Bar None

What We Do & Why

Artist In Resident

Aligning with our mission, our AIR program speaks to an array of art. Our goal is to assist the artists with honing in on their gift/s, and developing as entrepreneurs through various standard, required business mediums. Graduation is a full out production of what they’ve learned and contributed during their residency.

Healing/Counseling

A partner effort with nationally licensed counseling agency, True Love Movement, More Than a DOC# speaks to the need of counseling for those returning home from prison for a multitude of reasons; 1) the inferiority the feel returning back to society, 2) removing the stigma of being the property of the department of correction 3) reminding society that they are human being as well and we should treat them as such.

Education

Our Education element has many levels to it as it serves to prevent children from entering the prison system, it intervenes in the juvenile injustice system, works to make the school to prison pipeline obsolete, fights to ensure that a quality, equitable, education is mandatory for all youth and adults who want it. We also partner with AERI to ensure those we serve attain tutoring and HiSET/GEDs so that can participate in our Artist In Resident Program. We believe in literacy and know that it is impossible to do anything if you cannot read or write. In order to be an effective and successful entrepreneurial leader, being literate is vital.

Entrepreneurship

From Artist to Entrepreneur is the goal of BN for those we serve! Learning the ins and outs of the what it takes to run a business, including branding, marketing, promoting, networking, planning, etc on both the state and federal levels is what is learned and received in our program.

Community-Driven Justice

Named by our 1st board chair, Dr. Ben Weber, CDJ workshops allows the community to become directly engaged in the process of Freedom and Liberation. Community members learn about policy and legislation– understanding, interpreting, writing, galvanizing, mobilizing– to get what works in the best interest of the community in place. CDJ It also works directly with those that have been wrongfully accused of crimes they did not commit to help them become exonerated. We use petitions, social media, our Conversationals. and the arts (theater, poetry, visual art) as a means to tell their story of wrongful conviction. McKinley MAC Phipps is currently serving a 30 year prison sentence for a crime he did not commit. He has already been incarcerated 20 years. https://www.change.org/p/bar-none-freemac-mckinley-phipps? use_react=false August Gerttown Williams served 50 years for a crime he did not commit. All the evidence and the 2 expert witnesses said so. But history shows that wasn’t enough for Jim Crow. https://campaigns.organizefor.org/petitions/exonerate-august-gerttown-wilson

Partnership

Partnership is the cornerstone of our organization. We believe in it wholeheartedly. Our Conversationals speak to Education, Community-Driven Justice and most of all Partnership. It brings people together to support each other, hold one another accountable, keep each other on task, focused and balanced, and remind us why we do this work. One of the main things that nonprofits speak about is funding to support their work and the biggest factor is partnership. Funders like to see true partnership; where the load is shared, everyone in contributing as opposed to competing, and that way those that are being served get what they need because we did it together.

100% of your generous gift allows for the continued services we provide to people impacted by the prison industrial complex. #LETSENDMASSINCARCERATIONTOGETHER

WE ARE WHO WE SAY WE ARE

Mission Statement
Transcending Incarceration With the People We Serve.

BAR NONE is a grassroots-minded, nonprofit organization offering people of Afrikan/African descent, who are currently and formerly incarcerated, seven elements of service: *therapeutic healing, *education, *entrepreneurship, *arts, *homes, community-driven justice, and *partnership.

Our Leaders in Service

Tuere Burns, MEd

Executive Director
…Mama, sister, daughter, educator, performing artist, Revolutionary… Flowing with the positive energy, passion, and fervency of a true New Orleanian, Tuere is recognized internationally as a powerful voice for justice and equality for people of color. Infusing activism and art, she has been called upon to perform her revolutionary~love poetry for the NAACP’s Annual Conference, served as chair, organized and performed for Black August International South, Malcolm X Grass Roots Movement, Malcolm X Day in Houston, Chicago, and Atlanta, The National Black United Front (NBUF) of Houston, Marcus Garvey Day in New Orleans & Detroit, the Black Afrikan Holocaust Conference, Hands Off Assata! Campaign, the Reparations Movement in Louisiana and Houston, New Orleans’ Annual Jazz & Heritage Festival, Annual International Reggae Festival. Tuere has been involved with various organizations around the world with her concentration being our youth, the prison and educational industrial complexes, and political prisoners and the equitable education for Black children. She served with Fred Hampton Youth Education Committee, People’s Inter-Communal Resistance Movement (PICRM), New Orleans point of contact for Angela Davis’ Critical Resistance, Chair for Black August International South, and is one of the organizers of the Akoben Words & Action Festival. She is also a member and the Political Education facilitator of the national organization Blackout Arts Collective. Tuere has made various talk radio and T.V. appearances worldwide as an artist and advocate for the freedom of all political prisoners, the proper and fair education and opportunity for our youth, justice and equality for people Black people and people of color, and against any form of violence, especially domestic violence to which she is a survivor. She served as a member of The Angola 3 Coalition and was instrumental in the freeing of The Angola 3’s Robert King Wilkerson and the closing down of Tallulah Juvenile Facility in Louisiana. She has worked with Critical Resistance, The Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana (JJPL), Kingsley House’s Freedom Summer, Sankofa Summers and numerous injustices that impair our youth, leaders, and community. She also worked tirelessly and directly on the campaign to free political prisoners such as Kamau Sadiki, Sundiata Acoli, and Ruchell Cinque Magee, Albert Woodfox, Herman Wallace, Pam and Romana Afrika, Herman Bell, Mumia, Dr. Mutulu Shakur, Leonard Peltier and countless others. She has participated in the annual Hands Off! Assata Campaign in Chicago. She has executed workshops for universities and prisons, facilitated forums, addressed students from elementary to college level on the importance of how spoken word can and should be used as an instrument to effect positive, communal change across the country and the Diaspora. Tuere was contracted as a Consultant with Hands On Atlanta to coordinate their 16 th annual Martin L. King, Jr. Service Summit in conjunction with The Martin L, King, Jr., Center for Non- Violent Social Change where she introduced the documentary, to “Trouble the Water” its directors, producers, and New Orleans activists to very broad Atlanta audiences. Because she understands the importance of an intergenerational connection (especially as it pertains to community organizing), and how art can play a vital role in it, she implemented Spoken Word University’s Annual Poetry SLAMS. She later served as the Leadership Development Manager and an Program Manager with their AmeriCorps schools program. She is the founder of Project Future for the Youth; founded in New Orleans in 1998, PFFTY is a grassroots organization that utilizes the union of art and activism as a vehicle to broaden the horizon of our youth to effect positive, social change for equality and justice in our community. PFFTY houses a plethora of programs that encompasses the art of activism and allows youth to realize that they have a voice and encourages them how and why to utilize it! Partnering with local organizations and businesses like American Friends Service Committee, True Love Movement, and Community Book Center and schools like John McDonogh, McDonogh 35, Xavier Prep, Warren Easton, 4 of the KIPP schools, Martin L. King Charter, and St. Mary’s Academy, just to name a few, she organized the “We Are One” Summit of Youth in Service which is held semi-annually in New Orleans with youth-led workshops. As co-director of the best seller, “I Am An Emotional Creature” by Eve Ensler (author and producer of The Vagina Monologues), she, and seven of New Orleans most talented young girls (all who range from ages 12-18), brought to life monologues and stories which are based on topics garnered from girls around the world. She also starred in another Eve Ensler masterpiece, A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer: Writings to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls. Both productions benefited the Crescent House and Liberty House of New Orleans. Tuere still works on efforts to bring quality education to Black children specifically by empowering Black teachers and parents through her consulting firm as well as being directly involved in her own children’s education as an active and outspoken parent. She is currently working on a book with Mr. August “Gerttown” Williams about his wrongful conviction as well as her own about the education system and its ties to the prison system based on her second thesis. Stay-tuned…

Ms. Sheila Phipps

Residency Program Director
Native New-Orleanian Artist. Activist. Organizer

Sunni Patterson

Ambassador
Poet, Teacher, Artist, and Visionary Sunni Patterson combines the heritage and tradition of her Native town New Orleans with an enlightened modern world view to create music and poetry that is timeless in its groove.

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