Target: U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez
Goal: Support ratification of a treaty that will help stop discrimination against individuals with disabilities
The United States Senate has another shot at doing the right thing. Last year, an international treaty to protect people with disabilities from discrimination was prevented from being ratified by the U.S. after conservative senators voted against it. Recently, however, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the treaty again, meaning that the full Senate can once again vote on it. The treaty has already been ratified by 146 different nations, and it is actually heavily based on the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is an example of U.S. leadership, but not one that some members of government want to embrace.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was negotiated by U.S. President George H. W. Bush and serves to protect people with disabilities from being treated worse than those people without. This means that they cannot be discriminated against on the basis of employment, for example. The treaty would not require that the U.S. change any policies, as it is based on existing U.S. law. The ratification would be a symbolic and necessary act of support for the rights of the disabled. Unfortunately, the treaty was rejected last year, in part due to conspiracy theories about the involvement of the United Nations. Now, thankfully, the Senate has another opportunity to make things right.
The treaty has only passed the first hurdle, but it is an important one. As the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Robert Menendez was instrumental in getting the treaty approved. By signing this petition, you will thank the Chairman for working for the rights of people with disabilities around the world.
Dear Chairman Menendez,
Your Senate committee did the right thing when they approved the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The treaty is an important measure that protects people with disabilities throughout the world. As it is based off of U.S. law and was negotiated for by a U.S. president, it is only right that it should be finally ratified by the U.S.
Though conspiracy theories about the treaty are rampant, you and your committee ignored them and got important work done. As Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, you were instrumental in the treaty’s approval. Thank you for working to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities.
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