[CEUD-ICT] FW: Senator Corker's Christmas Gift to One Billion People with Disabilities: A Big Lump of Coal

Gerry Ellis gerry.ellis at feelthebenefit.com
Sat Dec 21 09:16:22 GMT 2013



As you can read below, the battle goes on in the U.S. in an attempt to have
them ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
That is what they mean when they say the Disability Treaty.



Take care,


Gerry Ellis


If you don't know where you're going,

How will you know when you get there?


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Subject: Senator Corker's Christmas Gift to One Billion People with
Disabilities: A Big Lump of Coal









Senator Corker Gives Disability Community Coal for Christmas 


Today Senator Corker walked away from the negotiations on the Disability

He caved to the extreme far right and abdicated his leadership on this
bipartisan issue. 


It is time to hold him responsible!


 Join this Call to ACTION!


Let Senator Corker know that we won't be cast aside like second class
citizens. Don't let him continue to hide behind false constitutional
arguments! Hold him responsible for carrying the water for the far rights
myths, lies and exaggerations. Call his DC and Tennessee Senate offices!


Let him know that we will NOT go away!


You can contact Senator Corker at:


or find his Tennessee office numbers here
<http://www.corker.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/officelocations> .


Send this picture to Senator Corker's staff here
<mailto:john_zadrozny at foreign.senate.gov>  with the message "Restart the



Forward this message onto your lists of friends and colleagues so they can
join us in sending a message to Senator Corker that we are HERE and that our
voice MATTERS!  


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instead of I support 

 <http://www.disabilitytreaty.org> www.disabilitytreaty.org 




For Immediate Release:

December 20, 2013  


Contact: Kevin Locke, U.S. International Council on Disabilities 

klocke at usicd.org, (202) 347-0102


Senator Corker's Christmas Gift to One Billion People with Disabilities: A
Big Lump of Coal


Before heading home to spend the holidays with his family, Senator Bob
Corker sent a message to the 57.8 million Americans with disabilities, 5.5
million disabled American veterans, and one billion people worldwide with
disabilities: appeasing the far-right wing of his caucus is more important
than supporting their rights and dignity by supporting the Disability


Inspired by U.S. leadership in recognizing the rights of people with
disabilities, the Disability Treaty is designed to be a framework for
creating laws and policies throughout the world that support the rights and
dignity of the billion people worldwide living with disabilities.
Ratification of the treaty is supported by a strong and diverse coalition of
over 800 disability organizations, veterans groups, business groups, and
faith organizations, as well over one thousand Tennesseans who recently
signed a petition calling on the Senate to ratify the treaty as soon as


Marca Bristo, President of the US International Council on Disabilities
expressed disappointment with Senator Corker's decision not to support the
treaty: "I am shocked and dismayed that Senator Corker would abruptly cut
off negotiations surrounding this crucial treaty and fail to support it.
Doing so is a betrayal of the millions of Americans with disabilities,
professionals, people of faith, and veterans who both need and want the
Disability Treaty to be ratified. Our community is strong and committed, and
we will continue to press forward in our work to support this treaty."


Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and
Human Rights, added, "By caving to the most extreme isolationists in our
nation, Senator Corker has undermined the United States' reputation as a
beacon of freedom for the world. The U.S. is a model for the advancement of
transparency and human rights for all, and today's statement by Senator
Corker puts that status in considerable jeopardy. Conspiracy theories about
how the CRPD would undermine American sovereignty are not based in reality,
but only in the rhetoric of those who wish to fear monger and build walls
between us and the rest of the world.  We strongly urge Senator Corker to
join the mainstream and to honor the dignity of all Americans by
reconsidering this position."


Heather Ansley, Vice President of VetsFirst, said, "Despite assertions to
the contrary, ratification of the CRPD will not endanger U.S. sovereignty.
We must not let misinformation limit equal opportunities for veterans and
all people living with disabilities. By failing to support CRPD, Senator
Corker is failing to support the millions of disabled American veterans who
fought bravely in service of this country and its Constitution. To use that
very Constitution as a reason not to support the treaty is a betrayal of
their service."






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