Alabama State Coordinator
Jason Barnes is a community organizer raised in Mobile, AL since the age of ten. After graduating, he joined the Army Reserves and upon serving for 7 years, he started working in community organization serving as the University of South Alabama NAACP College Chapter’s first president where he focused on addressing police violence, community building, voter registration, voter education and protecting disenfranchised people of color on the college campus and surrounding area. He transitioned into the Mobile County NAACP Branch as the Press & Publicity Chair and Young Adults Chair leading the campaign to address the wrongful arrest and assault of Chikesia Clemons. In 2019, Jason moved to Montgomery continuing his work in community organizing as a Re-Enfranchisement Outreach Fellow for the Southern Poverty Law Center, assisting people with felony convictions restore their right to vote, collaborating and building coalitions with community organizations across the black belt of Alabama. Jason has worked on various political campaigns most recently working on Steven Reed for Mayor campaign as a Field Organizer and Volunteer Trainer. He’s the host of Reading While Black Podcast, an innovative show that doubles as a book club centering African American literature and prioritizing work by Black and Brown authors. Reading While Black houses nearly 7000 listeners and followers across the internet acting as an online safe space for those that enjoy reading.
Jason uses he/him pronouns.