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.
8840 1 year ago Jo Garrett Madison, WI
8839 1 year ago Phyllis Brennan Desert Hot Springs, CA
8838 1 year ago Nadia Mousa Union City, CA
8837 1 year ago Amber Frei Middleville, MI
8836 1 year ago Ernest Clarke Corona, CA
8835 1 year ago Yvonne Baab Montpelier, VT
8834 1 year ago Jan Steckel Oakland, CA
8833 1 year ago Holly McEntyre Sanibel, FL
8832 1 year ago Glen Anderson Lacey, WA Abolish slavery in prisons too.
8831 1 year ago stephen armstrong brooklyn, NY
8830 1 year ago Naomi Kumar Germantown, MD
8829 1 year ago Rishi Maharaj Anchorage, AK
8828 1 year ago Carol Wiley Victorville, CA
8827 1 year ago Jesse Reyes Maplewood, NJ
8826 1 year ago teresa saafir Bellflower, CA
8825 1 year ago Gerald Gilford Atlanta, GA
8824 1 year ago Elaine Fischer Roanoke, VA
8823 1 year ago Anonymous Modesto, CA
8822 1 year ago Leila AminSobhani Flagstaff, AZ
8821 1 year ago Anonymous Dallas, TX
8820 1 year ago Virginia Dwyer Saint Paul, MN
8819 1 year ago Leonard Frank New York, NY
8818 1 year ago Anonymous South Saint Paul , MN End it now
8817 1 year ago Tiffany Schettle New Berlin, WI
8816 1 year ago Ambrosia Danu Carson City, NV
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