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Netfa Freeman IPS Events Coordinator

netfa@ips-dc.org


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

Op-Ed
The United States, Cuba and Moral Authority
April 29 - Barack Obama dominates his Republican rivals here in the United States, but against Cuba it's nearly impossible to claim the moral high ground. Published in Black Agenda Report.

Commentary
Why UDC's Students Are Upset
February 18 - A UDC alumnus thanks its open enrollment policy and affordable tuition for being able to work at the Institute for Policy Studies. Published in The Washington Post.

Commentary
Zimbabwe and the Battle of Ideas
September 25 - Mugabe and Tsvangirai have a power-sharing deal. Will it work? Published in Black Agenda Report and Black Star News.

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