Give children their basic rights; Ratify the CRC!
  • Petitioned President Obama

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Give children their basic rights; Ratify the CRC!

    1. Petition by

      The Rainbird Foundation

Three former U.S. Presidents have denied children their basic human rights, and Obama will too unless we demand action. The CRC, The Convention on The Rights of the Child, is an international treaty that has been ratified by every country on Earth except the U.S., Somalia and South Sudan. The CRC can change childrenʼs lives by finally giving our children their basic human rights.

These two children are paying for this:
Cristian Fernandez is a 12-year-old boy who faces life in prison. He has no rights.
This 6 year old Texan boy was hospitalized after a legal school paddling. He was battered and bruised, and it is legal. Where are his rights to safety? 

Thousands of children in America suffer in similar ways! But Obama has the power to stop this by ratifying the CRC!

What does the CRC guarantee American children?
•The right to play.
•The right to be safe.
•The right to practice the religion of their choice.
•The right to an education without physical punishment.
•The right to be tried as a child, and not sentenced to life in prison without parole.

In 1995, President Clinton signed the CRC, but he didnʼt send it to the Senate. It is time for our President to take real action. Obama says heʼs committed to improving the lives of our children. He says he values their well-being. He says itʼs an embarrassment that the U.S hasn't ratified the CRC.

Enough talk, Mr. President. It’s time for action!

Over 200 non-profits support the CRC, yet a small group of people are afraid of children having rights. They think parents should have 'fundamental rightsʼ over their children, to include the fundamental right to be criminally negligent parents.

Here are a few of the crimes that will start to disappear:
. Child beatings occur in schools in 19 states more than 200,000 times a year.
. Approximately 6 million cases of child abuse go unreported annually.
. At least 200,000 children are sexually trafficked across the U.S. annually.
. The U.S. is the only country on earth to imprison children for life without parole.
. America is the worst offender of child abuse in the Industrialized World.

It is time to end the hypocrisy, and give children their rights.
It is time for our President to do the right thing.

For more information about...
The CRC:
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Imprisoning children for life:
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Child trafficking:

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. Children need the CRC.

      Just another example of unfair and inhumane treatment of children in the United States. Shaina Sepulvado is a child facing life in prison without parole.. read her story here, then sign the petition.

    3. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Alicia Swenson DES MOINES, IA
      • about 2 years ago

      I am a mother and aunt and because no child should live in fear.

    • K. M. Beduhn MADISON, WI
      • about 2 years ago

      I have friends who were abused as children and I don't wish other children to be exposed to the same fate.

    • Merlyn Law CLINTON, IA
      • about 2 years ago

      Sickening statistics, unfortunately very true.

    • Kristine Edmunds BEAVERTON, OR
      • over 2 years ago

      I am a teacher. I believe that my job is to advocate for children.

    • Nick Johnson MADISON, WI
      • over 2 years ago

      I want to help children reach their full potential without limitations


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