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Weekly Report from othe Board Meeting at Holman Prison 10.31.18

 Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 10.31.18

The Board is continuing to formulate plans on its new initiative of reaching out to  organizations whose research was the basis of the abolition of the death penalty in Washington state. The question for us is how can we assist other states, especially those states that have the death penalty on the books but have not used it for years? We believe that abolition will happen state by state and understand that we will likely be one of the last to do this because of the pervasive racism in Alabama, however each state that abolishes brings us one step closer. We well understand and have always understood that it may not be in time for some of us but that thought has never deterred any of us from working on our mission.

Work is also continuing on expanding the list posted on our website of entities in Alabama in support of the moratorium. We keep busy identifying new likely candidates.

At the request of Advisory Board member and Murder Victim Family Member Callie Greer and friends at Greater Birmingham Ministries we sent a letter to Senator Doug Jones in support of the First Step Act which addresses issues in the federal system. And no, it has nothing to do with the death penalty but if we do not support our friends can we really expect them to support us?

We welcomed the news that Justice Sonia Sotomayor Oct. 29 called out an Alabama trial court's failure to preserve critical records in a capital case which would have proved that Tawuan Townes was improperly convicted. It is more than unfortunate, a disgrace that the U.S. Supreme Court nevertheless ruled against Tawuan Townes.

 And finally we discussed that everyone appears to be an expert these days, no doubt including us, and that no one appears to listen. This allows some in our nation to make statements that the death penalty would stop mass shooting but how about that" The 3 states with the highest murder rate Louisiana, Missouri and ALABAMA all still allow capital punishment." So much for deterrent!! Let’s all start listening to each other and please vote next Tuesday for candidates who do!

 See you next week!