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Petitioning President Obama and 21 others

Give children their basic rights; Ratify the CRC!

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:
unicef.org/crc
http://www.childrightscampaign.org/
Corporal Punishment:
stophitting.com
unlimitedjustice.com
Imprisoning children for life:
www.amnestyusa.org/our-work/issues/children-s-rights/juvenile-life-without-parole
Child Abuse:
www.rainbirdfoundation.org
Take a Stand for the End of child abuse: rainbirdfoundation.org/takeastand
Child trafficking:
http://www.notforsalecampaign.org/

Letter to
President Obama
Senator Sherrod Brown
Senator Tim Johnson
and 19 others
Senator Tammy Baldwin
Senator Deb Fischer
Senator Kay Hagan
Senator Mark Begich
Senator Jeanne Shaheen
Senator Mark Kirk
U.S. Senate
Senator Harry Reid
Senator Claire McCaskill
Senator Richard Shelby
Senator Mark Pryor
Senator Barbara Boxer
Senator Bill Nelson
Senator Tom Harkin
Senator Joe Donnelly
Senator Mitch McConnell
Senator Mary Landrieu
Senator Susan Collins
President of the United States
I’m writing to ask you to send the CRC to the Senate for consideration, and get it approved before the end of your first term.

No child should endure what many of our children experience daily. No child should be subjected to corporal punishment. No child should be seen as the property of their parent. No child, as young as 11, should be tried in adult court and given a life sentence.

To the youth of America you said, “It's embarrassing to find ourselves in the company of Somalia, a lawless land. I will review this and other treaties and ensure that the United
States resumes its global leadership in Human Rights."

You have the power to give our children basic human rights. We demand action.

Clearly, you value the well-being of our children. You support early childhood education and the “Healthy, Hungry-Free Kids Act of 2010.” The First Lady fights to end childhood obesity. So, why haven’t you ratified the CRC?

The failure to ratify has made us the laughing stock of the world. We’re called hypocrites because we say that children matter and that they are our future, but we don’t back that talk with action.

It’s time to take action to protect our future and restore our global leadership. Our children canʼt vote, but we do. Our vote goes with the person who ratifies the CRC.

You have our word. Now fullfill yours.

Sincerely,