Friday, December 12, 2014

JAY Z MEETS W/ GOV. CUOMO TO PUSH FOR CHANGES TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM


Jay Z wants justice. Following public outcry in the Eric Garner decision, the hip-hop mogul met with Governor Andrew Cuomo to push for changes to New York’s criminal justice system.

During the private session with Jay Z, Russel Simmons and the Governor, they discussed developing legislation to reform the state’s justice system in response to the protests over a Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict a New York police officer, whose chokehold led to the death of Eric Garner.

“Gov. Cuomo and Shawn 'Jay Z' Carter had a productive conversation about doing a top-to-bottom review of the criminal justice system and how we can all work together to pass a reform package that ensures equality in the eyes of the law,” said Cuomo spokeswoman Melissa DeRosa.

Jay Z was instrumental in delivering “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts to LeBron James and other NBA players, who wore them on the court. He also ordered a box of 1,000 shirts inscribed with the phrase, which has become a rallying cry for protesters.

Jay Z is not the only rapper being proactive. J. Cole, Common, and Q-Tip have also advocated for reform by marching in the streets with protesters.

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