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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 1.31.18

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 1.31.18
 
We were grateful last Thursday evening when Vernon Madison was safely back in his cell. At the same time we have seen too much not to be acutely aware that a “temporary stay” means exactly what it says: temporary. It is now up to the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether it is justice to execute a man suffering from dementia. A special thank you to all who organized and attended vigils in Birmingham, Montgomery and Mobile! We continue to be touched by your commitment and compassion.
 
At this point Doyle Lee Hamm’s execution is only three weeks away. He has been battling cranial and lymphatic cancer for over three years. Treatment has compromised his veins, and lethal injection would likely cause "cruel and needless pain".  Many of you have already contacted Governor Ivey on his behalf and we urge you to continue to do so. Last Saturday at the NAACP Quarterly Meeting in Courtland we were able to hand out Action Alert flyers for Doyle Lee Hamm and speak on the importance of being the Other Voice.
 
On Friday we received word from the Rev. Tom Duley who ministers at Donaldson that Michael Eggers was given an execution date.
 
There is no doubt that we are fortunate in the support that we receive from the various organizations to which we belong. Saturday at the NAACP meeting was a case in point. Not only is President Bernard Simelton extremely supportive of what we do but every meeting is always a chance to be with old friends who lift our spirit and to make new ones. One of the new ones is the recently elected president of the Mobile Chapter who expressed the wish to become active in what we do. We have connected him with long time Quest friends in Mobile.
 
On Friday evening we had a much anticipated meeting with Dr. Katie Owens-Murphy of North Alabama State University. Much anticipated for many reasons. Not only did she initiate a pen pal program as part of her curriculum but she is also hoping, actually more than hoping, is determined to publish a book which will be a history of our organization reflected through our writings. It is difficult to find the words to adequately describe the importance of meeting a friend who is already a friend because she saw us without judgment from the first contact. And I don’t have the words except to say that we are indeed fortunate and honored to be able to list Dr. Katie Owens-Murphy as our very much hands Advisory Board member.
 
THANK YOU FOR BEING THE OTHER VOICE!
See you nest week!
Esther