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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Number Date Name Location Please add comment.
8842 2 years ago Nancy Pierpont Madbury, NH
8841 2 years ago Heidi Paris Chula Vista, CA
8840 2 years ago Jo Garrett Madison, WI
8839 2 years ago Phyllis Brennan Desert Hot Springs, CA
8838 2 years ago Nadia Mousa Union City, CA
8837 2 years ago Amber Frei Middleville, MI
8836 2 years ago Ernest Clarke Corona, CA
8835 2.1 years ago Yvonne Baab Montpelier, VT
8834 2.1 years ago Jan Steckel Oakland, CA
8833 2.1 years ago Holly McEntyre Sanibel, FL
8832 2.1 years ago Glen Anderson Lacey, WA Abolish slavery in prisons too.
8831 2.1 years ago stephen armstrong Brooklyn, NY
8830 2.1 years ago Naomi Kumar Germantown, MD
8829 2.1 years ago Rishi Maharaj Anchorage, AK
8828 2.1 years ago Carol Wiley Victorville, CA
8827 2.1 years ago Jesse Reyes Maplewood , NJ
8826 2.1 years ago teresa saafir Bellflower, CA
8825 2.1 years ago Gerald Gilford Atlanta, GA
8824 2.1 years ago Elaine Fischer Roanoke, VA
8823 2.1 years ago Anonymous Modesto, CA
8822 2.1 years ago Leila Aminsobhani Tempe, AZ
8821 2.1 years ago Anonymous Dallas, TX
8820 2.1 years ago Virginia Dwyer Saint Paul, MN
8819 2.1 years ago Leonard Frank New York, NY
8818 2.1 years ago Anonymous South Saint Paul , MN End it now
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