Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 11.2.16
A very difficult week for all of us. A quote from alcom which we hoped Judge Watkins would hear and act on to stop all executions. “In light of what happened with Brooks' execution, Smith's attorneys argued, "there is an objectively intolerable risk that plaintiff (Smith) will not be adequately anesthetized before the second and third drugs have been administered, causing him to experience intolerable pain and suffering." However Judge Watkins dismissed the protocol appeal, instead pointing a finger at the AMA for not being complicit in state killings. John Palombi, a federal defender representing the inmates, said Tuesday afternoon they were "very disappointed" in the decision and had filed an appeal with the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The men walked before the Board meeting and observed moments of silence in a prayer circle and shared. They were joined not only by members of Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty but also by more recent arrivals on death row. A time for solidarity!
If there is no stay, the State of Alabama is preparing to execute Thomas Arthur tomorrow at 6 p.m. at Holman State Prison. Below are the vigils around the state. Please support them and remember that it is not too late to call or fax the Governor and that it is never too late to protest all killing. PHONE 1-334-242-7100 FAX: 1-334-242-328 Email:http://governor.alabama.gov/contact/contact_form.aspx
ALABAMA VIGILS ON DAY OF EXECUTION:
Prayer Vigil in front of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Dauphin at Claiborne St. 4:30-5:30 p.m.
On the steps of the State Capitol at 5:30 p.m. Prayer Service and candle light vigil. Contact: 334 328 9122
Political Protest Vigil corner of Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd and 8th Ave N across from the Jefferson County Court Building, on the corner of the east end of the Birmingham Museum of Art. 11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m., sponsored by JAM. All invited! "Watch with Me One Hour." This Vigil will take place whether there is a stay or not.
Prayer Vigil in Kelly Ingram Park, opposite the King Statue at 5:45 p.m.
Birmingham Friends Meeting hangs a black flag from an upstairs window facing the street on all execution dates in this country stating: TODAY WE MOURN THE DEATH OF A FELLOW HUMAN BEING
The men show their respect and solidarity by refraining from sports and wearing their dress whites for yard where they observe moments of silence and prayer on Wednesday and Thursday.
ACAT- France, Action of Christians for the Abolition of Torture and the Death Penalty, will be joining us in prayer
See you next week,