Take action

1. Call the U.S. Senate to voice your support for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Call the Congressional switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to one of your senators.

2. Deliver the following message:

“Hi, I’m [name], and I live in [home state]. I support swift U.S. ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. We urgently need the protections for people living with disabilities to be supported and extended throughout the world. Please vote to support ratification of this treaty.”

3. Call the above phone number again and ask to connect with your other senator's office.

Background

UUSC, the Unitarian Universalist Association, and EqUUal Access all support the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). There is strong Unitarian Universalist support for this treaty because it aligns with respect for the inherent worth and dignity of every person. This treaty is modeled on the Americans with Disabilities Act. It would bring greater legal protections to persons living with disabilities, including children, people who lack access to safe drinking water and sanitation, and others whose rights are currently being denied.

At least 57.8 million Americans live with one or more disabilities. Despite that, the U.S. Senate has so far refused to ratify CRPD. This international treaty would strengthen and protect the rights — including the human right to water, which UUSC promotes worldwide — of people too often ignored. In 2012, U.S. ratification of the treaty failed by just five votes. This year, we want to ensure the treaty is ratified! Learn more about this treaty from the following:

Spread the word

The UU faith movement and its allies can make a difference in this campaign to protect the rights of persons living with disabilities. You have a strong moral voice and a commitment to protecting human rights. And you have close relationships with each another and with congregations. We will make an impact on this vote to the extent that we are able to coordinate and speak up together.

Please consider making an announcement about CRPD from the pulpit on Sunday morning, adding text about CRPD to your congregation's newsletter and order of service, or distributing information to your congregation in coffee hour or at other appropriate events.

  • Flyer for Organizing Phone Calls (Download as a PDF.)
     
  • Draft Newsletter Notice (Download as a Word document or use the text below.)

    The U.S. Senate will vote on ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) soon. This international treaty will protect the rights of all people living with disabilities, in the United States and around the world. If the resolution passes, the Senate will give its advice and consent to President Obama to ratify this important human rights treaty. When CRPD came to a vote in 2012, it was defeated by only five votes. Every senator’s vote counts.

    Progressive people of faith and other activists throughout the country are calling their U.S. senators and asking them to vote in support of CRPD. UUSC, the Unitarian Universalist Association, and EqUUal Access are all reaching out to Unitarian Universalists so that together our movement can speak up for the rights of people with disabilities. Use your voice to support the 57 million people in the United States and nearly 1 billion people around the world living with disabilities. Call the U.S. Senate at 855-782-5763 (toll-free) and ask your senator to vote yes for the disabilities treaty. For more information, visit uusc.org/treatycalls.
     

  • Draft Order-of-Service Insert and Public Announcement (Download as a Word document or use the text below.)

    The U.S. Senate will vote on ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) soon. UUSC, the Unitarian Universalist Association, and EqUUal Access are reaching out to Unitarian Universalists so that together our movement can speak up for the rights of people with disabilities. Use your voice to support the 57 million people in the United States and nearly 1 billion people around the world living with disabilities. Call the U.S. Senate at 855-782-5763 (toll-free) and ask your senator to vote yes for the disabilities treaty. For more information, visit uusc.org/treatycalls.