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.
8684 10 months ago Kim Sellon New Providence, NJ
8683 10 months ago Carol Voeller Salem, OR
8682 10 months ago Barbara Tanguma Arvada, CO
8681 10 months ago Geoff Summers Los Angeles, CA
8680 10 months ago Anonymous chicago, IL Any rally in Chicago?
8679 10 months ago Dale Williams Independendce, MO
8678 10 months ago Reuben Ruhl Kansas City , MO
8677 10 months ago Tim Porter Panama City, FL
8676 10 months ago Randall Nelson Champaign, IL
8675 10 months ago Carolfrances Likins L.A., CA End the enslavement of human beings - in this country and hopefully inspire it in others - forever! Now
8674 10 months ago Eth Os Great Neck, NY
8673 10 months ago Rob Carrington Birmingham, AL
8672 10 months ago Robin Montgomery Atlanta, GA Annihilate the slavery structure in Judicial System and Amend this Inhumane Act Against Humanity written in 13th Amendment #STOPSLAVERYEVOLUTION
8671 10 months ago Frank Hunter Westmoreland, NH
8670 10 months ago Sarena Sheridan Reno , NV
8669 10 months ago Gloria BrownWright Hartford , CT
8668 10 months ago Barbara Morkill Spokane, WA
8667 10 months ago Eric Simpson Cincinnati, OH
8666 10 months ago Eric Friedman Washington, DC
8665 10 months ago Darlin' Boudreau Auburn, WA
8664 10 months ago Debora Winn CHATHAM, NY
8663 10 months ago Patricia Biggs Tigard, OR Even when prisoners are paid, it's usually under a dollar an hour. They often out-compete regular business because labor is soooo cheap! Treating prisoners badly only makes them more resistant to ...
8662 10 months ago Garrick Balk South Elgin, IL
8661 10 months ago Gaetane Gonzales Albuquerque, NM
8660 10 months ago Brian Willey Austin, TX
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