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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 12.11.19

                      Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 12.11.19

Last week the Catholic Mobilizing Network, delivered a petition to President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr opposing the planned restart of federal executions. The petition was signed by nearly 3,000 US Catholics, including signatures from prominent clergy and Church leaders such as Most Rev Joseph A. Fiorenza, Archbishop Emeritus of Galveston-Houston, Most Rev William Justice, Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco, and Sr Helen Prejean, CSJ. They were joined by law enforcement officers, judges, victims' family members, and others in speaking out against the government's efforts to execute federal inmates.

However meanwhile it came as no surprise that Alabama joined with 13 other states in filing a brief with the Supreme Court expressing support for the Trump administration plan to resume federal executions. We were pleased that the Supreme Court on Friday refused to let the Justice Department resume federal executions immediately, denying the government’s request to bypass a lower-court ruling that the department likely exceeded its powers by adopting a new lethal injection protocol.  

The Christmas edition of Wings of Hope is in the mail. We hope you enjoy it! 

Our Christmas card list has been updated and is now available on our website. http://www.phadp.org/?q=node/801 

Thank you to the City of Hope for the donation of cosmetic gift bags to all of us. Also much appreciation and thanks to Chaplain Browder who treated us to chicken plates on Sunday. Yes, Christmas also comes to death row!

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 also thank all those who recently joined our Facebook page.  Our thanks to all who believe in what we do and stand with us.                                                               

                                                                                 Esther