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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 6.10.20

                   Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 6.10.20

 In light of the demonstrations for equal justice, equal opportunities in our country we discussed the topic of healing. We agreed that it is far too early to talk of healing before the many blatant racial injustices have been addressed. Before a wound can heal the cause of the wound has to be removed. All we can hope for is that the many people of good will exercising their right to protest for justice for ALL will finally bring about some changes that should have happened so long ago. To quote from Conservatives Concerned About the Death penalty:  “The nation is coming to the consensus that criminal justice reform is imperative, and that racism continues to grip our nation.” It will take a long time to eradicate racial injustice from our system but when we do then perhaps one day we will be able to speak of healing. Meanwhile we thank all who stand up for justice!

It seems especially appropriate that the North Carolina Supreme Court last week issued two landmark civil rights rulings on the Racial Justice Act, clearing the way for a much-needed review of racial discrimination in death penalty cases across the state, hopefully across the country. An example how race pervades the criminal justice system can be seen in Tennessee which wants to put a man to death despite evidence of racial profiling during the trial.

 We hope our latest edition of Wings of Hope has made it to your mailbox, that you are enjoying it and that it gave you some food for thought. 

We are honored and delighted to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Ms Terra Foster on her appointment to the position of Executive Director of the Alabama State Conference of the NAACP.  The NAACP, all Alabamians and we are indeed fortunate because we believe that when outstanding talent, dedication and heart come together everyone wins.

 Our organization signed on to the Alabama Arise letter to the Governor outlining recommendations for how the $1.9B federal CARES Act money should be spent.

“We must consistently direct lawmakers' attention to the needs of low-income, medically vulnerable and people of color who are suffering the most as a result of this economic and public health crisis”.

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!

 

                                                                                                           Esther