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Alicia Keys may be one of the most talented musicians in the game today, but she’s also one of the most philanthropic too.

The New Yorker has used her platform to advocate for everything from fighting HIV/AIDS, arts education in school, and eradicating poverty. Now, Keys is turning her sights on a new fight: justice reform.

Keys’ organization We Are Here partnered with #cut50 (a group who wants to cut the prison population in half) for #JusticeReformNOW. To aid the cause, Keys and others are calling on Congressional leaders to bring the issue of criminal justice reform up for a vote.

In a cheeky video message, Keys asks Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to be her Valentine….if he can deliver the reform her group is seeking.

We Are Here is also asking those who want to see justice reform pass to send their own Valentine messages to Speaker Ryan, because “Valentine’s Day is all about love, so it’s the perfect time to remind him why this matters. With your help, we can reunite loved ones who’ve been unjustly torn apart by excessive incarceration.”

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  • The irony is that this issue (or criminal justice reform) has support from people from across the political spectrum. I do believe in ending the mass incarceration state. Congress should act on criminal justice issues.

  • Jo ‘Mama’ Besser

    Yeah, good luck. If anything, he’ll work to increase the number of people in prison. I love that you guys picked the most inane, grasping and desperate picture you could find of him, too.

  • Rizzo

    that video was a little sickening …

  • bricktop_MelindaM

    Mr. Ryan will be too busy fighting with those Tea Party folks in congress just as his predecessor. He will probably never see this or respond. smh