ART AT THE RENDON

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“Starting with an activation of the entire building, ART AT THE RENDON will begin with the multi-sensory event HIDDEN ROOMS, taking place on the first weekend of June, 2018.”

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“Utilizing all three levels of the building, HIDDEN ROOMS, curated by Cindy Schwarzstein of Cartwheel Art, will feature over 50 artists, muralists, musicians and performers, transforming every corner of THE RENDON into an interactive community-centric installation. HIDDEN ROOMS will be the first of what will be an ongoing presentation of cultural programs hosted at THE RENDON. This is truly just the beginning.”

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FREE MEEK MILL

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Jay-Z: The Criminal Justice System Stalks Black People Like Meek Mill

On the surface, this may look like the story of yet another criminal rapper who didn’t smarten up and is back where he started. But consider this: Meek was around 19 when he was convicted on charges relating to drug and gun possession, and he served an eight-month sentence. Now he’s 30, so he has been on probation for basically his entire adult life. For about a decade, he’s been stalked by a system that considers the slightest infraction a justification for locking him back inside.

What’s happening to Meek Mill is just one example of how our criminal justice system entraps and harasses hundreds of thousands of black people every day. I saw this up close when I was growing up in Brooklyn during the 1970s and 1980s. Instead of a second chance, probation ends up being a land mine, with a random misstep bringing consequences greater than the crime. A person on probation can end up in jail over a technical violation like missing a curfew.

Taxpayers in Philadelphia, Meek Mill’s hometown, will have to spend tens of thousands of dollars each year to keep him locked up, and I bet none of them would tell you his imprisonment is helping to keep them safer.

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