Rep. Nikema Williams calls for changes to 13th Amendment on Juneteenth


In this Tuesday, June 3, 2014 photo, a duplicate of the 13th Amendment appears on display at the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources in Raleigh, N.C. The display will travel to various locations in the state this summer. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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During the Juneteenth celebrations, there were calls to change the 13th Amendment. The 13th Amendment of the Constitution outlawed any type of involuntary servitude except when the State is punishing an individual for a crime.

On Juneteenth, Rep. Nikema Williams (D-Ga.) tweeted, “I’m bold enough to think that I can change the Constitution, and I know that there’s a national, bipartisan, multiracial movement to get it done. Let’s #EndTheException in the 13th Amendment.”

According to a report from the Global Human Rights Clinic of the University of Chicago Law School and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the average minimum wage for people behind bars is 52 cents an hour or less. Amending the constitution is so rare that since the Bill of Rights was ratified in 1791, it’s only been accomplished 17 times.

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