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Slavery Ban Goes on Colorado’s Ballot – The Daily Show

Oct 19, 2018
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Colorado voters will get a second chance next month to abolish slavery – CNN

Oct 16, 2018

“Voters almost passed the amendment two years ago. But the wording was so unclear that it confused many people about whether they were voting for or against slavery, said Jumoke Emery with Abolish Slavery Colorado. He’s hopeful that this time around, Amendment A will pass. ‘I hope that this puts forth the message that our…

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Colorado to Address Unfinished Business From Civil War – Wall Street Journal

Oct 14, 2018

“Colorado could be the first state to abolish slavery by amending its state constitution, said Nathan Woodliff-Stanley, executive director of the ACLU of Colorado. Jumoke Emery, the director of campaigns for ProgressNow Colorado and creator of the Abolish Slavery Colorado campaign, said most people are shocked when he tells them the 13th amendment didn’t outlaw…

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Slavery Is Still a Legal Punishment. Voters in One State Have a (Second) Chance to Abolish It. –

Oct 4, 2018

  In 2016, Coloradoans voted against abolishing slavery in prisons — a clause that exists in the U.S. Constitution and several states’. This year, the issue is back on the ballot. Read the full article at 

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Slavery is on the Colorado ballot – Yes, Really – New York Times

Sep 12, 2018

“…[I]n Colorado, where I live and work as a correspondent for The New York Times, some activists are trying to change this. Amendment A, a question on the state ballot, asks voters if they’d like remove similar language in the Colorado Constitution and replace it with the following: ‘There shall never be in this state…

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Colorado voters asked to remove slavery reference from state constitution – The Denver Channel

Sep 2, 2018

“For the second time in as many years, a campaign is underway to remove a reference to slavery from Colorado’s state constitution.  Right now it says, ‘There shall never be, in this state, either slavery or involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime.’ Supporters of Amendment A want that exception removed.” – The Denver Channel Watch…

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Supporters Rally To Abolish Slavery From Colorado Constitution, Amendment A To Appear On Nov. Ballot – CPR

Aug 27, 2018

“Legislators voted this session to put Amendment A on the November ballot. If passed, the measure would remove language that allows for slavery or involuntary servitude as punishment for crime… A new version of Article II, Section 26 would end at, “There shall never be in this state either slavery or involuntary servitude.” ‘It’s incredibly…

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Colorado ballot measure would remove ‘slavery’ from state constitution – Fox News

Jul 31, 2018

“Buried in the Centennial State’s 1876 constitution is a provision that technically permits a person to be sentenced to slavery or indentured servitude if convicted of a crime. The archaic language has rankled lawmakers and voters for years — and in November, Coloradans will have the chance to strike the language for good. A ballot…

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Abolish Slavery Colorado is a diverse, grassroots, multi-faith, and bipartisan coalition of Colorado organizations

and individuals fighting for human dignity and justice by removing slavery from the Colorado Constitution.


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