “I am a voting constituent of Senator_________ and I am strongly urging that he/she take leadership to bring to a full Senate vote the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Even though the U.S. has been a leader in advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities, we need to join the world community by ratifying the CRPD.”
AND: URGE them to bring to a floor vote the ratification of CEDAW, the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women – known as the Women’s Rights Treaty. Hearings on CEDAW were held in a subcommittee late June and we hope that there will finally be a floor vote soon to ratify this important treaty. We have been waiting 35 years for CEDAW ratification!
The Senate previously held a vote to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, but failed to reach the two-thirds majority needed. Another effort is being made to ratify the CRPD and, last Tuesday, the treaty was passed out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with a 12 – 6 vote. There is strong bipartisan support for this treaty, with former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kans.) committed to helping push for the necessary two-thirds. Advocates hope that the floor vote can be scheduled before Senate recesses for the month of August – just one more week to go — and we need to generate lots of calls.
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is an international human rights treaty of the United Nations intended to protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities. Parties to the Convention are required to promote, protect, and ensure the full enjoyment of human rights by persons with disabilities and ensure that they enjoy full equality under the law, according to Wikipedia. The Convention has served as the major catalyst in the global movement from viewing persons with disabilities as objects of charity, medical treatment and social protection towards viewing them a full and equal members of society, with human rights. The CRPD’s core provisions pertain to reasonable accommodation, prevention of discrimination, accessibility, situations of risk and humanitarian emergency, recognition before the law and legal capacity, access to justices, right to education and health, habilitation and rehabilitation, work and employment, adequate standard of living and social protection, and right to vote. More information on the CRPD: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CRPD and at http://www.disabilitytreaty.org/
ACTION NEEDED :
Please contact your Illinois state representative and urge them to co-sponsor and VOTE YES on the Equal Rights Amendment ERA, SJRCA 75.
You can find the link here:
Contact info for your representative is here:
Thanks for your help and keep up the great work!
Don Harmon (D) 39
State House of Representatives
Nichole Serbin (D) 37
Maria Antonia “Toni” Berrios (D) 39
Sunday, October 6
Joliet Public Library
150 N Ottawa St Joliet, IL 60432
Illinois NOW strives to bring the latest and most relevant feminist issues to attendees. We welcome ALL equality-minded individuals to come and benefit from the work we do and networking opportunities offered at our annual state conference – and this year proves to be no exception! Don’t miss this inspiring and motivational day of thought and activism!
This year’s theme is It’s About Time! Illinois NOW Takes on 2014.
Elections * Lunch * Silent Auction * President’s Award
We invite you to join us as we take on organizing and planning for actions and issues such as the 2013 March on Springfield, the state of the ERA in Illinois, and the 2014 National NOW Conference theme of racism and women of color.
Only $10 (for lunch) for NOW members/$20 for non NOW members (includes lunch and NOW membership!)
720 South Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
Meet feminists from all over the country!
Workshops – Elections – Speakers – Entertainment
For more info and to register:
Illinois NOW Action Alert – Support Marriage Equality 2/27/13
Please contact your Representative to VOTE YES on SB 10.
Senate Bill 10 (Sen. Heather Steans/Rep. Greg Harris), the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, passed out of the House Executive Committee yesterday and is now on 2nd Reading in the IL House. Please contact your Representative and urge them to Vote YES on SB 10.
Contact the Capitol switchboard at 217/782-2000 and ask to be connected to your Rep’s office. You can then leave your message with their staff person – VOTE YES on SB 10!
Thanks for your help and please spread the word.
Illinois NOW Action Alert – Support Marriage Equality
Please contact your Senator TODAY to VOTE YES on SB 10.
Senate Bill 10 (Heather Steans), the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, is now on 3rd Reading in the IL Senate and can be called for a vote at any time. Please contact your Senator and urge them to vote YES on SB 10.
You can contact the Capitol switchboard at 217/782-2000 and ask to be connected to your Senator’s office. You can then leave your message with their staff person – VOTE YES on SB 10!