Abolish Slavery as Criminal Punishment

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We call upon you to propose a constitutional amendment to abrogate the "exception clause" which, since the 1865 passage of the 13th Amendment, has watered down the abolition of slavery, allowing that practice to continue being applied to individuals convicted of a crime. From the beginning, that clause was shamelessly used as a device to re-impose conditions of slavery on persons who had supposedly been released from bondage. In the present-day system of mass incarceration, it continues to legitimize the exploitation of prison labor under the most draconian conditions and, more generally, to perpetuate a culture in which incarcerated people are deprived of basic human rights and in which economic opportunities and political rights are withheld from them even after their release.


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8868 4 weeks ago Jessica Berger Easthampton, MA We much make slavery illegal now!
8867 8 months ago Ivan Bailen Louisville, KY
8866 1 year ago Natalie Brin Addison, TX
8865 1 year ago corrine Tibaldi London, ot
8864 1 year ago corrine Tibaldi London, ot
8863 1 year ago Zach Luschen Roy, WA
8862 1 year ago Steve Smith San Antonio, TX
8861 1 year ago Joanne Ferguson Murrells Inlet, SC Incarcerated people are deprived of basic human rights in which economic opportunities and political rights are withheld from them even after their release. Stop the exploitation of prison labor un...
8860 1 year ago roxy harrington holmen, WI
8859 1 year ago Anonymous Arlington , TX
8858 1 year ago Anonymous Arlington , TX
8857 1 year ago Beatrice Zovich Philadelphia , PA
8856 1 year ago Amber Frei Middleville, MI
8855 1 year ago Rob Rocco Avon Lake, OH
8854 1 year ago Christopher Dunham Feasterville, PA
8853 1 year ago Eleanore Celeste Cohn-Eichner Sitka, AK
8852 2 years ago J. Woodworth Newman Lk., WA
8851 2 years ago Wendy Clarissa Geiger Jacksonville, FL Since early 2016, I've felt and acted on a "leading" (as Quakers call a "calling," a "nudge") to encourage Southeastern Yearly Meeting Quakers to campaign for the removal of the exception clGentle blessings of lovingkindness,
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8850 2 years ago Angela Nieto Terra Bella , CA
8849 2.1 years ago Stacy Rouse Malibu, CA
8848 2.1 years ago Ked Garden Lemon Grove, CA
8847 2.1 years ago Anonymous Brighton, MA
8846 2.1 years ago Rochelle Wolf Bridgman, MI
8845 2.1 years ago Michael Madden New City, NY
8844 2.1 years ago Andre Walter Austin, TX
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