Who We Are

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

What We Do

#TIME SERVED:

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 Artists 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 PARTNERSHIP:

 

                             Danielle Metz

“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.”

Photo By Gus Bennett

                   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

 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! 

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Photo By Gus Bennett

Literal About Literacy Book Club

A few months ago, we started a book club mainly just discussing books that we read via sporadic phone calls/ emails when able (it’s really expensive to do either). We have received another huge donation of books from the celebrated journalist, now famed, best-selling author, Ta-Nehisi Coates of his new book, “The Water Dancer”, we have decided to do more than just donate the books to people who are incarcerated, but start a book club and have a more organized approach to our Literacy program. 

Having dialogue via email or phone about the books we are reading, gaging overall thoughts on what we’ve read, only broadens the horizons of all participants regardless of our circumstances. In addition, if the author is still among the living, write her/him a letter with our collective thoughts and if they have transitioned, write the letter, still, in the memorandum.

*All books are pre-approved through the department of corrections.

With Intent to Prevent” Keeping Youth Youth Measure 

There are so much conversation and energy that goes into an intervention that society doesn’t focus on how much of it can actually be prevented. And although there are times when intervention is absolutely necessary, and there is no other alternative but to intervene, so much of what young people get themselves into can be just as easily prevented. As parents, educators, activists, community members, we recognize, remember, and understand the importance of the tribe, We know that without us there is no them. A simple hello goes a long way with a child so imagine how far a conversation can go or showing interest in what they’re interested in, even if you disagree. A healthy debate makes for an inquisitive mind and someone who is self-determined to learn more and teach even more. Servant Leaders. We have been able to do this in spaces as small as one on one and as large as 25 to 1. There is no such thing as too little or too many when referring to young people in general and Black children specifically because they are the ones whose lives are at stake. 

The state of Louisiana locks up children as young as ten years old. In New Orleans, most of those children are Black males and most of those arrested are school-based. As a liaison, we assist schools, parents, and more importantly, the child, who is the one that is supposed to be met with compassion first and counseling as an alternative, not prison. 

What we do matters because children matter most to us. Those same little people will be responsible for our way of life sooner than we think. Right now we have the opportunity to be on the side of humanity and guide them because we love them.

 

 

PROGRAMS 

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Our Tribe

Tuere Burns MEd 

 

Executive Director

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Nicole Marshall 

 

Operations Director

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Arlene Culpepper 

 

Public Relations Communications Director 

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Sunni Patterson 

 

Visionary Ambassador

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board members 

Board of Directors:

   Dr. Kimberley Richards          Raymond “Terrell” Porter
   Michael Pellet
   Dr. Curtis Davis
   Dr. Elizabeth Jeffers
   Daryl Lumpkin

Advisory Board Members:

   Danielle Metz
   Kenyatta Williams
   Robert King
   Dr. Imanni Sheppard
   Asali DeVsn Ecclesiastes  

Campaigns to make a difference

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EXONERATE AUGUST “GERTTOWN” WILLIAMS

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FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS

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WHAT WE’RE UP TO

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SO YOU KNOW

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