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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8859 2 months ago Anonymous Arlington , TX
8858 2 months ago Anonymous Arlington , TX
8857 5 months ago Beatrice Zovich Philadelphia , PA
8856 5 months ago Amber Frei Middleville, MI
8855 6 months ago Rob Rocco Avon Lake , OH
8854 6 months ago Christopher Dunham Feasterville, PA
8853 6 months ago Eleanore Celeste Cohn-Eichner Sitka, AK
8852 6 months ago J. Woodworth Newman Lk., WA
8851 7 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 7 months ago Angela Nieto Terra Bella , CA
8849 7 months ago Stacy Rouse Malibu, CA
8848 8 months ago Klarisse Dexter Lemon Grove, CA
8847 8 months ago Anonymous Brighton, MA
8846 8 months ago Rochelle Wolf Bridgman, MI
8845 8 months ago Michael Madden New City, NY
8844 8 months ago Andre Walter Austin, TX
8843 8 months ago James Borden El Mirage, AZ
8842 8 months ago Nancy Pape Madbury, NH
8841 8 months ago Heidi Paris CHULA VISTA, CA
8840 8 months ago Jo Garrett Madison, WI
8839 8 months ago Phyllis Brennan Desert Hot Springs, CA
8838 9 months ago Nadia Mousa Union City, CA
8837 9 months ago Amber Frei Middleville, MI
8836 9 months ago Ernest Clarke Corona, CA
8835 9 months ago Yvonne Baab Montpelier, VT
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