Reverend Al Sharpton is adding his voice to the #FreeMeekMill movement. The famed activist is planning to visit the Philadelphia rapper in prison in the wake of his 24 year sentence.
“Just because someone does something that is wrong, does not give you the right to do wrong to them,” Sharpton said during a National Action Network rally in Harlem on Saturday (Nov. 25). “The sentence must fit the violation.”
Sharpton’s planned visit to Chester State Prison, where Meek is being held, follows his history with criminal justice reform efforts. “In the 1990’s, Rev. Sharpton and others helped Tupac Shakur get out of solitary confinement at the request of his mother,” NAN said in a statement. “NAN has been monitoring cases across the country.”
Nearly one week ago, Colin Kaepernick said he was in contact with Meek, as well. “Spoke to Meek Mill & he wanted people to know regardless of his unjust situation, he’s in good spirits & humbled by the support the people have shown him,” he tweeted. “We’ll continue to fight against the harsh sentencing practices that have affected Meek & millions of other POC for generations.”