Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 8.3.16
Great news from Delaware where the Delaware Supreme Court ruled its death penalty unconstitutional due to the Florida Hurst ruling! This leaves Alabama as the only state with jury override! Get with it Alabama and get rid of the death penalty!
This week we highly recommend an article in VICE all the way from Australia/NZ:“The Sordid Ways Death-Penalty States Obtain Execution Drugs” and yes, Alabama is included and we would like to give a shout out to our compounding pharmacists : “One afternoon, Donnie Calhoun, owner of Calhoun Compounding Pharmacy in Anniston, Alabama—"Compounding for Life's Problems"—came back from a meeting to find a strange request from the Alabama Department of Corrections. The girl who'd answered the phone had written the question down on a notepad: Did he want to make a lethal-injection drug that would be used to carry out an execution?
"I went, what? They do this?" Calhoun recalled. He called them back and let them know that he would not make a drug that could be used to kill. "For me, as a healthcare professional, I want to help people live longer. The last thing I want to do is help someone die."
Other sterile-compounding pharmacists in the state were similarly unenthused about requests to help Alabama execute its death-row inmates. Of the nearly 30 compounding pharmacies contacted by the state, all refused, according to court records.”
When one thinks of our name and where we are it would be easy to believe that we are only about the death penalty, that the death penalty is the only issue we are interested in. However that would not be true. Most of us follow national and international news and discuss it, and closer to home, we try and keep informed about our neighborhood. Too much what is going on in the world is negative, but our membership in Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty has taught us that we are not helpless and that we do not have to be silent. Certainly we cannot go to our neighborhoods and mentor a young boy and organize, as is happening nationally in some neighborhoods, but we do have some positive contacts and some knowledge of how to establish an organization and are honored when we can pass this on to friends who are working on doing that. As the saying goes: it takes a village to raise a child, and if some of the villagers are on death row they can still be part of that village. We will keep you updated on the progress of our friends.
The Board has been busy working on flyers to be handed out at events like the upcoming Alabama Arise meeting on 9.10. (please mark your calendars), and also at other gatherings.
We are delighted that Dylann Roof’s attorneys are challenging the constitutionality of the Federal Death Penalty Law. In the filing, the lawyers argue that the death penalty itself is unconstitutional, as is the federal death penalty law. So any favorable ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court should also affect Alabama’s death penalty law.
And gradually it is that time again when our Chairman and the Board put out a call for articles for our newsletter Wings of Hope. How easy it would be for them to say that it is much too hot to work, surprisingly enough I have heard the opposite, that it is good to be busy so as not to have time to focus on the heat!
See you next week!