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.


126-150 of 8859 signatures
Number Date Name Location Please add comment.
8734 10 months ago Brian Fink Philadelphia, PA
8733 10 months ago Linval DePass Palo Alto, CA
8732 10 months ago Peg Unger Fitchburg, WI
8731 10 months ago Crystal Caviel Austin, TX
8730 10 months ago Lindsay Pugh Disputanta, VA
8729 10 months ago Stefan Banas III Omaha, NE All inmates who work in prision should at least get minimum wage.
8728 10 months ago Valerie J Wade Calumet City, IL I would love to see that happen, but honestly, I doubt very seriously if it will.
8727 10 months ago James harris Gainesville, FL end the practice of forced slavery
8726 10 months ago Marcia Bailey Dunedin, FL
8725 10 months ago Pamela Davis Crowley , LA
8724 10 months ago MARIO MATARESE Niagara Falls, NY
8723 10 months ago Tammy Cook Port Orange, FL
8722 10 months ago c. martinez san diego, CA
8721 10 months ago Donald Thiebaut Beulaville, NC
8720 10 months ago Kimberly Wiley Rochester, NY
8719 10 months ago Abbe Sudvarg Saint Louis, MO
8718 10 months ago Anonymous Richmond, TX
8717 10 months ago Diane Fails Fremont , OH
8716 10 months ago Shannon Davis Bedford hgts, OH Let's make this happen we are no longer slaves we want equal rights in this world
8715 10 months ago Maria Borbon Tucson, AZ
8714 10 months ago Dan Johnson LANSING, MI
8713 10 months ago Barbara White PITTSBURGH, PA
8712 10 months ago Heather Schreck Denver, CO
8711 10 months ago Susan Perez Oakland, CA
8710 10 months ago Anonymous decatur, GA
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