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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8865 1 month ago corrine Tibaldi London, ot
8864 1 month ago corrine Tibaldi London, ot
8863 1 month ago Zach Luschen Roy, WA
8862 3 months ago Steve Smith San Antonio, TX
8861 5 months 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 5 months ago roxy harrington holmen, WI
8859 7 months ago Anonymous Arlington , TX
8858 7 months ago Anonymous Arlington , TX
8857 10 months ago Beatrice Zovich Philadelphia , PA
8856 10 months ago Amber Frei Middleville, MI
8855 11 months ago Rob Rocco Avon Lake, OH
8854 11 months ago Christopher Dunham Feasterville, PA
8853 11 months ago Eleanore Celeste Cohn-Eichner Sitka, AK
8852 11 months ago J. Woodworth Newman Lk., WA
8851 12 months 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 12 months ago Angela Nieto Terra Bella , CA
8849 12 months ago Stacy Rouse Malibu, CA
8848 1 year ago Ked Garden Lemon Grove, CA
8847 1 year ago Anonymous Brighton, MA
8846 1 year ago Rochelle Wolf Bridgman, MI
8845 1 year ago Michael Madden New City, NY
8844 1 year ago Andre Walter Austin, TX
8843 1 year ago James Borden El Mirage, AZ
8842 1 year ago Nancy Pape Madbury, NH
8841 1 year ago Heidi Paris Chula, CA
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