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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8702 4 months ago Rachel Goldstein Chicago, IL
8701 4 months ago David Garcia Lafayette, CO
8700 4 months ago Russell Bates Berkeley, CA
8699 4 months ago John Tolian Oxnard, CA
8698 4 months ago Dennis Kreiner Carpentersville, IL
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8692 4 months ago Mary Brouse LEXINGTON, KY
8691 4 months ago Karen Kent Pennington, NJ
8690 4 months ago Robin McIlvaine Punxsutawney, PA
8689 4 months ago Anonymous Tarzana, CA
8688 4 months ago Gabriel Almazan Burbank, CA
8687 4 months ago Emily Moran Merced, CA
8686 4 months ago Gabriella Frey Milford, CT
8685 4 months ago Adam Vrbanic Brooklyn, NY
8684 4 months ago Kim Sellon New Providence, NJ
8683 4 months ago Carol Voeller Salem, OR
8682 4 months ago Barbara Stanford Tanguma Arvada, CO
8681 4 months ago Geoff Summers Los Angeles, CA
8680 4 months ago Anonymous chicago, IL Any rally in Chicago?
8679 4 months ago Dale Williams Independendce, MO
8678 4 months ago Reuben Ruhl Kansas City , MO
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