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Saturday, June 30, 2012

U.S. Senate Foreign Relation Committee to hold a hearing on ratification of UN convention on Disability Thursday, July 12

Senator Kerry has informed the Senate Foreign Relation Committee that they will hold a hearing on CRPD Treaty #112-7 on Thursday, July 12!!!

The hearing will be Chaired by one of our original sponsors, Senator Durbin from Illinois.  The hearing will be preceded by a bipartisan press conference.

You are all amazing!! It always takes a group effort to do one of these campaigns. Our inside /outside the Beltway strategy has managed to pull off the impossible. You are a part of a great  coalition of  national and state disability organizations, political leaders past and present, lawyers and academics, civil and human rights groups, religious organizations and individuals, both Republicans and Democrats all working together for the  ratification of the CRPD treaty.
   It is times like these that the words of Justin Dart come to mind..."Either lead or get out of the way." We as a community showed those in our way that we can move mountains if we all work together as one.

We should take a moment to celebrate but our work is not done. We still have to convince the Foreign Relations Committee to vote YES and report the treaty to the floor. We still need to pass the treaty on the Senate floor and we have only a few weeks to do it but this victory is within our reach if we can continue to keep the pressure on all of the Senators.

Let your voice be heard around the world… make a call to your Senator and tell your Senator that you need their support!

ACTION: Senators are home next week over the July 4th recess.  Phone, email, and reach out to them at events in your town and let them know you support the CRPD! If you have a Senator who sits on the Foreign Relations Committee, now is the time for them to hear your voices!)

MESSAGE for Senators on Foreign Relations Committee: “Senator, I am a constituent of your state and I support the CRPD.  Please support the disability treaty at the July 12th hearing and move it to a vote in time for the ADA Anniversary on July 26th.”


Chairman: Senator John Kerry (D-MA)
(202) 224-4651
Chief counsel: Andrew Keller

Ranking Member: Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN)
(202) 224-6797
Chief counsel: Michael Mattler

Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) COSPONSOR OF CRPD!!!
(202) 224-6441
Foreign LA: Amber Bland (

Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
(202) 224-3553
Foreign LA: Ann Norris (

Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)
(202) 224-4524
Foreign LA: Katharine Beamer (

Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA)
202) 224-6324
Foreign LA: Damian Murphy (

Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) COSPONSOR OF CRPD!!!
(202) 224-5042
Foreign LA: Halie Soifer (

Senator Bob Corker (R-TN)
(202) 224-3344
Foreign LA: Stacie Oliver (

Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC)
(202) 224-6121
Foreign LA: Lydia Morgan (

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) COSPONSOR OF CRPD!!!
(202) 224-2152
Foreign LA: Chris Homan (

Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK)
(202) 224-4721
Foreign LA: Joel Starr (

Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
(202) 224-3643
Foreign LA: Chris Sullivan (

Senator Mike Lee (R-UT)
(202) 224-5444
Foreign LA: Miriam Harmer (

Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ)
(202) 224-4744
Foreign LA: Jodi Herman (

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)
(202) 224-3041
Foreign LA: Victor Cervino (

Senator Jim Risch (R-ID)
(202) 224-2752
Foreign LA: Chris Socha (

Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
(202) 224-2841
Foreign LA: Chad Kreikmeier (

Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) COSPONSOR OF CRPD!!!
(202) 224-6621
Foreign LA: Matt Padilla (

Senator Jim Webb (D-VA)
(202) 224-4024
Foreign LA: Marta Ross (


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