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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 10.28.20

   Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 10.28.20

Work continues on our in depth study of why the Alabama constitution is the only state constitution lacking the Equal Protection Guarantee. We hope to share the results in letters to Alabama legislators who are no doubt fully aware of this lack but who we hope will be interested in our perspective.

We were pleased to read the following announcement by our Advisory Board Member Dr. Katie Owens-Murphy, professor at UNA:” In lieu of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program this spring— sadly, on hiatus because of COVID-19– I’ll be offering EN 318: American Genres as a prison lit course. Come and hang out with me and Randall Horton who will be Zooming with us to discuss his new book of poems, #289-128! We will also explore the new Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty in Alabama archive at Collier Library, which includes some beautiful poetry by the late Darrell Grayson.”

Our former Student Representative, Hannah Jackson/Swenson, who is now a law student at Gonzaga University has volunteered her services as a legal research assistant to the Board. We were pleased to accept her offer and have not forgotten all she accomplished as our Student Representative on Vashon and later at Notre Dame. Welcome on board, Hannah!

Our organization joined Appleseed, the Alabama Disability Advocacy Project, Alabama Arise, the Food Bank Association, SPLC, ACLU of Alabama, and other policy organizations who had   drafted a letter urging state leaders, using specific examples of CARES Act spending from other states that have used these funds for eviction prevention, food banks, mass COVID testing in congregate care facilities, to address critical needs that Alabama has not yet met - despite the $1 billion surplus.

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! As a non-profit organization we cannot ask you to vote for a particular candidate however we can ask you to vote YES on Amendment 4.

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