Legislative Alert on CRPD

Blog Date: 
Wednesday, October 24, 2012

By Jesse Hartle

 

Fellow Federationists:

 

We have been working to build support for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).  Ratification of the CRPD would solidify the United States as a global leader on disability rights, and protect Americans with disabilities who travel, work, study, or serve abroad.    The opposition has stated that the disability community is uninformed and does not really support the disability rights treaty.   The National Federation of the Blind must take action to urge our Senators to support this important initiative.  We believe that the Senate will take a vote on this treaty after the elections, and we are now partnering with over 250 disability groups to maximize the push for ratification of the CRPD treaty.  

 

The NFB has been assigned next Wednesday October 24, 2012, as the first of our three days of action.  We would like to use this day to target members of the Senate through social media tools.  Below you will find a list of Twitter handles for members of the United States Senate, and a draft message to be used.  You should also try to get those who follow you on Twitter to retweet your messages to ensure a greater number of people learn about the treaty.  If you do not have a Twitter account, or your Senator does not have a Twitter account, we would like you to try and alert your Senator through their Facebook page; if you use Facebook be sure to tag the National Federation of the Blind in your post.  Please contact me with any questions.  I have included my contact information below the list of Twitter handles.  Thank you all very much for your hard work in advance on this important issue.    

 

Draft Message (144 characters):

 

I am a blind person who supports the #CRPD. I urge @(insert Senators Handle) to support passage of this important policy for disabled Americans.

 

Alabama

Richard Shelby

@SenShelbyPress

 

Jeff Sessions

@SenatorSessions

 

Alaska   

Lisa Murkowski

@lisamurkowski

 

Mark Begich

@SenatorBegich

 

Arizona                

John McCain

@SenJohnMcCain

 

Jon Kyl

@SenJonKyl

 

Arkansas              

Mark Pryor

@SenMarkPryor

 

John Boozman

@JohnBoozman

 

California            

Dianne Feinstein

@SenFeinstein

 

Barbara Boxer

@SenatorBoxer

 

Colorado             

Mark Udall

@MarkUdall

 

Michael Bennet

@SenBennetCO

 

Connecticut       

Joe Lieberman

@JoeLieberman

 

Richard Blumenthal

@SenBlumenthal

 

Delaware            

Tom Carper

@SenatorCarper

 

Chris Coons

@ChrisCoons

 

Florida  

Bill Nelson

@SenBillNelson

 

Marco Rubio

@SenRubioPress

 

Georgia                

Saxby Chambliss

NONE

 

Johnny Isakson

@SenatorIsakson

 

Hawaii  

Daniel Inouye

@Daniel_Inouye

 

Daniel Akaka

@SenatorAkaka

 

Idaho    

Mike Crapo

@MikeCrapo

 

Jim Risch

NONE

 

Illinois  

Dick Durbin

@SenatorDurbin

 

Mark Kirk

@SenatorKirk

 

Indiana 

Richard Lugar

@senatorlugar

 

Dan Coats

@SenDanCoats

 

Iowa      

Chuck Grassley

@ChuckGrassley

 

Tom Harkin

@SenatorHarkin

 

Kansas  

Pat Roberts

@SenPatRoberts

 

Jerry Moran

@JerryMoran

 

Kentucky              

Mitch McConnell

@McConnellPress

 

Rand Paul

@SenRandPaul

 

Louisiana              

Mary Landrieu

@SenLandrieu

 

David Vitter

@DavidVitter

 

Maine   

Olympia Snowe

@SenatorSnowe

 

Susan Collins

@SenatorCollins

 

Maryland             

Barbara Mikulski

@SenatorBarb

 

Ben Cardin

@SenatorCardin

 

Massachusetts  

John Kerry

@JohnKerry

 

Scott Brown

@USSenScottBrown

 

Michigan              

Carl Levin

@SenCarlLevin

 

Debbie Stabenow

@StabenowPress

 

Minnesota          

Amy Klobuchar

NONE

 

Al Franken

@alfranken

 

Mississippi         

Thad Cochran

@SenThadCochran

 

Roger Wicker

@SenatorWicker

 

Missouri               

Claire McCaskill

@clairecmc

 

Roy Blunt

@RoyBlunt

 

Montana              

Max Baucus

NONE

 

Jon Tester

@TesterPress

 

Nebraska              

Ben Nelson

@SenBenNelson

 

Mike Johanns

@Mike_Johanns

 

Nevada                 

Harry Reid

@SenatorReid

 

Dean Heller

@SenDeanHeller

 

New Hampshire               

Jeanne Shaheen

@JeanneShaheen

 

Kelly Ayotte

NONE

 

New Jersey        

Frank Lautenberg

@FrankLautenberg

 

Bob Menendez

@SenatorMenendez

 

New Mexico      

Jeff Bingaman

NONE

 

New York            

Chuck Schumer

@ChuckSchumer

 

Kirsten Gillibrand

@SenGillibrand

 

North Carolina  

Richard Burr

@SenatorBurr

 

Kay Hagan

@SenatorHagan

 

North Dakota     

Kent Conrad

NONE

 

John Hoeven

@SenJohnHoeven

 

Ohio      

Sherrod Brown

@SenSherrodBrown

 

Rob Portman

@robportman

 

Oklahoma           

Jim Inhofe

@InhofePress

 

Tom Coburn

@TomCoburn

 

Oregon 

Ron Wyden

@RonWyden

 

Jeff Merkley

@SenJeffMerkley

 

Pennsylvania     

Bob Casey, Jr.

@SenBobCasey

 

Pat Toomey

@SenToomey

 

Rhode Island     

Jack Reed

@SenJackReed

 

Sheldon Whitehouse

@SenWhitehouse

 

South Carolina  

Lindsey Graham

@GrahamBlog

 

Jim DeMint

@JimDeMint

 

South Dakota     

Tim Johnson

@SenJohnsonSD

 

John Thune

@SenJohnThune

 

Tennessee          

Lamar Alexander

@SenAlexander

 

Bob Corker

@SenBobCorker

 

Texas    

Kay Bailey Hutchison

@kaybaileyhutch

 

John Cornyn

@JohnCornyn

 

Utah      

Orrin Hatch

@SenOrrinHatch

 

Mike Lee

@SenMikeLee

 

Vermont              

Patrick Leahy

@SenatorLeahy

 

Bernie Sanders

@SenSanders

 

Virginia                

Jim Webb

NONE

 

Mark Warner

@MarkWarner

 

Washington       

Patty Murray

@PattyMurray

 

Maria Cantwell

@CantwellPress

 

West Virginia    

Jay Rockefeller

@SenRockefeller

 

Joe Manchin

@Sen_JoeManchin

 

Wisconsin           

Herb Kohl

NONE

 

Ron Johnson

@SenRonJohnson

 

Wyoming            

Mike Enzi

@SenatorEnzi

 

John Barrasso

@SenJohnBarrasso