[Nfbmo] Senate Attempting to Sneak UNCRPD Through
DanFlasar at aol.com
DanFlasar at aol.com
Mon Sep 24 17:12:35 UTC 2012
This sounds like right-wing screed to me - likely coming from the segment
that distrusts anything to do with the United Nations. Senators Harkin
and Durbin have always been on board with NFB concerns - the biggest problem
I've ever seen with either of them was Harkin not being fully convinced to
authorize full-funding for the NLS Talking Books Digital Books program -
but he came around.
The reference to somebody being 'on our side' is a red flag to me -
it can only refer to a party and I doubt it's the one Durbin and Harkin
belong to, Calling the submission of a bill as a 'sneak attack' sounds like a
partisan smear to me.
The NFB is not left or right wing, liberal or conservative, Democrat
or Republican, Libertarian, Anarchist, Tea Party or Wall Street protesters -
though individually we can hold sympathies for any or (highly unlikely)
all of them. Another red flag is that there are absolutely no links to any
site or document to support these conspiracy theory claims, nor is Mike
Farris, the originator of the 'Urgent Call to Action' identified. Is he a
member of the NFB? MCB? If not who is he and who is he speaking for? He
certainly cannot be speaking for the NFB - our calls to action are ALWAYS
I've done a bit of digging around - ParentalRights.org is indeed a
right-wing organization with Grover Norquist on the board. Mike Farris is the
President of the group. Everybody is right part of the time but calls to
action from an avowedly partisan group have to be carefully evaluated. I
remain unconvinced and object to referring to Senators Durbin and Harkin as
engaging in some kind of 'sneak attack'. The purpose of parentalrights.org
(their statement of purpose is pretty muddy) seems to have more to do with
a political movement to defund public education. Whatever the merits of
that position, it has nothing really to do with disability rights.
In a message dated 9/24/2012 9:46:16 A.M. Central Daylight Time,
kaybaycar at gmail.com writes:
Hi. Does anyone know anything about this? I got it from my sister
last week and wasn't sure what to make of it. The email I received
has been pasted below. Thanks.
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Not sure if you were familiar with this, or if it even matters.
Someone at work sent it to me, and I thought I would pass it along.
From: Jill Johnson [mailto:parentalrightsmo at yahoo.com]
Sent: Thursday, September 20, 2012 11:47 PM
Subject: Senate Attempting to Sneak UNCRPD Through - Action Needed!
This update (below my initial comments) comes from HSLDA. It is from
Thursday, September 20:
The UNCRPD (United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with
Disabilities) sounds good, but it is not. This treaty, with
"disabilities" in its title, never defines what a disability is. It
has many similarities to the ADA, but where it is inferior, it will
still be the supreme law of the land if ratified. This treaty opens
the door to a treaty that would affect parents of children without
disabilities as well. Please take 5 minutes to call both of our
senators and tell them to OPPOSE this treaty. Thank you.
Missouri Coordinator for ParentalRights.org
Roy Blunt - 202-224-5721
Claire McCaskill - 202-224-6154
URGENT CALL TO ACTION
>From Michael Farris,
Today, Senators Durbin and Harkin tried to get the United Nations
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ratified on the
floor in a maneuver that can only be called a sneak attack.
Without notice, they asked for Unanimous Consent to ratify the treaty
immediately. If an alert Senator from our side had not been present,
they would have likely succeeded.
Fortunately, Mike Lee--a great Senator from Utah was present and
objected and stalled it for today.
They are likely to keep trying sneak attacks.
PLEASE CALL BOTH OF YOUR US SENATORS TOMORROW. Tell them--Vote NO on
this treaty and stop the sneak attacks. If there intentions are
honorable, they can put it on the calendar and let all of America know
what they are doing in advance.
Sneak attacks are never for an honorable purpose.
This treaty will allow the government to decide what it thinks is best
for every child that it deems to have a disability or special needs.
While we need to stand up for families who are in this position today,
in reality it is an attack on every family in America.
Here are a few talking points you might share when you call:
Under Article VI of the U.S. Constitution, the CRPD will become the
“supreme law of the land,” overriding anything to the contrary in
local, state, or federal law.
Parents of disabled children know better than anyone what it is like
to have bureaucrats and officials second-guessing their every
decision. Article 7 of the CRPD will take away their right to be the
ultimate decision makers for their child.
The Understandings adopted by the Senate are poorly worded and do not
have the legal effect proponents claim they will. The so-called
“private action” understanding, for instance, does not uphold
“current” U.S. law. Omission of the word “current” means the U.S. will
be obligated to make changes in our law in order to fulfill our
commitment under the treaty.
Ratifying the CRPD would be the first time we have obligated our
nation to recognize social, economic, and cultural entitlements and
privileges as “rights” under domestic law.
Lindbergh High School class of 2009, National Federation of the Blind
of Missouri recording secretary,
Missouri Association of Guide dog Users President,
and proud graduate of Guiding Eyes for the Blind
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that
everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal
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