Bridgette Simpson is a formerly incarcerated survivor, serial entrepreneur, and an organizer on the front line for our people’s liberation.
”I’m motivated by the need to redefine our collective narrative as a community and our individual well being in a system designed for our downfall.”
After doing 10 years in the Georgia department of corrections, Bridgette found herself face to face with the systemic discrimination inherent to being formerly incarcerated.
”Prior to my incarceration, I obtained several degrees, including a BS in finance and African studies from Rutgers University. Once, I was released, none of that mattered. In the eyes of society, I was just another immigrant and a felon.” However, that did not deter Bridgette. She decided to fight back, not only for herself but for all the formerly incarcerated people just like her. Hence the birth of Barred Business.
”There are millions of people who are justice impacted, either directly or indirectly, who face discrimination in every walk of life. From housing to jobs, to education, to financial assistance and even adoption.
Barred Business is raising money for those individuals who have decided to start a business, but was adversely affected by the pandemic.”
To date, the Barred Business has raised over $97,000 and has established partnerships with Princeton University, University of California Berkeley, the University of Texas, and the University of Georgia.
”I am asking you to join with us in creating a financial infrastructure for our brothers and sisters coming home.
Please go to barredbusiness.org and help us help each other.”