Netfa started at IPS as Director of the Institute’s Social Action & Leadership School for Activists (SALSA) from 2000 to 2010 and is now the Events Coordinator for the other IPS projects. Netfa is also an organizer in Pan-African Community Action (PACA), on the Coordinating Committee of the Black Alliance for Peace, and is Co-Producer/Host for the radio show and podcast Voices With Vision on WPFW 89.3 FM that airs Tuesdays from 9-10 am EST. His writings have been published in Black Star News, Black Agenda Report, Pambazuka News, Common Dreams, Global Research, and beyond and he is often interviewed on radio and TV outlets.

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. In 2011 Netfa was a recipient of the Washington Peace Center’s Activists of The Year Awards and was a workshop facilitator as part of the Educator’s Collective for the Wayside Center for Popular Education and for Train the Movement: A Trainers of Color Collaborative.


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