Andrea Buffa is nationally recognized anti-war and media activist. As the executive director of Media Alliance from 1997 to 2001, she was a leader in the campaign to take back the Pacifica Radio Network from corporate hijackers, and organized a national mobilization against the National Association of Broadcasters, a lobbying group for the corporate media, when it met in San Francisco.
In 2002, while at Global Exchange, she helped found United for Peace and Justice, the largest peace coalition in the United States, was its co-chair for one year, and also served on its steering committee.
Andrea was a key U.S. organizer of the February 15, 2003 anti-war actions that provoked the New York Times to acknowledge that the peace movement was the second world superpower. She was also a lead organizer of the half-million person strong march outside the Republican National Convention in New York City in September 2004. In January 2004, she led a fact-finding delegation to Iraq to understand the impact of the US war and occupation on the Iraqi people.
Andrea has freelanced as an organizer or public relations person for nonprofits and activist groups ranging from A Jewish Voice for Peace to SEIU Local 250 to the National Coalition for Jobs and Income Support and the Pacifica Campaign. She did the initial PR for Cindy Sheehan's 2005 vigil outside President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas.
Andrea has been an activist and organizer since her high school years and has worked on more peace and justice issues than she can remember -- Central America solidarity, South African apartheid, women's rights, housing rights, diversity in academia, media consolidation, Iraq, and others.
Publications by or about Andrea Buffa include:
Chocolate's Horror Show, by Andrea Buffa, www.tompaine.com, October 31, 2006.
Houston, We Still Have A Problem, by Andrea Buffa and Pratap Chatterjee, www.CorpWatch.org, May 16, 2005.
Code Pink's Andrea Buffa: A Wise, Wry Smile on Face of Dissent, by Dennis Duggan, published by the Long Island, NY Newsday on Tuesday, August 24, 2004 and posted on www.commondreams.org
The 21st Century Teach-In, by Andrea Buffa, www.AlterNet.org, posted March 24, 2005.
"Anniversary of a Bombing, by Andrea Buffa, www.AlterNet.org, posted March 25, 2004.
"National Progressive Media: Who's Left?, by Andrea Buffa, Media Alliance, www.alternet.org, posted February 6, 2001.
- What’s wrong with the US media system and what you can do to change it
- Organizing and activism 101
- How to get media attention for the issues you care about
- Fair Trade chocolate and coffee
- The Iraq war and strategies for the peace movement
If you would like to plan a speaking event with Andrea, please contact her at andreabuffa2006 [at] gmail [dot] com