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Who We Are
BAR NONE by DeSign is a grassroots-minded, nonprofit organization offering Black people who are currently and formerly incarcerated, and their families, eight elements of service: *therapeutic healing, *education, *entrepreneurship, *arts, *homes, agriculture, community-driven justice, and *partnership to eliminate recidivism and dismantle/abolish the prison industrial complex.
#TIME SERVED: AIR (Artists In Residency)
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.
Between board members and staff, including our Executive Director, we have over 100 years of education and actual classroom teaching and administrative experience collectively. Because of this, we will soon offer HiSet/GED programming and tutorial.
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.
We honor and hold dear our partnerships with other organizations and agencies whose missions and visions align with ours. They are critical to our work in this movement and appreciate that we are able to support one another.
Community involvement is imperative to any movement. Understanding that when the whole of the community is equipped with the necessary to effectively organize in numerous forms is the win!
* Political Education (P.E.)
* The Policy Process (interpretation, understanding, writing, advocacy, lobbying, passing, voting)
* Free All Political Prisoners Initiative
* Education on the Prison Industrial Complex and why we move to abolish it
* and much more!
“I heard about BAR NONE through a childhood friend. They invited me to attend an event and I did. I think this program is amazing! Art is one of the best forms of expression. It is very therapeutic, especially for those who are incarcerated. I was moved by what I witnessed and accepted the invitation to become a board member.”
Gerald “G-Dot” Davis
“My experience with BAR NONE has been helpful because it gave me a chance to build as an artist and work with other kids who were in situations similar to those I had been in previously. While working with BAR NONE, I began preparing for my next project, “Audible”, the inspiration from which came from New Orleans/Summertime energy. I’m also working on an EP to released once the proper groundwork has been laid for my musical career.”
LEGACY: In the Fight for Our Freedom Fighters
–Photo By Gus Bennett
Political Prisoners are people who are incarcerated for their political beliefs and/or actions. People like members of the Black Panther Party have been incarcerated for years because they exercised their rights under the law to ensure that Black people were recognized and treated like human beings. Some have been incarcerated for as long as 60 years in the most horrible of conditions, sick and far away from family and other loved ones. They are all our elders! It is now our responsibility to fight for their freedom the way they lawfully fought for us to enjoy some of the freedoms we do today!
August “Gertown” Willams
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