Rallying for Justice
Brooklyn-raised rapper Jay-Z has been on his 4:44 tour for weeks, sparking important conversations in each city he visits. He has used his concerts’ stages as a platform to speak about Colin Kaepernick’s 2016 protest, police brutality, and Meek Mill’s “heavy-handed” sentence. He most notably spoke out against Mill’s sentence in a Facebook post, which was deemed headline-worthy by several outlets.
Jay meaningfully wrote:
The sentence handed down by the Judge — against the recommendation of the Assistant District Attorney and Probation Officer — is unjust and heavy handed. We will always stand by and support Meek Mill, both as he attempts to right this wrongful sentence and then in returning to his musical career.
The “Run This Town” rapper sparked a flood of support for Meek from celebs like T.I., Kevin Hart, and Rick Ross. While it started on social media, several artist have gathered together to promote a rally begging for justice for the Philly rapper.
America’s Criminal Justice System
“Our criminal justice system has failed Meek Mill and millions of others like him,” the flyer reads. “We stand for justice.”
The rally is scheduled for today (Nov. 13) and will begin at Philadelphia’s Criminal Justice Center. While it is unclear which celebs will show up to the rally, several have been talking about it. Philadelphia Eagles player Malcolm Jenkins, Black Thought, Rick Ross, Kevin Hart and others have all posted the flyer for the event on social media. The flyer was shared so much that #Rally4Meek started trending on Twitter and Instagram.
Calling Tom Wolf
This effort comes after a petition urging Philadelphia’s governor Tom Wolf to look into Meek’s sentence was started. The petition — which popped up soon after Judge Genece Brinkley sentenced Meek Mill to up to four years in prison for violating his probation set by a sentence in 2008 — claims that “justice for Meek Mill is justice for all.” The petition, which has a goal to get 500,000 signatures, has been signed by over 345,000 people.
“The criminal justice system is adamant that individuals work in order to be productive citizens, but at times made it difficult for Meek to be able to earn his livelihood,” the petition states. The statement continues:
“Every time Meek needed to travel, he was forced to seek permission, which was often denied unnecessarily, We humbly ask for the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons to grant relief in his sentence and call on Governor Tom Wolf to closely look into this matter and address why Meek, and thousands of other young, black men throughout the state are unnecessarily incarcerated for minor parole and probation violations.”
Staying on Topic
While Jay-Z, who was the first to publicly shame Meek’s sentencing, will most likely miss the rally, he’s showing Meek tons of support on his 4:44 tour. “If you give me two seconds… I’ve got to say something about a young man by the name of Meek Mill,” Jay said in the middle of performing in Dallas on his tour. “He caught a charge when he was, like, 19. He’s 30 now; he’s been on probation for 11 years. F–king 11 years. Judge gave him two-to-four years because he got arrested for being on a bike and popping a f–king wheelie.”
Hopefully the countless number of supporters Meek is getting is helping him hold his high as he sits in prison. The Wins and Loses rapper turned himself over to authorities less than a week after being sentenced. While news that he plans to appeal the decision broke recently, Meek has yet to say anything about the case himself.
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