Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 11.29.23
The State of Alabama has set 1.25.24 as the execution date for Kenneth Smith. The Talking Points are at https://www.phadp.org/execution-alert-kenneth-eugene-smith/ on our website. Please: Take action to spare Kenneth’s life at bit.ly/KennethSmithAL or at athttps://actionnetwork.org/petitions/stop-the-execution-of-kenneth-smith and write to the Governor as well!
Robert Grass, an attorney for Smith, stated that his defense team is disappointed in the decision and will continue to fight in court.“We remain hopeful that those who review this case will see that a second attempt to execute Mr. Smith — this time with an experimental, never-before-used method and with a protocol that has never been fully disclosed to him or his counsel — is unwarranted and unjust,”. Attorneys for Kenneth Eugene Smith filed an amended lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the proposed new execution method.
There will be a Faith Rally in support of Toforest Johnson, an innocent man on death row, this Sunday, Dec.3rd. 4:00-5:30 pm at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 600 Center St, Birmingham.
We are pleased and proud to report that former Board member before he was exonerated and now Advisory Board member, Gary Drinkard is representing us in Rome at Sant’Egidio’s Two days to say NO to the death penalty: the "Cities for Life" event on November 29th and 30th. We are grateful to be able to report that the scheduled execution of Kenneth Smith and how to help has been raised as a major concern.
We cannot say thank you enough to the ACLU of Alabama:” It's Giving Tuesday! We partner with some incredible groups all year round but this Giving Tuesday, we've selected four Alabama based organizations doing necessary work in the South.” We are one of them!! Not only does the ACLU of Alabama ask people to join in supporting the work with a donation but they also provide a link to find out more about each organization! Talk about true giving! THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
And here is our Christmas card list: https://www.phadp.org/christmas-card-list-2023/ . Thank you to all who were so kind as to respond.
We thank all who are working so hard and diligently to stop all killing in Alabama! And as always in closing, we 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. And if you would like to order our book “Ghosts Over the Boiler” you can do so at Amazon.com. Stay well and be kind to each other!