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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 7.1.20

                  Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 7.1.20
 
We are honored to be a member of Alabama Arise and therefore would like to lift up its Town Hall Tuesdays. They are opportunities “to hear what is happening on key state policy issues and to share your vision for Arise’s 2021 policy agenda.” Registration is required which one can do at ALARISE.ORG/TOWNHALLTUESDAYS. Esther has registered for Justice for all on July 7th, 6 p.m. And while we are on the topic, please mark your calendar for the Arise Annual Meeting, Saturday, October 3rd which will also be remote.
 
There are encouraging results from the 2020 Gallup Poll and we quote from the Death Penalty Information Center:” May 2020 Gallup Values and Beliefs poll, released on June 23, 2020, found that the percentage of Americans who consider the death penalty to be morally acceptable has fallen to a record-low. According to Gallup, 54% of U.S. adults said the death penalty is morally acceptable, a six-percentage-point decline over the course of the last year and the lowest in the 20-year history of the poll. “
 
During these difficult times it is always refreshing to hear of neighbors reaching out to neighbors. One of our Board members had the great idea of starting a “Poor Box” on his tier. Those who are fortunate and better off make a donation for those less fortunate and the rule is that the only way one can take an item from the box is to gift it to a man who is without support. And yes, it is much easier to give than to receive!
 
We are delighted to report that the Executive Director of the Alabama State Conference of the NAACP, Ms Terra Foster received her phadp t-shirt and looks forward to wearing it often! She also received “the most heartwarming card from some very important people. Thank you so much. I will start posting these moratorium talking points on our AL NAACP Facebook page. People need to know about this. We need to get people talking.” Absolutely great and completely unexpected!

Killing is surely a sign of weakness and not of bravery and so as the country is preparing to celebrate the 4th of July the Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to the federal death penalty method, allowing the executions of four men scheduled in the coming weeks to go forward. They would be the first uses of the death penalty in federal cases since 2003. We have a long way to go before we are the home of the brave and the free!
 
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