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 8866 signatures
Number Date Name Location Please add comment.
8741 1 year ago Sarah Level kansas city, MO
8740 1 year ago shane mccall berkeley, CA
8739 1 year ago Paul Winstanley San Francisco, CA
8738 1 year ago Frederick Cliver Long Beach, CA
8737 1 year ago Sarah Harmon Northlake, IL
8736 1 year ago Bonnie German Rochester Hills, MI
8735 1 year ago Jennifer Smith Philadelphia, PA
8734 1 year ago Brian Fink Philadelphia, PA
8733 1 year ago Linval DePass Palo Alto, CA
8732 1 year ago Peg Unger Fitchbueg, WI
8731 1 year ago Crystal Caviel Austin, TX
8730 1 year ago Lindsay Pugh Disputanta, VA
8729 1 year ago Stefan Banas III Omaha, NE All inmates who work in prision should at least get minimum wage.
8728 1 year ago Valerie J Wade Calumet City, IL I would love to see that happen, but honestly, I doubt very seriously if it will.
8727 1 year ago James harris Gainesville, FL end the practice of forced slavery
8726 1 year ago Marcia Bailey Dunedin, FL
8725 1 year ago Pamela Davis Crowley , LA
8724 1 year ago MARIO MATARESE Niagara Falls, NY
8723 1 year ago Tammy Cook Port Orange, FL
8722 1 year ago c. martinez San Diego, CA
8721 1 year ago Donald Thiebaut Beulaville, NC
8720 1 year ago Kimberly Wiley Rochester, NY
8719 1 year ago Abbe Sudvarg Saint Louis, MO
8718 1 year ago Anonymous Richmond, TX
8717 1 year ago Diane Fails Fremont, OH
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