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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 7.29.20

                   Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 7.29.20

Yes, our focus as an organization is on the abolition of the death penalty but over the years that has not meant that we are not interested in social issues, issues which all too often are a factor why people end up on death row. For those of you who have been with us for a while you may remember our Youth Outreach program which was developed by our young members and which we did our best to present to the public. We may be incarcerated but we are very aware of social issues and the difficulties in our neighborhoods and the importance for society to address these. We are glad to see real efforts being made on that front by people we know on the street and hope that somehow we can be instrumental in facilitating connections. We know some of the contributing factors that brought us here. How great it  would it be if we could somehow play a small role in helping to alleviate them!

We were touched by the statement by the Santa Clara County DA who is abandoning death penalty pursuit in all cases ” Rosen said he was inspired by a trip to Montgomery, Alabama with his synagogue and a church group, where he was personally moved by stories of slavery and the "abhorrent uses of the death penalty." We can only hope that one day the DAs in our state will be similarly moved. And then there is the Governor of WY who is considering a moratorium for fiscal reasons. Surely that should be a powerful reason for this state to consider doing the same?

The move to the Segregation Unit is to take place and be complete by August 1st. We have put out an urgent appeal to Kairos, City of Hope and other religious organizations to donate individual tablets. There had been suggestions that these could be shared but anyone who is familiar with how these function understands that this would be asking for major trouble. We turn to these organizations who had offered to install elecrtical outlets in the cells which was turned down and trust in their unfailing kindness that they will help us one more time.

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!