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John Legend launches HUMANLEVEL to address systemic racism in local communities

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Musician and philanthropist, John Legend has announced his new initiative to help fight systematic racism in local communities. The organization will help provide the needs of communities at the city and local levels as well as advocate for more equitable policies at the state and federal level. 

HUMANLEVEL will allow residents, community stakeholders, and local government officials to create progressive projects that address issues that negatively impact local cities such as housing, employment, education, health, and the criminal justice system.  

The initiative is an expansion of Legend’s FREEAMERICA campaign, which seeks to end mass incarceration and invest in communities.

“We’ve started an initiative called HUMANLEVEL where local governments have invited us to work on specific projects to make their communities stronger and more equitable,” Legend said. “Many of the problems our country faces today are difficult to address at the federal level. Many issues are really at the doorstep of your mayor, your county council, and your community leaders coming together to answer questions about how we can support each other, keep each other safe, and rebuild our country in a way that truly includes everyone.” 

HUMANLEVEL partnered with The Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Sony Music Group, and Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey‘s #StartSmall where they plan to conquer major cities including Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Birmingham, Milwaukee among seven other communities.