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Netfa Freeman IPS Events Coordinator


Netfa Freeman

Netfa was Director of the Institute's Social Action & Leadership School for Activists (SALSA) from 2000 to 2010 and is now the coordinator for events of the other IPS projects. SALSA provided affordable workshops covering all aspects of grassroots activism.

Netfa holds a B.A. in History from the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) and has been a political organizer/activist since 1985. He served as coordinator of the Committee for Political Education at the Pan-African Resource Center (1985-1989) and has worked as a phone-bank fundraiser for the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES 1988-1990).

Netfa has been intimately involved with many movements, such as the 1986 International Peace Gathering in response to the U.S. bombing of Libya, the 1997 Advocates Plus Save UDC movement, and the People Before Profit Community Healthcare Project that was organizing DC residents to take their healthcare needs into their own hands. He served for many years as boardmember for Empower DC, as well as on the advisory board of M.O.M.I.E.S. TLC, was U.S. liaison for the Ujamma Youth Farming Project in Gweru, Zimbabwe, and a founding member and a lead organizer in the No War On Cuba Movement. Netfa is currently a radio co-producer/co-host for Voices With Vision on WPFW 89.3 FM that airs Tuesdays from 10-11am. In 2011 Netfa was a recipient of the Washington Peace Center's Activists of The Year Awards.

His writings have been published in Black Star News (Ode To Black Women, Zimbabwe: Psychosis of Denial, What Happy Thanksgiving, Zimbabwe Election Deja Vu), Black Commentator (From Negro History Week to Pan-African Historical ContextZimbabwe: More Than Complicity of Silence, Africa Advocacy & The Zimbabwe Factor), and Black Agenda Report (Zimbabwe And The Battle of Ideas), Pambazuka News, Global Research, and beyond.

Recent Work

An Interview with Rene Gonzalez, of the Cuban 5
December 22 - Rene Gonzalez, the only member of the Cuban Five to be released from prison since their arrest in 1998 was interviewed by IPS' Netfa Freeman at the 9th International Colloquium for the Freedom of the Five and Against Terrorism held in HolguĂ­n, Cuba,

The Search for Snowden and Obscene Assaults on Sovereignty
July 12 - Bolivia's President Evo Morales -- no place to land.

April 22 Brown Bag on Venezuela's Electoral System
April 30 - The presentations of Dan Kovalik and Alex Main, who served as official international election observers for Venezuela's April 14, 2013 presidential election.

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