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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 4.8.20

                   Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 4.8.20

Today we continued with our invitation to the transfers from Donaldson to our meeting. We invite four men at a time. Our Chair and Board members present different aspects of our organization always emphasizing that we work for all on death row in Alabama, whether at Donaldson, now at Holman as well as Tutwiler. The presentations benefit the presenters as well as the guests who are amazed that something like phadp exists. They learned about the archives at UNA and the Valley library, about the organizations we are involved with, the people we know and of course most importantly what we do at Holman, including our various groups. We also made sure to mention our rule of confidentiality that whatever is discussed during the meeting whether of a personal or legal nature stays in the room.

 Esther also had the opportunity to welcome the men and again and again heard nothing but positive reactions to what we do, how we assist each other and how we offer the opportunity for a meaning greater than oneself. They even passed the test, although there was a slight slip up or two, of calling Esther, Esther. It had been drilled into them by the Chair and Board to forget about Ma’am or Miss Esther. It’s always a good ice breaker because we laugh and it then allows us to also talk on more serious topics which we did. As always it was rewarding and uplifting for all of us.

We brought everyone up to date on how Alabama’s courts are responding to the Coronavirus epidemic. They remain open but have suspended all in person proceedings, with exceptions for emergencies and trials already in progress. We are aware at this point that 2 staff have tested positive, one at St.Clair’s and one at Stanton C.I. This may not be as up to date as we would like for it to be.

Esther signed an Equal Justice USA petition and we ask you to also please write your representatives in Congress right now and tell them they need to act immediately to flatten the curve in prisons and jails — and save lives. http://act.ejusa.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=27017&track=ActionNatl-url

 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!