Jul 13 2012

Make Your Voice Heard: Call Senators Kohl and Johnson

Posted by Chris Thomas-Cramer at 2:37 PM
- Categories: Advocacy | DAWN Alerts | Miscellaneous

Senate to Vote on the Human Rights of People with Disabilities

The U.S. Senate will soon be voting on whether to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. President Obama has ordered the Convention to be signed by the U.S., but the Senate has to vote with a two-thirds majority to approve the Convention to make it legally binding.

Why is the Convention Important to People with Disabilities in the U.S?

  • The Convention is a treaty that helps countries understand how to assure people with disabilities have important human rights.
  • It promotes respect for the choices and full inclusion of all people with disabilities.
  • It requires all countries to include people with disabilities in decisions that affect their lives.
  • It requires all countries to assure people with disabilities have the right to safety, for example during natural disasters and emergencies.
  • The Convention also requires countries to report their progress in meeting these goals.

If the Senate approves the Convention, the U.S. would have to meet its requirements. Since the U.S. already has many human rights in federal law, no changes to federal law are currently needed. However, this treaty is important to ensuring the human rights of people with disabilities in the U.S. in case our laws or laws in other countries around the world should change.

Contact Wisconsin Senators Herb Kohl and Ron Johnson to encourage them to support the treaty. Their contact information is:

Senator Herb Kohl (D)
By e-mail message 

Senator Ron Johnson (R)
By e-mail message

For more information about the Convention, visit the UN website.



Andrew Liebing

Andrew Liebing wrote on 08/10/12 7:11 PM

I took the time to ring both Senator Kohl's and Johnson's office re: the upcoming Senate vote on the UN resolution on human rights/disabilities. After reading the update on the page I drafted an outline in my own hand/words, dialed the phone and spoke to an aide in both offices about the importance of the US passing this... At the moment it most likely won't change our current position or laws. But, by joining with other countries we monitor each other! Making sure the US doesn't change it's laws/position in the future and other countries can only improve . I enjoy advocacy work and would really love to get more training, experience and impact. I gathered a group who was authorized by the City Clerk and we registered over 500 local voters and had 400 slips reminding voters about election day!

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