by Alexander Savelli, UNA Tampa Bay Advisor
As humans, we all have our struggles and traits, which can hold us back if we allow it. However, as a society we should strive to not limit each others’ full abilities to succeed or to do the thing that we want to do. I am talking about the one million people in our global community, who live with disabilities. As a community, we should stand together to support and advance the basic rights of all people, including persons with disabilities.
As you may have heard, in December 2012 the U.S. Senate voted on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), but it failed to pass by five votes. Now we have a second chance to step up and take a stand together with countries like Canada, Chile, as well as the European Union. We need to show the world that the right of every single person counts, despite their sex, race, or health situation.
by Melanie Pfeffer, UNA Tampa Bay Social Media Director
In a world where conflicts, terror, and suffering are featured on every newspaper's front page, the Internet shows a small spark of hope today. Nelson Mandela Day is observed annually on July 18th and people around the globe are posting quotes from the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate everywhere on social media.
Globally, people are speaking out about their vision to solve international and internal conflicts with a strategy that emphasizes diplomacy instead of combat and terror.