By Dymond Alexis
Meek Mill is continuously uplifting the Philadelphia community and fighting for those who aren’t able to fend for themselves. Meek Mill is more than a rapper, he’s became a community activist in the process.
Meek Mill held a press conference at the Philadelphia Municipal Services Building on April to announce that he is proposing a new bill designed to change the state of Pennsylvania’s probation system.
The bill is being pushed by Meek Mill, Philadelphia 76ers owner Michael Rubin and CEO OF REFORM Alliance Van Jones – the bill is set to keep fewer people on probation.
“I always speak for the people without a voice,” he told the crowd. “I hate that it had to be me to go to jail for it to become an issue. But it is an issue and this is where we are at. So I decided to use my time, my platform, my energy to speak for people who don’t have a voice.”
According to TMZ, the bill is designed to stop courts from handing out consecutive probation sentences and prevent the court from extending a person’s time on probation or parole over the “nonpayment of fines and fees.” The site says it will also establish incentives that “reward good behavior.”
Meek talked about explaining to his son why he was incarcerated at the time and his son is still trying to understand why. We need our black men and their families need them too.
The video from the press conference can be seen on Blackaphillyated’s IGTV.