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Weekly Report from the the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 5.30.18

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 5.30.18

These days it is a challenge to come up with positive news to discuss. We understand that the death penalty being intrinsically evil contributes to this and so here is an example. Although we welcome Senator Feinstein after years of support for the death penalty now coming out against it the fact that it appears to be politically motivated only reinforces what we have known for a long time. State murder is all about politics. What does that say about this country, this state?

Another example of the challenge is that an Alabama judge last week imposed a death sentence in a 10-2 jury recommendation for death. We are the only state which does not require a unanimous recommendation! 

But now for some positive news! Congratulations to our friends of International CURE for their just completed conference in Rwanda calling on the United Nations to abolish immediately the death penalty and the other death penalty, life without parole. We would call that being The Other Voice! And while we are at it we would also like to give a shout out to Starvin’ for Justice 25th annual Fast & Vigil in Washington DC on June 29th-July 2nd of which we are a supporter. If you are interested in attending you can google it and register on line.

And finally last but certainly not least a local event where we plan on tabling Juneteenth Community Festival - Saturday, June 9 on the grounds of Goodsell United Methodist Church 10am - 5pm Eastern Time. 1007 North 6th Avenue Lanett, Alabama.

Esther called in on the Pastor Kenny Sharpton Glasgow radio show on 99.1 fm and was warmly received. The topic was White Privilege and the Justice System in Alabama. She agreed with the Pastor that it must be talked about openly and acknowledged before there can be any hope of improvement and that it is dishonest to deny racism.


See you next week!

                                            Esther