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File #: 190191    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 3/14/2019 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 3/14/2019
Title: Honoring, Recognizing, and Congratulating Robert "Meek Mill" Williams for his philanthropic and criminal justice reform endeavors and naming March 15th through March 17th 2019 Meek Mill Weekend in the City of Philadelphia.
Sponsors: Council President Clarke, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez
Attachments: 1. SignatureCopy19019100.pdf
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Honoring, Recognizing, and Congratulating Robert "Meek Mill" Williams for his philanthropic and criminal justice reform endeavors and naming March 15th through March 17th 2019 Meek Mill Weekend in the City of Philadelphia.
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WHEREAS, Robert Williams, known to the world as Meek Mill, is a critically-acclaimed multiplatinum hip-hop artist, songwriter, entrepreneur, actor and criminal justice reform advocate that hails from North Philadelphia.

WHEREAS, Meek Mill evolved from Philadelphia's hottest underground rapper to one of the world's preeminent musical artists, having released a slew of smash studio albums and singles. His latest studio album, CHAMPIONSHIPS, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's "Top 200 Albums," being his second chart-topper following his 2015 album DREAMS WORTH MORE THAN MONEY.

WHEREAS, Meek Mill is also the CEO of Dream Chasers, his music label imprint that he launched in 2012 and named after his mixtape series; and

WHEREAS, Since 2007, Mill has been entrapped in the criminal justice system and shuffled through the prison system over technical probational violations - all despite maintaining his innocence. His latest incarceration in November 2017 spurred the international #FreeMeekMill movement, where artists, athletes and others publicly advocated on his behalf until he was released on bail on April 24, 2018; and

WHEREAS, After his release from prison, Meek Mill has used his public platform to generate awareness around the problems of the criminal justice system, including excessive probation regulations, the disproportionate bail system, the lack of rehabilitation programs available, and how these problems disproportionately affect people of color; and

WHEREAS, Inspired by Meek Mill's ongoing battles with the criminal justice system, business and entertainment leaders such as 76ers owner Michael Rubin, Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Nets co-owner Clara Wu Tsai, hedge fund manager and investor Daniel Loeb, cryptocurrency titan Mic...

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