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 DC-Havana Sister City Project and the No War On Cuba Movement. He is an organizer in the International Committee for Peace, Justice & Dignity for the People, formerly the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5. Netfa is also a radio co-producer/co-host for Voices With Vision on WPFW 89.3 FM that airs Tuesdays from 9-10am. In 2011 Netfa was a recipient of the Washington Peace Center’s Activists of The Year Awards and has been a workshop facilitator as part of the Educator’s Collective for the Wayside Center for Popular EducationTrain the Movement: A Trainers of Color Collaborative, and completed the “Amandla! Black Community Organizing Internship” of BOLD, Black Organizing for Leadership & Dignity.

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 Context, Zimbabwe: 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. He also serves often as a commentator on radio and TV outlets.

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Alonzo Smith and the Role of Private Policing in Anacostia

Netfa Freeman talks about what short and long term justice would look like for Alonzo Smith, a local teacher killed in the custody of special police.

Hipocresia! A Revolutionary Perspective On Obama’s Visit to Cuba

IPS policy analyst Netfa Freeman demystifies much of what has been said about Obama’s visit to Cuba, from the perspective of one friendly to the Cuban Revolution.

On Heels of Obama’s Historic Visit to Cuba, Advocates to Gather in Washington

The International Committee, accompanied by dozens of supporters from across the United States and beyond, will descend on Washington from April 18-22 for a second “Days of Action against the Blockade.”

Class and The Movement for Black Lives

In this special edition of imixwhatilike! we hosted a panel focused on class politics within the movement for Black lives.

From Civil Rights to Human Rights, Black Community Control Now!

This UN presence marks another important step forward to obtaining true independent oversight and justice for many who have lost their families to anti-Black police terrorism.

May Day 2015, Interview with Gerardo Hernandez

An interview with a member of the Cuban 5, Gerardo Hernandez.

Has U.S. Policy Toward Cuba Really Changed?

Despite its improving relations with Havana, Washington’s ultimate goal for the island remains regime change.

An Interview with Rene Gonzalez, of the Cuban 5

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 Holguín, Cuba,

The Search for Snowden and Obscene Assaults on Sovereignty

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales — no place to land.

April 22 Brown Bag on Venezuela’s Electoral System

The presentations of Dan Kovalik and Alex Main, who served as official international election observers for Venezuela’s April 14, 2013 presidential election.

A Day to Remember A Martyr

Malcolm X was assassinated 48 years ago, but his killers failed to keep him from living on in the hearts and minds of those he left behind.

Points On a Progressive Drug Policy for the Obama Administration

Institute for Policy Studies Fellow Sanho Tree offers his expert analysis at author event for “A Secret History of Coffee, Coca & Cola,” by Ricardo Cortes.

The Wolf, The Wool and The 99%

IPS’ Karen Dolan sheds light on who is crying wolf and trying to pull the wool over our eyes, the 99%.

Shift the Budget Debate: A PG Town Hall: Matias Ramos

IPS’ Newman Fellow Matias Ramos addresses Prince George’s County residents and policy makers about how current and flawed immigration policies impact the 99%.

Shift the Budget Debate: A PG Town Hall: Karen Dolan

IPS’ Karen Dolan addresses Prince George’s County residents and policy makers for a dialogue and strategizing meeting.

The Adventures of Unemployed Man

Listen to this montage of audio clips from an “Adventures of Unemployed Man” event.

Glimpse Into the Book Signing and Adventures of Unemployed Man

Halloween took a uniquely creative and progressive twist as people wore their favorite political superhero or villain costume.

Sheridan Circle Memorial 2010

Listen to a recording of this year’s moving Sheridan Circle memorial ceremony. This annual event honors the memory of Orlando Letelier and Ronni Karpen Moffitt.

DR Congo: Independence 50 Years Later

Intermingled frustration, disgust, African pride, and human compassion marked the 50th anniversary of the troubled nation’s independence from Belgium.

The Chase for the World Cup Has Begun

Amidst the celebrations there are some real questions about how the people of South Africa will benefit from the World Cup.

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