Ask Your US Senators to Support Ratification
Ask both of your Senators to support ratification. You can do this by writing a letter, by sending an e-mail, or by a personal visit to his or her in-State or Washington, DC office. Although sufficient votes for ratification are lacking in the current Senate, the Campaign is hoping that the new Senators elected in 2012 will tip the balance in our favor.
Even if the current Senate is unlikely to ratify the CRC, your communication will keep the issue and constituents' support for ratification before the Senators at a time when they continue to get letters opposing ratification.
10 Points to Remember
- Many people are aware of the troubling status of US children and want to help, but they do not know how to get started.
- Parents, families and guardians are often viewed as the cause of and solution to issues concerning children.
- People have difficulty discerning the relationship between all US children and the future of the nation. They cannot connect issues affecting children to policies and programs.
- Messages incorporating key phrases, such as "invest in children", "investment in prevention", and "children are the leaders of tomorrow", resound with the general public.
- When discussing issues affecting individuals between 12 and 18 years of age, people respond more positively to the terms "youth" and "adolescents" than to "teens" and "teenagers."
- Negative news, urgent messages, and blaming politicians convey a sense of hopelessness. It is imperative to balance facts with solutions.
- The Convention on the Rights of the Child is an aspirational document and a critical tool. It is not a panacea.
- Implementation of the CRC has led governments to change and formulate laws, policies and programs to meet the specific needs of children in their country.
- The CRC is an instrument that benefits all children regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, ability, culture, religion, and socioeconomic status.
- With US endorsement of the CRC, the world would stand united in its universally shared goal to protect and promote children's best interests.