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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 1.16.19

 Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 1.16.19

We would like to remind you that Alabama set 2.7.19 as an execution date for Dominique Ray. We hope that you will contact Governor Kay Ivey asking her to stay this and all executions. If you need more information you will find it on our website or Facebook page.

Suggested Talking Points

1. Alabama has no clear and carefully documented execution protocol but plans on using a secret and untried protocol. The men will be guinea pigs!

2. Instead, Alabama ought to delay all executions to allow for a thorough study of its capital punishment process and consider the serious objections raised as to how it administers the death penalty.

TALKING POINTS FOR TOMMY D ARTHUR:

1) Protocol challenge pending in Federal Court
2) Lost/destroyed evidence.

Suggested Talking Points

1). Trial attorney failed to present mitigating evidence of traumatizing childhood, mental deficiencies and steroid abuse.


2). Alabama ought to delay all executions to allow for a thorough study of its capital punishment process and consider the serious objections raised as to how it administers the death penalty.

And now we have some very good news! Please welcome our new Executive Director, and my very close friend, Britta Slopianka. Britta has been active in the abolitionist movement for many years, first in her native Germany and for the last 13  years here in both Florida and as our Board Member. She takes on this new position although she has more than a full time job in Jacksonville, Florida as a very special and great favor to me.  We are very fortunate that our Development Officer and webmaster, another dear friend, Brandon Fountain remains with the organization. And we are also extremely fortunate that the long time printer of our newsletter, also dear friends, will do everything from printing, labeling and getting the newsletter to the post office. The Executive Director and Board will also be receiving assistance from Tanja Roser, a long time supporter from Germany. So everything is organized and in capable hands. I am very grateful to all who helped with this smooth transition!

While we were discussing all these changes we also made some changes in our Advisory Board. It has long been a wish of mine to lift up the Federal Defenders Office who do so much more besides their outstanding legal work and so it gives me great pleasure to welcome Atty. Kacey L Keeton, Assistant Federal Defender  to our Advisory Board.

Two years ago the Board voted that every 2 years they would vote on their officers. This vote is coming up in April and I hope you will continue to support the new Board. So yes, there will be changes, but changes are an opportunity and I hope that you will embrace them and see them as such!

                                                                                             Esther