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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 6.19.19

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 6.19.19

In our last Weekly Notes we asked you to stay tuned to details about an exciting new partnership. Well here it is! We were introduced to a member of the Episcopalian Diocesan Commission on Prison Ministry. We were already aware of the resolution passed by the Episcopalian denomination on abolition last year, in fact both Episcopalian dioceses serving Alabama are listed on our website in support of abolition. But what is new and very encouraging for us is the following statement:” I am working with my fellow Commission members and others to identify and implement meaningful efforts for our churches to help end this atrocity, and I am very pleased to connect with you and Project Hope.  I'll share your ministry with my colleagues at our next Prison Commission meeting on June 27th.” Yes, that is exciting!

But then there was more good news. An article by Dev Wakeley, Policy Analyst at Alabama Arise “Non-Unanimous Death Sentences Stain Alabama’s Justice System”. Thank you Alabama Arise, thank you Dev Wakeley for the great article!

 Death row inmate Emanuel Gisssendanner was released on Monday on a guilty plea for time served which was 18 years. He had been granted a new trial. We wish him well.

And at Holman we have been hard at work formulating a letter to the Media Board about the importance of the State releasing the cost of the death penalty in Alabama. We doubt that the Alabama tax payer would be pleased about all the money going towards this atrocity called the death penalty when it is so badly needed for better education and the expansion of Medicaid.

Two years ago there was the first Rev. Richard C. Boone Day Celebration which we were honored to attend. Please mark your calendar for July 6th when a marker will be unveiled to tell the history of the work done by Rev. Boone, a civil rights icon. We will keep you updated on the details. On a personal note the Rev. and Mrs. Richard C. Boone for years attended the Montgomery execution day vigils.

I am looking forward to speaking to Attorney Wilson F. Meyers’ Capital Law Class at Birmingham School of Law this Saturday.

We continue to thank anonymous donors who gave by going to our website and using the “donate” button and of course also those who gave directly. We would also like to welcome the new members who joined our email list last week. We are encouraged by the kind messages we receive which are all forwarded to the Board.