This is a protest petition to abolish the "Slavery,except as punishment of crime clause of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Our aim is to raise signatures to move toward a ballot initiative to amend the 13th Amendment.We believe the,"Slavery nor involuntary servitude,except as punishment of crime" clause,acts as a "great enabler" ,used to relegate U.S citizens into a 2nd class citizenship "caste" system analogous to Jim Crow era discrimination. We believe that the 13th Amendment,as originally drafted,fails in it's intent to outlaw slavery,in all it's forms,and as written,enables various institutions,to exploit captive sources of free labor for profit and control. Just as vagrancy laws were used to "re-enslave"newly freed slaves,post emancipation,we the undersigned believe that the laws used to brand citizens "felons"(ie;slaves),thus revoking many the right to vote,serve on juries,or receive equal political representation under the law,is unconstitutional,violating both the 14th and 15th amendments. This petition seeks to undo all levels of legal/institutionalized slavery,in all its forms,within the U.S. or it's borders!
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originalreginald, United States4 years ago Comments: Awesome!legs get free!
Ayana Ivery, United States4 years ago Comments: -
Frederiick Douglass, United States5 years ago Comments: This is a criticial topic for all freedom loving citizens to confront.Currently,there are over 2 million people languishing in U.S prisons.Many of them exploited for their free labor. Slave-Prisoners produce a plethora of products for as many corporations.From photo-voltaics(solar panels) to sporting goods,captive SLAVE laborers toil for greedy captains of industry while living a 2nd and 3rd class existence. As stated earlier,this is a CRITICAL issue that we must confront, and to date other online petition sites have displayed little courage by revoking this petition. Please help us acheive our goal and reject complacency and cowardice analogous to the actions witnessed by original abolishionists such as Frederick Douglass. Reject Slavery in ALL its forms!!! Thank you for your diligence!
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