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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 8.26.20

                   Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 8.26.20


Throughout our 31 years of existence our organization has always understood the meaning of “no man is an island” and “together we can do it”. We have done our best to model what that means on death row at Holman as well as working with and doing our best to contribute to organizations on the street. Last week we had two heartwarming examples of what a difference outside organizations or individuals can make to promote our efforts on the inside.


First the Alabama NAACP shared our Weekly Notes on its Facebook page with the heading: “Please read the Holman Prison Board Meeting weekly report from Aug. 19, 2020. We have fierce warriors among us who are doing the work and who are not concerned about the spotlight. Let’s support them and their efforts.” Thank you Alabama NAACP and as you say:” it takes team work to make a dream work!”


But more was to come! On the first day of classes at UNA Advisory Board Member Dr. Katie Owens-Murphy wore the beautiful mask made here on death row by one of our artists which proudly proclaims our initials PHADP! What a great way for us to be present and because of the popularity of Dr. Katie Owens-Murphy it certainly lit up our Facebook page with lots of “likes” and now also our bulletin board here at Holman.


And further good news and another example of collaboration is that the interviews of our Board done by Dr. Katie Owens-Murphy for “Critical Criminology” received positive readers’ reports which is the first step towards publication.

All of this is of course very encouraging for us and helps to keep us motivated to reach out also to non-members at Holman and so for example when we get a request to come to a meeting to hear what we are doing, we are happy to grant it. For the past few months requests have been made and granted on a weekly basis.

Our thoughts are in Terre Haute, Indiana today and will be again on Friday.

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!