#FreeMeekMill: Massive ‘Rally for Meek’ Protest Floods the Streets of Philadelphia

Rally for Meek: Protesters Assemble to Protest Meek Mill Sentencing
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Rally for Meek: Protesters Assemble to Protest Meek Mill Sentencing
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Rally for Meek: Protesters Assemble to Protest Meek Mill Sentencing
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Rally for Meek: Protesters Assemble to Protest Meek Mill Sentencing
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A number of high-profile celebrities joined the ‘Rally for Meek’ in Philadelphia on Monday evening, all chanting ‘Free Meek Mill!’

It’s being protested as an extreme sentence for a simple parole violation.  And the result of a justice system that disproportionately targets African-Americans like Meek Mill.

On Monday night, celebrities, fans, and activists took to the streets to support the South Philadelphia rapper.  They blocked entrances and exits to the Philadelphia Criminal Justice Center on Filbert Street; some commuters and pedestrians were disrupted for hours.

And the list of protesters was definitely A-list.  On the music side, attendees included Rick Ross, Diddy, and Freeway.

But that was just the beginning.  The rally also drew numerous members of the Philadelphia Eagles, note to mention Kevin Hart, Julius ‘Dr, J’ Erving, and Pennsylvania state representative Jordan Harris.

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All dedicated to reducing a 2-4 year prison sentence for rapper Meek Mill.

Rick Ross was among the most vocal protesters.

“I’m here for one reason, to support by brother Meek Mill. I want you to understand that, if it takes Meek Mill to draw this attention, [then] we’re going to use Meek Mill to draw this attention.

“But it’s going to speak for so many others.”

Others have been protesting the Meek Mill sentence from afar.

That includes Colin Kaepernick, who offered this protest via Twitter.

“Sadly there are Black folks going through the same radicalized injustice(s) within the justice system that Meek Mill has experienced for over a decade EVERY SINGLE DAY.”

— @kaepernick7

Jay-Z offered a similar rebuke on Facebook.

“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 prison term follows numerous parole violations after a 2008 gun charge.

In the sentencing phase last week, Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley pointed to extensive breaches.  But the latest violation stemmed from a 2008 gun possession charge, part of a seemingly-endless string of penalties.  All of which is fueling outrage over a system that may be keeping itself in business with overbearing prison terms and endless parole requirements.

Accordingly, Meek’s attorney, Joe Tacopina, has vowed to challenge the ruling and remove Brinkley from the case.

More as this develops.