Meek Mill, now a free man, has vowed to help others break free of mass incarceration.
“I understand that many people of color across the country don’t have that luxury [to fight justice] and I plan to use my platform to shine a light on those issues,” the 30-year-old, whose his real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, tweeted Tuesday afternoon.
There are several ways that the “Dreams And Nightmares” rapper, who volunteered to prolong his jail term for the sake of bringing about prison reform, can further contribute to the movement against mass incarceration.
Back A Bail Fund
Black Lives Matter and other organizations have spearheaded efforts to raise money for jailed Black men and women. The groups organized Mamas’ Bailout Day last Mother’s Day to help incarcerated African-American mothers. Could Meek start his own monetary fund to stop mass incarceration?
Collaborate With Civil Rights Groups
Meek got a lot of love from his Philadelphia community and activists across the nation. Perhaps he will work with a Philly civil rights organization or other national groups to bring attention to and fight the harsh sentencing of Black people.
Start Social Campaigns
#FreeMeekMill became a rallying cry for the rapper’s release, with celebrities and other public figures chiming in to help Meek. For all the Meek Mills still in prison, the lyricist could start his own campaigns for justice on social media.
Make A Documentary
Jay-Z, who also expressed happiness over Meek’s release, produced a poignant documentary last year on Kalief Browder, the Bronx, New York teen who spent three horrifying years at Rikers Island despite never being convicted of a crime. Meek can take a cue from Jay and tell the stories of the countless young men who are also calling for prison reform.
Write A Book
Michelle Alexander‘s book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In The Age Of Colorblindness has won critical acclaim for its thoughtfully researched account of the nation’s criminal justice system. Meek could tell his first-hand account of what it feels like to be a Black man behind bars.