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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison

Apr
04

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison


Today we had a celebration of life party for Carey Grayson, phadp coordinator. It was sponsored by our good friends Christoph and Christa in Stuttgart, Germany. Our thanks to them, as well as to many, among them Bill Pelke, who asked me to convey special greetings to Carey. Perhaps it tells you a little about Carey the man, when I tell you that during our conversation he was very interested in hearing about possible developments for phadp and how he could/would assist me with them. I know he will.

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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 3.28.12

Mar
28

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison


The top issue discussed was the ruling by Federal Judge Leon banning sodium thiopental for lethal injection. Our biggest question is of course how this ruling might affect Tommy Arthur's lethal injection pleading before the 11th? At this point we are guardedly optimistic although the State is still planning tomorrow's execution.

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Board Meeting at Holman Prison 3.21.12

Mar
21

It was once more a very busy meeting. Different ideas were discussed how to make the execution vigils held by the men on the days leading up to an execution during their rec. time more meaningful. The vigils are a time of remembrance, not only of the man whose date it is, but also of the others who have been killed by the State since the 80s. By not forgetting them we experience a sense of continuity, and know that we too will also be remembered.

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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 3.14.12

Mar
14

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison


Small groups are in the process of being reformed on the various tiers under the Board's leadership. The focus by the leaders is on listening while guiding, so that the new men can not only develop a sense of ownership in the finished product, but also understand that each inidividual voice matters.

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Weekly Board Meeting at Holman Prison 3.7.12

Mar
07

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison



Topics for discussion were the many different voices speaking about the death penalty around the U.S. On the one hand there does seem to be a definite movement towards abolition, whether in California or CT and then, on the other hand, Nebraska chooses to use sodium thiopental, obtained illegally from a drug broker and against the wishes of the drug manufacturer. In Alabama we have no idea of the provenance of the drugs used nor of the execution protocol.

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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 2.29.12

Feb
29

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison


We discussed Talking Points for Thomas Arthur and Carey Grayson (aka Boo) and were delighted to welcome Boo back from "Single Walk." As we are a death row organization, we consult with the individual as much as possible about issues to raise when contacting the governor. I will be sharing the Talking Points with all of you.


Brandon Fountain, our Development Officer and Micah's House are planning a repeat of last year's Good Friday vigil in Birmingham. More on that later!

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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman 2.8.12

Feb
22

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison


Bill Pelke has graciously accepted the invitation to join our Advisory Board. Bill is plannning on writing a second book, in which he a chapter will be devoted to the Journey of Hope in Alabama. We appreciate the publicity for our state!


Esther reported on a productive meeting with the Auburn Ministerial Association. Our thanks to the Rev. Diana Allende for hosting this.

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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 2.15.12

Feb
15

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison


Most of the articles for the next edition of our newsletter Wings of Hope have been turned in. Now comes the arduous task of typing and formating and we are hoping for some typewriter ribbon soon.


Some of the men received positive legal news and are cautiously optimistic. We discussed the national shortage of the execution drug and are grateful for that as well as for the legal news.


We sang Happy Birthday to Jerry!

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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman 2.8.12

Feb
08

The Chairman reported on a positive meeting with the Death Row Captain. We are very appreciative of being given this opportunity to present some insights into who we are. Thank you!


 We also reported on the recent Journey of Hope events in East Alabama and the fact that Bill Pelke was able to meet Senator Hank Sanders and present him with his book. There have been further communications from Witness to Innocence, and plans are being made for speaking engagements in Alabama.

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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman 2.1.12

Feb
01

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman


Today our interaction had to be brief because I am on my way to the Auburn Unitarian Universalist meeting of the Journey Of Hope with Bill Pelke. After that, we go to Roanoke and then Valley in the evening. Nevertheless, there was time to talk to each member, (small group meeting today), Board plus Sub-Board meeting next week. All are well and as always I received lots of positive energy from hearing their voices.


I am grateful for my Holman family! See you next week! Esther

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