See our other Justice for All related petition:
The abolition movement is not yet done. There is a loophole in the 13th Amendment that allows for slavery "as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted." Corrupt and racist officials used data and statistics to enact arbitrary laws to label people as "criminals" -- such as when a former aide to President Nixon admitted that criminalizing cannabis was "a political tool to fight blacks and hippies," even though cigarettes and alcohol are more damaging to the human body than cannabis, most cannabis users are peaceful, and there's no good rational reason for the prohibition of cannabis.
Broken rules then allowed for law enforcement to selectively enforce these laws, often allowing them to enforce drug laws in communities of color instead of white communities. This inherently created a system where the label of "criminality" was applied disproportionately to black and brown Americans. The "War on Drugs" and "Tough on Crime" movements then scaled this up my millions.
Once in prison, people are forced by corporations and governments to work without pay, from farms to sweat shops. Even the Federal government buys supplies from this type of forced labor.
Therefore, we call for the liberation from this broken and corrupt system of mass incarceration, forced labor, and more. We call for ending the prohibition of cannabis, banning no-knock raids, ending sexual assaults and violence, and passing the George Floyd Act.
We need a system that invests in our communities and that abolishes poverty, not one that takes community members away and punishes those who already lack opportunity to advance themselves and their families.
Once we have a new justice system that prioritizes equity, fairness, and treats human dignity as a right, we call for reparations for all those harmed by slavery, Jim Crow, and mass incarceration.
Only then will we have JUSTICE FOR ALL.