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2011 April 26
by J.A. Myerson

Ahmed Maher, co-founder of the April 6 Youth Movement, which catalyzed Egypt’s revolution this January and February, is in New York and would like to meet young activists here!

He will be at the Brecht Forum at 451 West Street in New York City (map) TONIGHT at 9 PM.

Space is limited, so please e-mail to RSVP.

Profile from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace:

Ahmed Maher, one of Egypt’s best-known youth activists, has led politically mobilized young Egyptians and worked to develop their political consciousness through the skillful deployment of new technologies and social networking sites such as Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, and Twitter. He is the co-founder of the April 6 Facebook group, or “April 6 Youth,” an activism campaign launched in April 2008 in solidarity with workers’ strikes in Mahalla al-Kubra. The group quickly grew to over 70,000 members and Maher emerged as a key organizer of Egypt’s first-ever general strike. Maher has attempted to organize numerous demonstrations since April 2008, although his efforts have been hindered by the interference of security forces as well as the April 6 movement’s own internal divisions and dwindling membership. Most recently, Maher played a role in organizing a protest in June 2010 to show solidarity with Khaled Said, a young resident of Alexandria who was killed by Egyptian police officers. Maher has expressed support for Mohammed ElBaradei and his potential bid for the presidency.

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