MVFR Charleston staff attended "Hands Around the State House", a gun rally orchestrated by Project Unity, a SC non-profit which aims to build stronger communities by reducing crime. The rally, which took place at the State House in Columbia, SC, pushed for more extensive background checks when purchasing firearms. SC State Senator Marlon Kimpson, who represents District 42 in Charleston, also the same district as MVFR's Charleston office is located, spoke at the rally along with Alana Simmons, granddaughter of slain Mother Emanuel massacre victim, Rev. Daniel L. Simmons Sr. Mother's Demand Action, a national group of mothers who have lost a child to gun violence was also present at the rally. "Let's keep working to close the loopholes. Fired up," said Senator Kimpson. Below are a few pictures from the rally as well as a link the Charleston's Post & Courier piece about the rally.
More than two hours after Vernon Madison was scheduled to be executed Thursday by the state of Alabama, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling upholding a lower court's stay of execution, saying there should be more time to review his claim that he is no longer competent because of strokes and dementia. For weeks, Madison's attorneys from the Montgomery-based nonprofit Equal Justice Initiative had been seeking a stay from state and federal courts since the execution date was set in March.
Attorneys for one of Alabama's longest serving death row inmates, Vernon Madison, 65, say he should not be executed because he suffers from dementia, and several strokes have caused significant mental decline, including memory loss and a "profound level of disorientation and confusion." Attorneys from the Montgomery-based Equal Justice Initiative filed the emergency stay request Wednesday in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Alabama. The state attorney general's office must file a response by Monday.Read more