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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 10.21.20

                          Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 10.21.20

The headlines of the Washington News recently stated:” In a stunning rebuke, a federal judge hammers the Trump administration for snatching back stimulus payments from incarcerated individuals IRS is forced to set a new Oct. 30 deadline to allow incarcerated people to claim $100 million in stimulus money.” We had previously been made aware of this by our friend Charlie Sullivan of CURE and so we thought, why not? We did the necessary research, mailed forms, instructions and address to where to send the form to Holman and we were off and running so to speak! Nothing to lose and perhaps a chance to pay for our own incentive package instead of burdening our families who have certainly been affected by the downturn in the economy due to Covid 19! And the good news is that staff copied the forms we had sent and also passed them out to population at Holman! Meanwhile the filing deadline has been extended to November 4th.

The 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 received a huge boost by the interest voiced by one of our much respected and longtime supporters and friend. Without revealing her name we can say that she has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. Our Board member remained after the meeting diligently researching and taking notes for this timely issue. And the fact that it is timely tells us that although we are on death row we are part of a broader movement. And that feels good!

The fact that although we are an official organization but at the same time family was brought home to us once more by the departure of one of our Board. As family we hope of course that this was the first step in his regaining freedom yet at the same time also as family his absence will leave a big hole in our hearts.

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 as Esther did to avoid the  crowds  expected on Election day! And speaking of voting, two supporters have contacted us wishing to give us their vote. As we are non-profit these votes cannot be given to our organization but will be given to two Board members with who we have put the supporters in touch. Thank you for the unique idea, one that acknowledges our humanity!

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