Jan. 6, 2021
by Charles Douglas Owens, II (author's profile)


Fwd: The Abolition Amendment is here!
From: Charlie Sullivan (cure@curenational.org)

Dear friends, yesterday, Dec. 2 2020, was an historic day in the prison reform movement!!! Charlie

Press release: [link]

News story: [link]

TW: [link to Jeff Merkley's Twitter]
FN: [link to Jeff Merkley's Facebook]

News release...

United States Congress
December 2, 2020

Merkeley, Clay Propose Constintuional Amendmend to Close Slavery Loophole in 13th Amendment

Indisputably racist exception permitting slavery as punishment for crime has fueled systemic racism in criminal justice for 150 years

Today 900,000 individuals in the U.S. still forced to work for others' profit

WASHIONGTON, D.C. -- Oregon's U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley and Representative William Lacy Clay (D-MO-1) today introduced the "Abolition Amendment," which would strike the 'Punishment Clause' of the 13th Amendment in order to fnially abolish slavery in the United States.

The 13th Amendment abolished most--but not all--slavery, permitting slavery or involuntary servitude "as a punishment for crime." The "Abolition Amendment" would finally finish the job started by the Civil Wwar, Emancipation Proclamation, and 13th Amendment and end the morally reprehensible practice of slavery and forced labor in American, and send a clear message: in this country, no person will be stripped of their basic humanity and forced to toil for someone else's profit.


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dariennev Posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago. ✓ Mailed 2 months, 4 weeks ago   Favorite
Thanks for writing! I worked on the transcription for your post. I only got partway through but the press release truly inspired me. I'm hoping to get more involved with changing prison reform as well :')

Charles Douglas Owens, II Posted 2 months, 2 weeks ago.   Favorite
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