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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8851 1 week 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 1 week ago Angela Nieto Terra Bella , CA
8849 3 weeks ago Stacy Rouse Malibu, CA
8848 1 month ago Klarisse Dexter Lemon Grove, CA
8847 1 month ago Anonymous Brighton, MA
8846 1 month ago Rochelle Wolf Bridgman, MI
8845 1 month ago Michael Madden New City, NY
8844 1 month ago Andre Walter Austin, TX
8843 1 month ago James Borden El Mirage, AZ
8842 1 month ago Nancy Pape Madbury, NH
8841 1 month ago Heidi Paris Chula Vista, CA
8840 2 months ago Jo Garrett Madison, WI
8839 2 months ago Phyllis Brennan Desert Hot Springs, CA
8838 2 months ago Nadia Mousa Union City, CA
8837 2 months ago Leah Kennicott Middleville, MI
8836 2 months ago Ernest Clarke Corona, CA
8835 2 months ago Yvonne Baab Montpelier, VT
8834 2 months ago Jan Steckel Oakland, CA
8833 2 months ago Holly McEntyre Sanibel, FL
8832 2 months ago Glen Anderson Lacey, WA Abolish slavery in prisons too.
8831 3 months ago stephen armstrong brooklyn, NY
8830 3 months ago Naomi Kumar Germantown, MD
8829 3 months ago Rishi Maharaj Anchorage, AK
8828 3 months ago Carol Wiley Victorville, CA
8827 3 months ago Jesse Reyes Maplewood, NJ
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