Some thoughts on Where was/is our State Department in all of this– What is the U.S. role in organizing youth throughout the world? Is this something that will bring about positive change by destabilizing countries in the name of hoping to achieve democratic principles? Are we meddling where we should not be? Are we doing the same thing with the Unions thoughout the world? What will be the end game? As the saying goes, be careful what you wish for.
From The Nation: Who is behind Egypt’s revolt?
….according to one account the April 6 group has more than 80,000 members on Facebook. The two groups, which work together, are nearly entirely secular, pro-labor and support the overthrow of Mubarak and the creation of a democratic republic.
The April 6 movement wasn’t unknown to the United States and its embassy, we know from Wikileaks. In December, 2008, US Ambassador Margaret Scobey reported that the embassy was well aware the Egyptian dissidents, including April 6, had spoken of a plan to organize together to topple Mubarak, noting that “several opposition forces” had “agreed to support an unwritten plan for a transition to a parliamentary democracy, involving a weakened presidency and an empowered prime minister and parliament, before the scheduled 2011 presidential elections.” Scobey wrote that the details were “so sensitive it cannot be written down,” though she called it “highly unrealistic,” she helped arrange for some activists to attend a youth meeting in New York from December 3–5, 2008, called the “Alliance of Youth Movements Summit,” organized by the State Department. A representative of April 6, presumably Maher, visited Washington and met with thinktanks and officials on Capitol Hill. Read more at The Nation
Mexico City 2009 Summit
Due to the success of the original AYM Summit, US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, organised a second AYM summit to be held in Mexico City the following year.
Clinton gave her support in Mexico City just six months prior to the Summit: “Young people around the world are poised to lead this kind of innovative citizen empowerment, which is why the United States is supporting a summit here in Mexico of Alliance of Youth Movements, to connect up young people working to end to end violence throughout Latin America, whether it’s domestic violence or dating violence or lawlessness in the streets of your community, we must all take a stand against violence. And this is a new tool that will help.”
However, the main goal of this conference was to encourage the use of Social Networking to “Effect Change”, with particular emphasis put on Twitter, Facebook and viral video websites such as Howcast. 
Here is what happened at theAlliance of Youth Movements meeting.
These discussions contributed to the construction of Creating Grassroots Movements for Change: A Field Manual and the launch of a new organization, The Alliance of Youth Movements whose intentions was to work to help other organizations use online technology to advance their causes.
“Participants in the summit will discuss a variety of practical topics, including politics, resisting violence, and technology; sustainability and long-term planning; and the use of viral video in social movements. The sessions will be streamed live during the conference through news sources and other Web sites.
To learn more about how to get involved in the 2009 Alliance of Youth Movements Summit in Mexico City, or to watch it live, visit” http://youthmovements.howcast.com/