[Nfbmo] Senate Attempting to Sneak UNCRPD Through

Gary Wunder gwunder at earthlink.net
Mon Sep 24 18:38:58 UTC 2012

Hi Julie. See below. Note that when people are against a thing they normally
say we are allowing international law to trump our own. I am not a lawyer or
historian, but normally we do whatever we please in the same way that other
soverign nations do, and seldom do we agree to things that really limit our




Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)
cdanielsen at nfb.org

National Federation of the Blind Urges Senate to Ratify 
Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities

Baltimore, Maryland (June 5, 2012): The National Federation of the Blind,
the nation's oldest and largest organization of blind people, today urged
the United States Senate to ratify the United Nations' Convention on the
Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which is intended to protect the rights
of persons with disabilities throughout the world. 

Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said:
"As an organization comprised of blind people advocating for ourselves, we
know the critical importance of laws, regulations, and policies that protect
our rights and allow us to fully and equally participate in society.  All
people with disabilities, in every country, deserve equal rights and an
equal opportunity to contribute to society.  We urge the U.S. Senate to
ratify this convention immediately so that the dignity and rights of all
disabled people are recognized and protected." 


About the National Federation of the Blind

With more than 50,000 members, the National Federation of the Blind is the
largest and most influential membership organization of blind people in the
United States.  The NFB improves blind people's lives through advocacy,
education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and
self-confidence.  It is the leading force in the blindness field today and
the voice of the nation's blind.  In January 2004 the NFB opened the
National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, the first research and
training center in the United States for the blind led by the blind.

-----Original Message-----
From: nfbmo-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nfbmo-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf
Of Julie McGinnity
Sent: Monday, September 24, 2012 9:45 AM
To: NFB of Missouri Mailing List
Subject: [Nfbmo] Senate Attempting to Sneak UNCRPD Through

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.

* * *

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.

Jill Johnson

Missouri Coordinator for ParentalRights.org

Roy Blunt - 202-224-5721

Claire McCaskill - 202-224-6154

>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.

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.

Julie McG
 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 life."
John 3:16

Nfbmo mailing list
Nfbmo at nfbnet.org
To unsubscribe, change your list options or get your account info for Nfbmo:

More information about the NFBMO mailing list