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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 5.13.20

                   Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 5.13.20

We are very pleased to announce that we have begun work on our next edition of Wings of Hope. We were not sure whether this would be possible due to fallout from Covid- 19 and so we are very grateful to be able to report that our printer, who has been our printer for the last 20 years, is still in business and will be the usual very helpful partner in this undertaking.  We feel that it is very good for us to be able to continue to get the word out to our supporters without interruption and to be able to fulfill our mission of “Being The Other Voice.”

 During these stressful and uncertain times which some of our supporters see as similar to what we experience on a daily basis we like the challenge of perhaps having suggestions on how to do more than just survive them? Might one of them be to ration one’s intake of  negative news and instead “Being the other Voice” in creative ways? One such example is what one of our long term members/artists came up with which was the great idea of making a decorative mask for our archives at UNA. And then there is laughter and so our meetings also allow time for shared laughter which we are told is the best medicine.

 Yard provides more opportunities to be the Other Voice. This week we were glad to pass on the news that Oklahoma has about a month to turn over its death penalty training protocol to attorneys representing inmates on death row as the state continues to work toward a resumption of lethal injections. Could this be helpful for those of us who did not sign on to the new execution method?

 Our challenge during the upcoming weeks will be to write articles, type them, format them and get the finished product to Esther. This is a valuable focus for us and one that experience tells us we know we can handle.

 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. In particular we would like to thank Dr. Katie Owens-Murphy who used the occasion of Esther’s birthday to post a fund raiser for us on Facebook with a picture and sound of the Board singing Happy Birthday. And they can sing! Thank you also to all who took the time to read our notes, commented, liked and shared them on Facebook. You encourage us and make all the difference. Please stay safe!