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Alicia Keys Jumps Into Politics With ‘Love Note’ to Paul Ryan (video)

Alicia Keys has sent a video valentine to House Speaker Paul Ryan.  She's urging him to move forward on criminal justice reform. (Photo: ScreenCap)

Alicia Keys has sent a video valentine to House Speaker Paul Ryan. She’s urging him to move forward on criminal justice reform. (Photo: ScreenCap)

Alicia Keys has just proved that politics really does make for strange bed fellows. The Grammy-winning artist released a video today (Feb. 4) urging House Speaker Paul Ryan to vote on criminal justice reforms. Talk about soft sell, she makes the appeal through a valentine.

Keys is not known to be political, but since last year she’s been championing civil rights and social justice issues through her “We Are Here” group.

“Help bring justice reform to a vote so we can keep families together and reunite those that have been torn apart by excessive incarceration instead of just getting the help they needed,” she says in the video.

Keys told CNN that she was motivated to start the group after watching how little change there has been in the face of continuing civil rights violations around the globe.

Her Web site weareheremovement.com is designed to bring people together on the issues.

“I have seen the devastating impact that incarceration has had on families. For the women and children left behind, it can deepen poverty and hopelessness,” she said in a statement.

“I am asking for Speaker Paul Ryan’s help in bringing about policies that can help rehabilitate instead of punish, so we can keep families together that have been unjustly torn apart by excessive incarceration.”

“Valentine’s Day is all about love and compassion, so it’s the perfect time to remind Speaker Ryan why justice reform matters to so many Americans.”

Keys has also written song “We Are Here,” and her next album will be focused on the same theme, she said.

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