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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 5.9.18

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 5.9.18

This month marks our 29th anniversary and so our Chairman thought it appropriate to remember how it all began.  We were founded on death row by men with a vision and so there is much we can learn by looking back and studying our roots. Our founders are no longer with us but their message remains. Being a death row organization means that at times our turnover is more rapid than is healthy for an organization, and so we are grateful to have the witness of former members in our newsletters to help us remember and seek continuity. 

This month is also the first month this year where we are not under the negative pressure of an upcoming execution. No this does not mean that we forget where we are and the execution in our neighbor state Georgia last week made sure we don’t, still not having a looming date does allow us so to speak to come up for air.

An interesting comment from one of our members last week on hearing that our organization has been around for 29 years was: “29 years? I wasn’t even born yet!”

Besides having phadp history lessons we are working on our next edition of Wings of Hope which will likely include some of what we discovered about those in whose footsteps we follow. The overarching message will be for all of us to BE THE OTHER VOICE!

It gives us great pleasure to congratulate our sister organization Lifespark Switzerland on its 25th anniversary. We quote from their website: “lifespark is a non-profit organization founded in 1993 and based in Basel, Switzerland. One of our main goals is to arrange penpalships with inmates on death row in the USA. Other goals are to offer members support, donations and event organization. Currently we have about 300 members worldwide and have connected about 1600 penpalships in the past 25 years.” Congratulations, thank you and here is to the next 25 years of collaboration!

See you next week!