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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Number Date Name Location Please add comment.
8713 1 year ago Barbara White PITTSBURGH, PA
8712 1 year ago Heather Schreck Denver, CO, United States, CO
8711 1 year ago Susan Perez Oakland, CA
8710 1 year ago Anonymous decatur, GA
8709 1 year ago Theresa Murphy Yonkers, NY This is from the Jim Crow Era of keeping Blacks in slavery.
8708 1 year ago Steve K McKendall Sr BEATTLEBORO, VT
8707 1 year ago Kelly Greene Charlotte, NC
8706 1 year ago Barbara Grosmark Nyack, NY
8705 1 year ago Tamera Bennett Boise, ID
8704 1 year ago Ruthann Ovenshire Minneapolis, MN
8703 1 year ago Mary Newson Oakland, CA
8702 1 year ago Rachel Goldstein Chicago, IL
8701 1 year ago David Garcia LAFAYETTE, CO
8700 1 year ago Russell Bates Berkeley, CA
8699 1 year ago John Tolian Oxnard , CA
8698 1 year ago Dennis Kreiner Carpentersville, IL
8697 1 year ago Jennifer Walters Inglewood, CA
8696 1 year ago Nelson Klein Cambridge, MA
8695 1 year ago Tracy Scaduto Springfield, IL
8694 1 year ago lenora long hempstead, NY
8693 1 year ago Evgeniya Vyatchanina Gainesville, FL
8692 1 year ago Mary Brouse Lexington, KY
8691 1 year ago Karen Kent Pennington, NJ
8690 1 year ago Robin McIlvaine Punxsutawney, PA
8689 1 year ago Anonymous Tarzana, CA
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