Common Holds Burlington Coat Drive in His Hometown of Chicago

Throughout the holiday season, Burlington customers can donate new and gently worn coats at their local Burlington store. This year, Common, along with teenage students from his Common Ground Foundation, launched the iniative in his hometown of Chicago.

For the past 13 years, Burlington, alongside their partner Delivering Good, has been committed to hosting this coat drive for the less fortunate. Over 41 million people live below the poverty level in the U.S., and they are in desperate need of coats in these colder months.

“I am committed to supporting and uplifting the people of Chicago through any ways possible. The Common Ground Foundation has been one of the greatest and most impactful ways to give back to my hometown. I am excited to team up with Burlington and Delivering Good and bring it home so that we can give Chicagoans a sense of hope, keep them warm and make a difference in their lives, ” said Common.

Anyone can donate a coat at any Burlington store through January 20, 2020. All of those who donate will receive 10% off of their total purchase at the store. To learn more and find a store near you, visit

Watch a quick video from the event below!

Common Will Host Imagine Justice Concert to Advocate for Criminal Justice Reform

Common is hosting a star-studded community concert in Sacramento to advocate for criminal justice reform!

The concert, called Imagine Justice, will be held on August 21 and will feature performances from J. Cole, Goapele, Los Rakas, Syncopated Ladies,  and Common himself! Van Jones, DeVon Franklin and Bryonn Bain are also set to speak.Imagine Justice is a free concert for the community, with over 30,000 people registered to attend!  It sounds like it’s going to be an amazing time, and will also continue to spark discussion and action towards criminal justice.

The day after, Common will join several organizations in the State Capitol to meet with the governor, caucuses, and other legislators to discuss upcoming bills. Then he’s going to head to Folsom State Prison to perform for the men there, along with Goapele and Mike Epps. So he’s definitely busy trying, and has been for quite some time, to evoke changes specifically when it comes to mass incarceration and reform bills.

The criminal justice system in America is definitely broken, and events like this continue the dialogue and education that need to happen. It’s awesome that Common uses his platform to speak out on criminal and social justice and is making change across this country!


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