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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
WE ARE WHO WE SAY WE ARE
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
Ms. Sheila Phipps
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What We're Up To
BAR NONE’s 1st of 7 Conversationals, in partnership with Healthy Start New Orleans presents…“Daddies, Donuts, & Dialogue: “A conversation with dad’s on how their being incarcerated affected the relationship between them and their children.” Often times, discussions regarding the prison industrial complex, exclude those who are formerly incarcerated, although we see fit to interview Read more about Daddies, Donuts, & Dialogue[…]
Tuesday, November 27th is #GivingTuesday. We ask that you please remember BAR NONE on that special day! We’re doing some great work in the community and making the world a better place for many, who otherwise would not have a chance to prosper. Please visit our homepage to check out our mission statement and again, Read more about Please remember BAR NONE on #GivingTuesday[…]
Presented by Travis Hill NOLA & Bar None Come view artwork of Travis Hill Students & enjoy light refreshments & learn how to help New Orleans Embrace our young people as they return to our community from incarceration. Event cost: FREE! Donation requested not required. Donate
Come out to sip with us and raise awareness about Bar None.
May in the United States is Mental Health Awareness month and BAR NONE, Inc. would be remiss if we didn’t speak to the fact that millions of American’s, in particular black incarcerated women suffer from mental illnesses. Our partners True Love Movement (www.truelovemoment.com), a New Orleans based licensed counseling agency, are working to shed light Read more about In America A Disproportionate Number of the Black Incarcerated Population Suffer[…]