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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 7.13.16

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 7.13.16

As we firmly believe that there is no such thing as an innocent bystander we would like to simply quote Dr. Martin Luther King Jr regarding the recent tragic and horrific events and say: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” How will we use these words in our corner? And also these words of Senator Hank Sanders’ are words to ponder:” The roots of White supremacy and Black inferiority reach so deep. The great tragedy is that we don’t even see the trees so we fail to even search for the roots.”

Our corner will likely be impacted by what happened in Dallas and we quote from the Marshall Project “Police officer murders are always touchstones in debates over the death penalty, and the latest will likely figure into upcoming votes over whether to retain the punishment in Nebraska and California.”

For a Board that is certainly not part of main stream because it resides on death row one is continuously amazed how it continues to think and act creatively. On 6.15. we reported that the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), a coalition of 40 prominent Latino organizations joined the growing, bipartisan list of groups calling for the end of the death penalty, noting that Latinos are “directly affected by its injustices.” Then came the news of California’s Prop.62 to abolish the death penalty and now letters will be written to Latinos living in CA to get out the vote as they too are directly affected by the death penalty.

In the legal group called the Enlightenment Group the focus is on the different factors involved with the Hurst Ruling as it applies to Alabama. The aim is to make it readily understood by citing the applicable rules so that members are able to explain the ins and outs not only to friends and families, but also so that they can be an active participant in discussions with their attorneys.

See you next week!
                                                                     Esther