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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 10.14. 20

                          Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 10.14.20

We are delighted and very grateful to report that Death penalty reform, including a law to require juries to be unanimous in any decision to impose a death sentence, is once more one of the issues for 2021 chosen by members of Alabama Arise. Our thanks to all who stand by us and voted for our issue!

One of the Board members suggested as a new topic worthwhile pursuing an historic and in depth study of why the Alabama constitution is the only state constitution which lacks the Equal Protection Guarantee even though it is a fundamental principle upon which American legal theory is based. His plan is to explore the connection between this lack and the Black Codes, sometimes called Black Laws, which were laws governing the conduct of African Americans (free and freed blacks). “The best known of them were passed in 1865 and 1866 by Southern states, after the American Civil War, in order to restrict African Americans' freedom, and to compel them to work for low wages.” We look forward to the Board member’s presentation in a couple of week’s time and although this lack is obviously relevant to capital punishment it also affects all African Americans in their everyday lives.

We heard from Diane Roebuck McNaron of The Politically Incorrect Cabaret. “We are making a short video about our work and will be featuring a photo from our tribute to PHADP and Darrell Grayson.” We are touched and grateful!

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