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 8857 signatures
Number Date Name Location Please add comment.
8732 7 months ago Peg Unger Fitchburg, WI
8731 7 months ago Crystal Caviel Austin, TX
8730 7 months ago Lindsay Pugh Disputanta, VA
8729 7 months ago Stefan Banas III Omaha, NE All inmates who work in prision should at least get minimum wage.
8728 7 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 7 months ago James harris Gainesvillea, FL end the practice of forced slavery
8726 7 months ago Marcia Bailey Dunedin, FL
8725 7 months ago Pamela Davis Crowley , LA
8724 7 months ago MARIO MATARESE Niagara Falls, NY
8723 7 months ago Tammy Cook Hammondsport, NY
8722 7 months ago c. martinez san diego, CA
8721 7 months ago Donald Thiebaut Beulaville, NC
8720 7 months ago Kimberly Wiley Rochester, NY
8719 7 months ago Abbe Sudvarg Saint Louis, MO
8718 7 months ago Anonymous Richmond, TX
8717 7 months ago Diane Fails Fremont, OH
8716 7 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 7 months ago Maria Borbon Tucson, AZ
8714 7 months ago Dan Johnson LANSING, MI
8713 7 months ago Barbara White PITTSBURGH, PA
8712 7 months ago Heather Schreck Denver, CO
8711 7 months ago Susan Perez Oakland, CA
8710 7 months ago Anonymous decatur, GA
8709 7 months ago Theresa Murphy Yonkers, NY This is from the Jim Crow Era of keeping Blacks in slavery.
8708 7 months ago Steve K McKendall Sr BEATTLEBORO, VT
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