Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 4.20.16
We would like to give you an update on the Enlightenment Group at Holman. It was founded by the men to address the legal concerns and issues of those who are coming towards the end of their appeals. It began as a group of eight and meanwhile grew to about twenty-four, sparking even the interest of some relative newcomers to the Row. It is has become the ideal vehicle for looking at different angles of legal issues, to learn from mistakes, to dissect and analyze, to empower and most importantly to take responsibility for ones legal welfare. “Your attorney is as good as you make him” has long been our motto and this group makes it possible for the men to partner in saving their lives.
Under the heading of A More Humane Effective Method of Execution John E. Carson and Colonel Michael Vacarro (Ret), former NASA engineer suggest the altitude chamber. We appreciate our friend and Advisory Board member Bill Pelke’s, founder of Journey of Hope- from Violence to Healing reaction to this suggestion: “Don't try to be more humane, Just BE humane and stop the killing!”
We heard from our friends of the National Association of Social Workers-Alabama Chapter inviting us to a Human Services Summit to be held in Tuscaloosa on June10th. We would love to hear from any supporters who might be interested in attending.
A special note of appreciation for our good friend, murder victim’s family member, prison minister, Sharon Denham who forwarded our concern regarding elimination of the one year moratorium from the clemency bill to her Senator. Not only did she get a response questioning whether the legislators had been misled on the moratorium strike, but she forwarded our answer to this question to him. What a great example of grass roots caring and activism! Thank you, Sharon!
Vernon Madison May 12th execution date remains active. Madison's attorney in February filed a motion seeking to stop his execution, saying Madison suffers "from significant cognitive decline, acute mental health disorders, and severe medical problems that render him incompetent to be executed." A Mobile County judge held a competency hearing for Madison last week in Mobile. Meanwhile you can continue to write the Governor and will find the Talking Points by clicking on: http://www.phadp.org/?q=alerts. Our thanks to all who have already written!
See you next week!