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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 6.30.21

                    Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 6.30.21

With July 4th and Independence Day just around the corner we discussed how the meaning of that day like all other days of celebration depends on where one finds oneself, physically as well as mentally. Is it a day for barbecues, family get togethers or hope of a better meal or as is the tradition here at Holman a day for competitions? All of that takes some organizing which we enjoy and when it is all done we have champions in dominoes, scrabble, chess and checkers. And then there is outside where we have volley ball and basket ball champion teams. So maybe Independence Day is really interdependence day? As we of phadp believe that we are family interdependence Day sounds good and makes sense!

In this spirit we would like to lift up the annual Fast and Vigil, Starvin’ for Justice in Washington, DC June 29th - July 2nd. It is their 28th year. We are proud to be one of its sponsors.

“WHAT IS THE FAST AND VIGIL? For four days, death penalty abolitionists from around the country will gather at the steps of the Supreme Court to call for an end to capital punishment in the United States. It is an energizing grassroots week of training, advocacy, action, community and education. Tens of thousands of tourists and locals, from all over the U.S. and throughout the world, pass by our vigil and table, so the opportunity for dialogue and discussion at a real grass-roots level is invaluable to the movement.”

Our immense appreciation and gratitude to the Alabama State Conference of the NAACP and Greater Birmingham Ministries for signing on to the letter demanding that FDR Safety and Clinical Pharmacology Services immediately abandon its corporate program to build nitrogen gas execution chambers and stop profiting from death. Our thanks also to Alabama CURE and NATIONAL CURE of which we are a life time member who also signed. Here is the link for organizations to sign by Friday, July 9thhttps://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeLCvE1ge7ORXZLYMZR_inZw1LLfZh-DbsvGPc9NXFKnN0ZLw/viewform

 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. Stay safe!        

                                                                                                           Esther