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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 9.2.20

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 9.2.20

 

Advisory Board Member Dr. Katie Owens Murphy will be guest editing a special issue of an academic journal called Mississippi Quarterly about mass incarceration in the U.S. South and has invited PHADP to contribute a research article of 6,000-8,000 words on capital punishment in the U.S. South. It is due in May 2021 and we were honored to accept this task which will definitely be a good challenge for us and another opportunity for us to BE THE OTHER VOICE!

If imitation is the highest form of flattery we were certainly honored to be contacted by a friend of a man on a death row in another state with questions on how to start an organization like ours. We wish them well and provided some insights.

The statement last week by President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer of the Navajo Nation echoed with us: “We don’t expect federal officials to understand our strongly held traditions of clan relationship, keeping harmony in our communities, and holding life sacred. What we do expect, no, what we demand, is respect for our People, for our Tribal Nation, and we will not be pushed aside any longer.”

The current federal government registered more executions in 2020 than it had in the previous 56 years combined. If state murder is seen as a vote getter it surely is a reflection on the voter.

Our latest edition of our newsletter Wings of Hope has landed at the printer and will be on its way to you very soon!

Esther in her position of Death Penalty Moratorium Chair for the Alabama State Conference of the NAACP attended the Quarterly Meeting of the AL NAACP via zoom and presented her report. We all are so very grateful to this organization for all the work it does to bring about justice for all!

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