Meek Mill speaks onstage during the 2018 Essence Festival presented by Coca-Cola at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on July 7, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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When I think of Meek Mill, I think of his music, of course, (and immediately “Dreams and Nightmares” plays in my head) but I also think of the constant battle he’s been facing with the criminal justice system.

Since being released from jail, he’s been working to help others who may have been in the position he was in but don’t receive the amount of support he does.


“You know, there’s people that’s locked behind the walls, caught up in the darkness, who don’t have the support,” Meek said told the Bleacher Report. “So I hope that we get people behind them like myself. And we stand up for people that’s caught up in the system that don’t belong there.”

Meek has been working with 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin to launch a foundation to help reshape the system. The details haven’t been finalized but they plan to get other “big people who you know and follow and care about ” involved, according to Rubin.

The pair met a few years back at the NBA All-Star game when they sat next to each other and since then Rubin has learned about the incarceration system and felt inspired to help, he called it a “life-changing event.”


In an interview with Bleacher Report, Meek and Rubin spoke about their upcoming project and Rubin thinks it’ll make a huge impact.

“We think we can launch what will be the most impactful foundation within criminal justice reform and create a movement,” said Rubin.


When all of this is executed, I think it’ll be great. So many people are affected by the criminal justice system and their voices go unheard.

Montana Couser is a recent Howard University grad and Philly native.

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