The Amend the 13th Movement and its coalition partners invite you to join us for a “Black August Roundtable on the 13th Amendment and Prison Slavery” in connection with the screening of The Farm: Angola U.S.A., a 1998 documentary on the Mississippi State Penitentiary, also known as the Parchman Farm. The roundtable discussion will be moderated by Nefer Nitty, Esq. and Mika’il DeVeaux, Ph.D. joined by panelists William Carter, Jr., Soffiyah Elijah, Alexis Hoag, and t.
Although the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution formally abolished chattel slavery, it includes a legal loophole known as the “Punishment Clause” that permits the use of forced labor in this nation’s jails and prisons. Under the regime of post-13th Amendment prison slavery, corporations, federal and state governments, rather than private citizens, have become slaveholders. Mass incarceration and the disproportionate imprisonment of African- and Latinx-Americans have disenfranchised black and brown communities and denied them the opportunity to fully participate in society, as well as the right to housing, healthcare, food security, education, and work that pays a living wage.
The screening and discussion on August 31st will launch a program of events that will culminate on November 13, 2020 with a national convening, “Amend the 13th: A National Black People’s Assembly.” Join us for this very important conversation.