Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison, 12.2.2015
We remembered Donnis G. Musgrove who died last week of cancer. It is especially tragic as he was close to finally having his strong innocence claims heard. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
At Holman the Board is in the process of reaching out by letter to individual Alabama State Conference chapters of the NAACP. We are fortunate in having had the support of the President and many members of that great organization for many years now, but thought that a closer look at what we do could be of interest. There is a difference between knowing about an organization in general and actually getting to meet some of its members.
We were honored to receive an invitation from the Alabama chapter of the National Association of Social Workers to its 2016 Advocacy Day to be held in Montgomery 2.10.16. Among the 5 issues to be addressed is Death Penalty Reform. We quote from its program:
“ Capital punishment is literally a life-or-death issue. NASW –Alabama will advocate in support of several death penalty reforms, including better funding for indigent defense, a moratorium on executions, and an end to the “judicial override” policy allowing judges to impose a death sentence despite a jury recommendation of life without parole.”
Shelley Douglass, the Rev. Tom Duley and Esther have registered for the event. We will also have a table with information and handouts for the conference participants, and we encourage others to register for this event.
We were contacted by Students for Prison Education and Reform (SPEAR) at Princeton University which has launched a campaign against the death penalty. They had recently hosted Anthony Ray Hinton and one of his attorneys who referred them to us as a way of getting more involved. We welcome SPEAR and thank them for already showing us that they believe in action!
We would also like to express our thanks to the Alabama group Extended Family for including us on their Christmas card list. Thank you!
See you next week!