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Manny’s: The Revolution in Sudan: How tech and organizing overthrew Omar-al-Bashir
May 20, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Sudan just had a revolution! Mohamed Abubakr is coming to Manny’s to discuss how it happened and what’s going on on the ground now.
What is the most recent revolution to have occurred? The revolution in Sudan which ended Omar-Al-Bashir’s 26 year long reign. But how did it happen? Why now? What work was done to get the Sudanese people to where they are now. Here to discuss is Sudanese revolutionary, Mohamed Abubakr.More about Mohamed:Mohamed Abubakr, a Sudanese human rights, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and humanitarian activist, and founding President of The African Middle Eastern Leadership Project, will share the back story of how, earlier this year, Silicon Valley’s most powerful tools were harnessed halfway around the world by protesters in Sudan to bring down Omar al-Bashir, a ruthless dictator who helped perpetrate a genocide against his own people in Darfur.
At a moment when social media has exacerbated political divisions here in the US, Mohamed will share how Sudan’s human rights protesters, led largely by women, millennials, and liberals, have leveraged the tools invented in San Francisco’s backyard to fight off an oppressive leader; what marginalized groups in the US can learn from the Sudan’s protesters; and what we in Silicon Valley can do – in partnership with organizations like The AMEL Project – to help support those fighting for more vibrant, inclusive, and free societies here and around the world.
Mohamed is the founding President of The African Middle Eastern Leadership Project (AMEL), an organization that trains and empowers millennial leaders from Africa and the Middle East the skills of organizing and engaging across political, religious and social divisions to build inclusive, democratic and tolerant societies.
Since high school, Mohamed has founded and led numerous organizations and initiatives focused on humanitarian, human rights, youth empowerment and peace programs across the Middle East and Africa (MEA) including in Sudan, South Sudan, Egypt, Israel, the Palestinian Territories and beyond. Mohamed has also documented and mobilized against human rights abuses across MEA, and since arriving in the United States has become a sought after voice at the State Department and in Congress concerning policy and human rights issues in the region.