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Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (D. IL-08) and her campaign staff are putting the pressure on Senate Republicans to vote to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities:
Already, thousands of supporters have joined Tammy in calling on the Senate to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

This uncontroversial treaty would encourage other nations around the world to meet our own high standards for protecting individuals with disabilities.

As Mary Lou, from Naperville, IL, said "All human beings deserve to have the same rights, whether they are disabled or not. This should not be a partisan issue!"

Add your name. Tell Senate Republicans to stop playing partisan games and ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities:

Barbara, from Elgin, IL, shared what the treaty would mean for her: "America stands for liberty and justice for all, which includes the disabled. My husband, who is disabled, and I love to travel. Removing obstacles worldwide would be terrific."

John, from Buffalo Grove, IL, called the treaty "an important step forward in dealing with a major issue to many veterans like myself."

It's time for Republicans to stand up for people with disabilities and stop blocking this important treaty. Let's call them out on their senseless obstruction.

Thanks for your help,


John Atkinson
Duckworth for Congress

You can click here to help Duckworth keep up the pressure:

Originally posted to pdc on Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 09:23 AM PDT.

Also republished by Military Community Members of Daily Kos, The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party, Land of Lincoln Kos, and Invisible People.

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    Funny Stuff at

    by poopdogcomedy on Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 09:23:21 AM PDT

  •  We should all be motivated by this (2+ / 0-)
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    JGibson, sturunner

    It is not a Democrat or Republican issue.  It is an issue of decency.

    WASHINGTON — Former Senator Bob Dole of Kansas sat slightly slumped in his wheelchair on the Senate floor on Tuesday, staring intently as Senator John Kerry gave his most impassioned speech all year, in defense of a United Nations treaty that would ban discrimination against people with disabilities.

    Senators from both parties went to greet Mr. Dole, leaning in to hear his wispy reply, as he sat in support of the treaty, which would require that people with disabilities have the same general rights as those without disabilities. Several members took the unusual step of voting aye while seated at their desks, out of respect for Mr. Dole, 89, a Republican who was the majority leader.

    Then, after Mr. Dole’s wife, Elizabeth, rolled him off the floor, Republicans quietly voted down the treaty that the ailing Mr. Dole, recently released from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, so longed to see passed.

    I applaud Duckworth for reaching out to speak on an issue of serious importance for so many Americans who wish to travel in safety, be respected for who they are, and know that those who enter this country will also be respected for their right to be.

    Republicans brought to grounds ridiculous claims of enforcement against US law, including albatross claims of Home Schooling and the like.

    Fight for this issue, because everyone knows someone who battles a disability. And a government that wants to walk back the bold moves of the ADA - more then 20 years ago now, is shameful.

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 09:30:44 AM PDT

  •  How about ratifying the Convention on the (1+ / 0-)
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    Rights of the Child?
    Of course, we wouldn't need all these special categories, if there were a total commitment to human rights above everything else.

  •  My comment added to the petition when I signed it: (2+ / 0-)
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    sturunner, Ahianne
    It would be deeply embarrassing to me as an American if our government proved so venal and small minded and inept that we refuse to ratify an international treaty protecting the rights of persons with disabilities, especially after we led the way with the ADA. C'mon Senators, this should be a no-brainer. Are we incapable of even doing this?
  •  I still can't believe that this is controversial. (1+ / 0-)
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    The GOP really disgraced itself on this.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 09:58:13 AM PDT

  •  Republished to Invisible People. nt (2+ / 0-)
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    poopdogcomedy, Ahianne

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