On September 8, 2014 Senators will return to Washington, D.C. Everyone, who has not gotten what they wanted from Senators, will be nipping at their heals asking for their legislation to be considered and passed during the precious few weeks left in September. Crises around the world will demand and absorb much of that time. Race relations and immigration issues will consume much of the domestic political oxygen. Budget and appropriation issues will need to be resolved. And finally, passing a treaty, any treaty (except for those dealing with fishing) is a daunting task. Read Joshua Keating in Slate, The U.S. Will Not Ratify any Treaty Unless It Has to Do with Fish (http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_world_/2014/08/28/obama_s_new_international_climate_change_strategy_how_do_you_negotiate_treaties.html).
So promoting ratification of the Convention in the Rights of a Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is not for whimps. Now you might say that it's not your job, the government relations people at the associations to which you pay mega bucks should take care of the end game. After all, they know the details. They know who to press. Besides, you're busy, with the start of the school year and everything else.
I understand. However, in all honesty, it is going to take something from all of us, each of us, to secure ratification.
One thing may help you stay with the ratification campaign. You've been with it, even as a spectator, if you have read my posts. There is nothing out there like my book, A Moral Imperative: U.S. Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (http://t.co/Vigyant7aM, $2.99 at the KindleStore, which has an App so you can read a Kindle book on any device). If you need a "person-on-the-street" explanation of the points of contention, it's in the book. If you need profiles of key Senators with contact information, they're in the book. If you need talking points, they're in the book. If you need to know why some parents who home school their children with disabilities are scared witless, the answer is in the book. If you want to know why ratification is a very good idea, the answer in the book. Think of my book like a one-stop shop. The information will quickly, easily fortify you, so you can take that few minutes to contact your Senators and be credible. Every Senator needs to hear from us. They need to put the CRPD ON THE FRONT BURNER IN SEPTEMBER.
All of my earlier predictions have come to pass. With that fact behind me, let me make one more -- September may represent the last chance to ratify the CRPD.
I have maintained this blog for you, in good faith, since August 9, 2014. When the Congress breaks at the end of September, I plan to shut it down or shift it to other things. Here's hoping and praying that each of you will help make ratification happen and bring real meaning to the 15,860 plus hits this blog has received.