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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 5.20.20.

                   Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 5.20.20

Covid-19 continues to affect the death penalty nationally and so we have seen many executions postponed although not in Missouri where Walter Barton was executed last night despite strong claims of innocence. It was the first execution since the begin of the pandemic.

 For those of us who haven’t completed our appeals we are seeing appeals and hearings  postponed. This is important because not only are crucial investigations not possible during this time of limited social interaction but also communications with our attorneys are proving to be more difficult. We have always known “that time is a death row inmate’s best friend” and trust this will continue to be true also in this case.

 However we are not allowing the grass to grow under our feet but had a huge surprise for Esther, mothers of Board members and certain special friends. With the help of our Vice-Chairman’s mother we designed and ordered Project to Abolish the Death Penalty T-shirts to surprise them for Mother’s Day. They are beautiful! The material is a rich purple shade of heavy cotton and very soft to the touch. The front displays our logo and our name and the back reads EXECUTE JUSTICE NOT PEOPLE in big, bold white letters! You will not be able to overlook them when they wear them with much pride!

Work continues on the next edition of Wings of Hope and also on our archives at UNA. 31 years of history in a singularly changeable internal as well as external environment like ours certainly presents a challenge to any historian. We appreciate Dr. Katie Owens-Murphy’s commitment to accuracy driven by the desire to really see us. This has and continues to entail endless hours devoted to following up with emails, reading all of our Wings of Hope and other materials,  phone interviews, writing the introduction, contacting supporters and last but certainly not least, bringing understanding to the bumps along our road. Perhaps the word “trust” says it all? The other word is gratitude.

Thank you to Alabama New South Coalition for forwarding our last Weekly Report to its email list. We value your support!

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.

We are saddened by the death of Sub-Board Member Jamal Jackson.  We will remember him for many things, also for his thought provoking articles in Wings of Hope. R.I.P. Jamal!

 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. 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!