Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 8.4.21

Work continues on the Equal Protection issue. We have been able to attract the interest of several knowledgeable people in the field and are keeping them updated. Their reaction is encouraging.

For a while now we have been looking forward to having our own tablets and so we did our best to provide an overview of what to expect on the positive as well as the negative side. It would appear that the positive definitely outweighs the glitches that are part of all technical inventions and so we hope that we will soon be able to explore what the tablets have to offer for ourselves.

Last Friday was the last day for Shari Silberstein as Executive Director of EJUSA, a post she had held for 20 years. We are very grateful to Shari, shall miss her and wish her well in her new position. As her good bye Shari wrote the following https://ejusa.org/looking-back-on-20-years which we highly recommend. “Some of the achievements of EJUSA have been: groundbreaking victories state by state that ended the death penalty; expanded violence prevention and access to healing; built national coalitions of survivors, Latinx advocates, conservatives, and evangelicals; developed a groundbreaking program to heal the trauma caused by over-policing in communities of color; trained and supported hundreds of organizers; and developed an affirmative, holistic vision for addressing violence without prisons and police.” What a great and inclusive record!

We discussed the Death Penalty Blogspot “Death Penalty potentially dying, as DAs avoid capital cases. But prosecutors still misuse the death penalty to negotiate.” We like the conclusion that: “Ironically, local prosecutors making mundane but pragmatic charging decisions have recently done the most to end capital punishment. Now elected officials should straighten their spines and finish the job”. We are a little concerned whether Alabama elected officials are capable of straightening their spines.

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. Stay safe!


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