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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 4.1.20

                   Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 4.1.20

Our lives and therefore our meetings continue to be a vital mixture of living in the moment yet planning ahead for likely changes should the virus come to death row. The living in the moment includes what other services we might offer to each other in the way of groups and inviting the newcomers from Donaldson to our Board meeting. The transfers have now come off single walk and therefore we are able to talk to them during Yard and it is inspiring to see their enthusiasm and interest for our organization. The living in the moment also includes  reaching out to members who are struggling and being present to them. And yes, it also means joking and laughing at the same old jokes as one does when one is family and never forgetting to tell each other that we love him/her.

Yes, of course some things have changed due to the changes in people’s lives on the outside but for now we appear to be able to negotiate them in a satisfactory manner. Our information packs are on hold right now as our Advisory Board member who so generously sent them to us for years, works at home due to the virus. Fortunately death penalty news has slowed down and so our Chairman takes copious notes during the daily calls with Esther who frequently refers to The U.S. Anti-Death Penalty Journal on Facebook expertly managed by Advisory Board Member Paul Labatte. It keeps us up to date on death penalty news. Yes, we can do it!

Today we went over our most recent edition of Wings of Hope and shared all the very positive reactions from some of our readers. It made us feel proud and seen!

 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. Please stay safe!