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An estimated 25,000 concert-goers stood outside of the state Capitol August 21st for the Imagine Justice Reform concert headlined by Common and J.Cole.
Advocating for prison reform, the concert was also live streamed in efforts to draw attention to the justice system across the state of California. Currently lawmakers are considering three bills that would change the way incarceration works in California.
In a recent interview, Common speaks out and says:
When you realize it, it’s been a systemic thing that has kept people from having their rights. Like just being able to vote, having proper housing, just being able to get a job.
#LastNight was what every #HipHop fan dreams of for a concert. Two of the best to ever do it, sharing a stage. Music with a message for the movement. We are in this Fight, together as one, united in #Love, #Hope, and #Justice against hate. #Peace, and #PowerToThePeople ✊ #Resist #ImagineJustice #SchoolsNotPrisons #WeGotWorkToDo #ResistHate #OnwardAndUpward #KeepGoing #StrongerTogether #MentalHealth #Psychology #Service #Healing #LicensedPsychologist #SocialJustice #BlackLivesMatter #LoveAndBELoved #PhDodson
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Common and Cole performed some of their biggest hits during the show and were joined by fellow artists Andra Day, Ledisi, and many others.
Peace! Thank you to the tens of thousands of people that joined me on Capitol Mall in #Sac for a truly inspiring and historic night of music and activism at @ImaginexJustice. And thanks for standing with me on justice reform and ending mass incarceration. Art by @AFranks3. #ImagineJustice.
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The state Capitol wrapped up a series of 3 shows for Common and his support for prison reform.
Checkout the rapper’s journey as he visited four prisons, back March, below: