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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8863 6 days ago Zach Luschen Roy, WA
8862 1 month ago Steve Smith San Antonio, TX
8861 3 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 3 months ago roxy harrington holmen, WI
8859 5 months ago Anonymous Arlington , TX
8858 5 months ago Anonymous Arlington , TX
8857 8 months ago Beatrice Zovich Philadelphia , PA
8856 8 months ago Amber Frei Middleville, MI
8855 9 months ago Rob Rocco Avon Lake, OH
8854 9 months ago Christopher Dunham Feasterville, PA
8853 9 months ago Eleanore Celeste Cohn-Eichner Sitka, AK
8852 10 months ago J. Woodworth Newman Lk., WA
8851 10 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 10 months ago Angela Nieto Terra Bella , CA
8849 10 months ago Stacy Rouse Malibu, CA
8848 11 months ago Ked Garden Lemon Grove, CA
8847 11 months ago Anonymous Brighton, MA
8846 11 months ago Rochelle Wolf Bridgman, MI
8845 11 months ago Michael Madden New City, NY
8844 11 months ago Andre Walter Austin, TX
8843 11 months ago James Borden El Mirage, AZ
8842 11 months ago Nancy Pape Madbury, NH
8841 11 months ago Heidi Paris Chula Vista, CA
8840 12 months ago Jo Garrett Madison, WI
8839 12 months ago Phyllis Brennan Desert Hot Springs, CA
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