Empowering Youth Against Violence: You're Invited

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
December 1, 2008
Protestors Call For FARC To Release Hostages

Facebook, Google, YouTube, MTV, Howcast, Columbia Law School, Access 360 Media and the U.S. Department of State are bringing leaders of 17 pioneering organizations from 15 countries together with technology experts in New York on December 3-5, 2008, for the first-ever conclave to empower youth against violence and oppression through the use of the latest online tools. These young leaders will form a new group, the Alliance of Youth Movements, which will produce a field manual for youth empowerment.

We'd like to invite you to participate digitally and to help build the online community to support this initiative. As an online participant, you will be able to watch the summit streamed live from Dec. 4-5 on Howcast.com and participate in community forums to comment on the proceedings and upload your own thoughts and experiences via video and wiki guides.

You do not need to login to watch the proceedings or to view the wikis and videos of conference participants. If you would like to participate, you can either login by creating a Howcast profile or via your Facebook account. On the Howcast banner, you will see the "Facebook Connect" logo. Login with your Facebook user id and password, and you will automatically be able to interact.

The summit agenda will be posted very shortly to Howcast.com, so you can either choose to watch the entire proceedings or only those panels that would be of interest to you.

Speakers at the Summit will include:
• Whoopi Goldberg, Host of ABC’s “The View”
• Dustin Moskovitz, Co-Founder, Facebook
James K. Glassman, Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, U.S. Department of State
• Oscar Morales, Founder, One Million Voices Against the FARC
• Luke Russert, MSNBC
• Matthew Waxman, Associate Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

The gathering was inspired by the success of the One Million Voices Against the FARC, a group started on Facebook.com by young people in Colombia. Aided by social networking technologies, the organization inspired 12 million people in 190 cities around the world to take to the streets in protest against the FARC, an extremist group that has been terrorizing Colombia for more than 40 years. The magnitude of the marches illustrated once and for all that the FARC lacked a strong support base. Within days of the protests, the FARC witnessed massive desertions from their ranks. The Colombian group will share their ideas with leaders of other groups that use social and mobile technologies to promote freedom and justice and oppose violence, extremism and oppression.

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