Meek Mill and JAY-Z are becoming a member of forces to repair the damaged justice system with a brand new group.
The hip-hop superstars appeared on stage in New York on Wednesday (Jan. 23), alongside New England Patriots proprietor Robert Kraft, Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin, and political activist Van Jones, to announce the launch of the REFORM Alliance.
The group consists of leaders in enterprise, authorities, leisure, sports activities, expertise, arts, and tradition, whose purpose is to shine a light-weight on social and racial inequalities throughout the system and “give voice to the unvoiced.”
“The mission of the REFORM Alliance is to dramatically scale back the variety of people who find themselves unjustly underneath the management of the legal justice system—beginning with probation and parole,” reads a tweet from REFORM. “To win, we are going to leverage our appreciable assets to vary legal guidelines, insurance policies, hearts & minds.”
Meek, who was launched from jail final April after spending 5 months behind bars following a probation violation, spoke about his experiences with the system and his need to assist others.
“Every time I began to additional my life with the music business, from touring the world, performing worldwide, and really being profitable to have the ability to present for my household and take them out of that ruthless atmosphere—yearly there was one thing that introduced me again to floor zero, and it was probation,” stated the Philly rapper. “I all the time questioned what occurred to the folks that was in conditions worse than mine.”
JAY-Z applauded Meek for bringing consideration to legal justice reform, and shared his personal expertise rising up in Marcy Projects. “I grew up with this problem and seeing individuals manner worse off than me,” he stated, including, “We’re all prisoners to this as a result of till everybody’s free, nobody’s free.”
Robert Kraft recalled his go to to Meek in jail, which modified his perspective. “I didn’t sleep the remainder of the evening after I went dwelling as a result of right here I’m considering how out of contact somebody like myself is with what’s actually happening,” stated the Patriots proprietor.
Michael Rubin additionally revealed how Meek taught him that there are “two Americas” after witnessing him get sentenced to 2-Four years behind bars. In that second, he realized that he was “useless fallacious” concerning the legal justice system.