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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 10.7.20

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 10.7.20
 
It is our sad duty to report that Arthur Giles, former member of our organization and long time friend died last Wednesday from natural causes. Art as his friends called him was the longest serving man on our death row and his life is proof that no matter the surroundings it is possible to live a worthwhile, meaningful and grateful life. Art never became a victim but found and gave quality even in what one might think are the darkest surroundings. Art leaves many friends both on death row and on the outside. We are grateful for the care he received after his cancer diagnosis, a special aspect of that care being the 24 hour round the clock loving care from 2 fellow inmates, made possible by the administration. We also appreciate the care from Medical. Art will be missed by many of us and remembered for how he enriched our lives. R.I.P. Art and thank you!
 
Our thanks and appreciation to Attorney Spencer Hahn of the Federal Defenders for his presentation at the Alabama Arise meeting:” Death penalty reform - Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty - Spencer Hahn.”
 
The federal government has announced that it plans to execute Orlando Hall on November 19, a Black man sentenced to death by an all-White jury, despite serious concerns about racial bias in the selection of his jury. It will be the 8th Federal execution since July.
 
Bryan Stevenson, who founded the Equal Justice Initiative in 1989 while working to free wrongly convicted people from prison and was the driving force behind a national memorial to the victims of lynching, was named a recipient of annual Right Livelihood Award. Congratulations to Bryan Stevenson who is also a member of our Advisory Board!
 
We shared our letter of support and solidarity to the Navajo Nation on our website and Facebook.
 
We had a lively discussion about the Articles of our Constitution and went over the various job descriptions. Our Chairman recalled how Darrell Grayson when he was Chairman had emphasized for example the role of the Sgt at Arms in keeping order. Each Board Member has unique duties and must fulfill them in order for us to function as an organization. Each member received a copy of our constitution and job description. And as always we all take notes,
 
As with previous general elections we continue to encourage our families and friends to make sure they are registered and vote. No Vote, No Voice! And you can vote early to avoid the  crowds expected on Election day!
 
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