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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison, 9.24.14

               Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison, 9.24.2014.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. This quote by Margaret Mead came to mind as
we discussed the events of the past week. Our supporters certainly qualify as far as being a small group and more importantly, they are thoughtful and committed.

Ursula Malchau, German Advisory Board member has written excellent letters to the Anniston Star, the Birmingham News and the Spiegel, a well respected publication in Germany, as well as to the management of Daimler Benz which has a large factory in Alabama. Another friend and supporter, whose son is waiting to go on trial, put out an appeal asking friends to contact Daimler as well. Our wonderful Advisory Board Member, Callie Greer whose son was murdered and who had asked for mercy for the man who had killed her son, responded instantly. And almost instantly we heard back from our friends at the Southeast Alabama Gazette promising to publish Callie Greer’s letter. Today a friend and supporter from Switzerland joined the chorus, Alabama New South Coalition shared one of our emails with its members, and a supporter from Sweden tweeted Governor Bentley. We may be small but we have some incredible people in our corner! Sam L. Sullins, also an Advisory Board member writes thought provoking weekly letters to Alabama legislators and clergy. And let us not forget our sister organization JAM of Birmingham with whom we share, exchange, are a member and who are also on our Advisory Board. We are very grateful in particular to Shelley Douglass, sounding board and friend.

Our small group becomes a little larger when we add to it all those who participated in the Moral Event this Monday on the steps of the Capitol in Montgomery. Phadp is a member of this movement. Reverend Dr. Barber, the founder of this movement came from North Carolina to speak, which he did mightily, and we especially liked the inclusiveness of his message, which he reiterated several times. It is all of us coming together that will make the difference, believers and non-believers, straight and gay, democrats and republicans, all races and that is, to go back to the beginning, how our small group grows.  Special thanks goes also to the Alabama State Conference of the NAACP who organized the event, a giant task, and who had also printed flyers which said NO to the death penalty. While there, we did our best to embrace all the different organizations represented, signed petitions and spoke with the press. Our small group grows!

See you next week!

Esther