What’s Happening in Ethiopia?
December 8, 2021 @ 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
An Internationalism from Below Forum
Join us for this discussion about how to make sense of the current crisis in Ethiopia.
How should progressives make sense of the government of Ethiopia, alongside the Amhara regional militia, launching a genocidal attack on the country’s northern Tigray region — even going as far as inviting neighboring Eritrea to join in on the atrocities? NGOs have documented some of the torture, sexual assault, starvation and state violence uniquely directed at Tigray — including Eritrean refugees who lived there prior to the war — but without providing broader analysis of the historical and contemporary political forces driving the conflict. The panelists in this forum will juxtapose the Tigray genocide with the #OromoProtests movement — which ousted the previous regime — seeking to rectify legacies of conquest and enslavement in an Ethiopian empire best described as a “prison house of nations”…. Read More.
J. Khadijah Abdurahman is founder and Director of We Be Imagining at Columbia University’s INCITE Center and the American Assembly’s Democracy and Trust Program. They are also a Tech Impact Network Research Fellow at NYU’s AI Now Institute in partnership with UCLA’s C2I2 and UWA Law School. Their research focus is on predictive analytics in the New York City child welfare system and the role of tech in mass atrocities in the Horn of Africa.
Maebel Gebremedhin is the founder and president of Tigray Action Committee, a nonprofit committed to helping end the suffering of millions of Tigrayans due to the #TigrayGenocide.
Ayantu Tibeso is a scholar focusing on transnational Indigenous Oromo knowledge production and archival erasure in the construction of Ethiopian national narratives. She is a Cota-Robles Fellow and doctoral student in Information Studies at UCLA.
Promise Li is an activist and writer from Hong Kong and Los Angeles. He organizes international solidarity work with Internationalism from Below and Lausan Collective.
- Ayantu Tibeso & J. Khadijah Abdurahman: “Tigray, Oromia, and The Ethiopian Empire”
- Maebel Gebremedhin: “Will My Tigrayan Family Ever Really Be Free?“
This event is sponsored by Haymarket Books, Internationalism From Below, Africa Is A Country, and Review of African Political Economy (ROAPE). While all of our events are freely available, we ask that those who are able make a solidarity donation in support of our important publishing and programming work.
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