Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 10.12.16
Every now and then we believe that it is helpful to explain who we are, what we do and what we do not do. We are a non-profit 501 (C-3) organization. Our stated MISSION STATEMENT is Working together with friends, supporters and other advocates to educate the public and bring about the abolition of Capital Punishment in Alabama. We are a non-sectarian, non-politically affiliated organization. We embrace and welcome all who are willing to stand with us in this fight because we know that we cannot do it without them, whether they vote Republican or Democrat.
Part 2 of the Report Too Broken to Fix: An In-depth Look at America’s Outlier Death Penalty Counties by the Fair Punishment organization was released today. “Five of the 16 “outlier counties” are from Florida and Alabama, the only two states that currently allow non-unanimous jury verdicts. Just eight out of 71 cases we reviewed from these five counties had a unanimous jury verdict; 89 percent were non-unanimous.” Of course that is just the tip of the iceberg with what is wrong in these outlier counties and we recommend that you read the report in greater detail on our Facebook page.
Congratulations to our German Advisory Board member Ursula Malchau for having her letter “In Alabama a Fish Rots from the Head Down” published in the Anniston Star! Ursula has a long history with us of writing to European pharmaceutical companies as well as keeping in touch with the British organization Reprieve. We appreciate all you do, Ursula!
We were delighted to be contacted by the president of Students for Life at Spring Hill College in Mobile asking for our help in putting on an event focusing on the death penalty. As Mobile is relatively close to Atmore this gives our Board the opportunity to be actively involved in selecting and soliciting a speaker from among those men who do pastoral work on death row. Hands on experience!
This event will also allow us to distribute our Execution Alert flyers among a particularly receptive audience. Please do your part and contact the Governor about the upcoming executions. http://www.phadp.org/?q=alerts Thank you to all of you who have already done so!
See you next week,