In 1865 the 13th Amendment was adopted as the first of 3 Reconstruction Amendments after the Civil War. It prohibited slavery... sort of.
Article 4 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (which the United States signed along with 47 other states on 10, December, 1948) states that 'No one shall be enslaved or held in servitude.' Yet, the 13th amendment of the United States constitution infers that prisoners are justified in being enslaved. Rather, it seems that slavery is being permitted as a form of punitive measure. The sheer magnitude of the prison industrial complex expansion (to some financial gain) wreaks of a 'New Jim Crow' as Michele Alexander writes.
Mr. President, we appeal to your decoration as a peace worker; we the undersigned, feel that criminal-justice is systemically flawed in that forms of peonage, involuntary servitude, or forced labor are rotting society as a capitalistic cancer of segregation through incarceration. Prisoner's are not profits! Please, act boldly again for peace and justice and amend the language of the 13th amendment so that ALL slavery in the United States of America will be unconstitutional.
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