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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 3.4.20

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 3.4.20

 

We continue to ask our friends and supporters to contact Governor Ivey. You can find details on our website. Thank you to those who have already done so. It is not too late! Yesterday Nathaniel was denied in Federal Court and as per the usual execution routine was moved to the death cell after visitation.

Martin Luther King III wrote a letter on behalf of Nathaniel Woods to Governor Ivey requesting clemency. The Governor apparently refused to meet with him or to take his call. The letter can be read in Martin Luther King III Opinion piece” Alabama set to execute ‘very likely innocent man”.

Thank you to Witness to Innocence which today is submitting a letter to the Governor on Nathaniel’s behalf via Gary Drinkard and Brenda and Randal Padgett. They are being joined by members of “Nate’s Team”, a representative of Unheard Voices and Molly Cole. The group is  working diligently to expand this protest rally and one of their flyers states: “ We’re marching on the capitol for Nathaniel Woods in support of his innocence and his right to be heard!”  Please join them if you can!

We have lifted up several articles with great insight into Nathaniel Wood’s issues. The most recent one is by Molly Cole:  “When violence robs us of reason: the Nate Woods case.” It is of interest to note that Molly K. Cole is a Master’s student in Criminal Justice at the University of North Alabama and is helping to organize the protest rally at 2:30 at the Capitol in Montgomery today, which was triggered by the Witness to Innocence initiative.

 We were contacted by CNN and were able to connect them with representatives of “Nate’s Team”. A CNN reporter plans on attending one of the Birmingham vigils organized by our sister organization JAM.

 A special thank you to Wayne Verry, head of the Episcopalian Prison Commission, who reached out to the 62 churches in his Diocese about the upcoming execution!

 The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday last approved a bill that would cut out a level of appeals in the death penalty process. The vote was 5-4.

 We thank our long time friend retired Police Chief Leon E. Frazier of Tuskeegee for including one of our Weekly Notes in his newsletter THE REVEALER. Chief, as his friends call him, was the first law enforcement officer to sign on to our Moratorium petition many, many years ago.

 And in closing and as always, we continue to thank all our generous donors who either gave by going to our website and using the “donate” button or who gave directly. Our thanks to all who believe in what we do and stand with us. You make all the difference.     

                                                                                                                                              Esther

 

P.S. We send this out early to alert all about the Witness to Innocence Protest Rally in Montgomery today.