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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 6.24.20

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 6.24.20
 
 
It is not unusual that what may appear like a lot of work at the time ends up saving a lot of time. This can definitely be applied to our file cabinet! Assembling documents for our archives at UNA demanded that we make some order by either sending material to UNA, throwing away what was no longer needed or categorizing what remained. One of our members who had been away for a while had difficulty recognizing our file cabinet. All files readily available and after use returned to their place! A place for everything and everything in its place! It has really paid off and it feels good to be able to find anything we need to back up Dr. Katie Owens-Murphy’s work in writing the introduction for the archives. In an email to us she wrote: “Please tell PHADP that I have submitted our interview for consideration in the journal "Critical Criminology"! Great news!
 
We were contacted by a PhD student at Tulane in New Orleans who is working on a project to solicit creative writing from Alabama death row for publication. We are certainly encouraged by his interest and another possible venue to be The Other Voice.
 
There is no doubt that we are fortunate in the people who support us. This week we would like to give a special shout out to our long time Advisory Board Member Ms Callie Greer who is the mother of a murder victim. We were proud to be able to share her article in alcom “The Poor are Facing a Slow Death” as part of the Poor People’s Campaign. We are indeed fortunate to have you on our side and yes, we love you Callie!
 
There is a long standing tradition of celebrating the 4th of July with various tournaments. This year our previous chairman, Anthony Tyson is in charge of organizing the events which stretch over a 2 week period. The tournaments include chess, scrabble, checkers, dominoes, spades and outside there is volleyball, basketball and weight lifting. And yes, there are prizes which are generously donated by the organization WE CARE. We don’t yet know what the prizes will be but certainly greatly appreciate the kindness of the organization.
 
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