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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 11.11.20

                          Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 11.11.20

We are all affected by the pandemic whether on the street or on death row. For some of us here on Alabama’s death row there is a unique situation, unique because we are the only state that does not provide post conviction representation. That means that for some of us representation is by pro bono out of state attorneys which also means that at this time when many law offices around the nation are closed with attorneys working from home we cannot reach them. Securus, our phone provider does not allow forwarded calls! For those of us affected this makes for additional needless anxiety as after all not all of us have family which can assist us with this problem. Some of us in the advanced stages of our appeals have not been in touch with our out of state attorney since the beginning of the pandemic!

We have begun working on our very special Christmas edition of Wings of Hope. We always try to make it extra special with decorations and holiday articles and have fun doing it. We see it as our gift to our supporters and as is true of all gifts coming from the heart, it then also becomes a gift to ourselves.

And as so often, one thing led to another and so we brought our Christmas card list up to date for 2020. It is up on our website http://www.phadp.org/?q=node/858. We thought we should do this early not only because we were prompted by our valiant Advisory Board Member Shelley Douglass who told us that Pax Christi again wants to send us Christmas cards but also because the mail is taking longer these days to reach its destination. And there is no doubt that those unexpected cards do lift our spirits and are much appreciated!

Lee County D.A. Brandon Hughes was indicted on 7 counts of ethics violations, theft and perjury. In September, Hughes had been named prosecutor of the year by the victims’ advocacy organization Victims of Crime and Leniency.

Finally and living up to our name we are hopeful that under the next administration we will be heading in the right direction on the path towards abolition one day. The resumption of Federal executions proclaimed loud and clear that we had lost our way once more and were heading back to the dark ages. We know that we can do better, so let’s do it!

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