Avaaz: A Force for Change

Avaaz is not an ordinary civic activist group. This is quite clear by its advertised claim of over 44 million individual members. Clearly, Avaaz did not simply appear out of thin air. The organization was developed by the two groups Res Publica and MoveOn.org as a progressive non-governmental organization. Just some of the main individuals who led the two aforementioned organizations to create this formation were Ricken Patel, former Virginia congressman Tom Perriello, and MoveOn executive Eli Pariser. Unlike many organizations of its kind, Avaaz does not receive funding from corporations or individuals who wish to donate over $5,000. This means that the organization relies on the support of its members to survive.

Avaaz tends to support causes that are generally deemed progressive like climate change and environmentalism. For example, Avaaz’s website claims that Christiana Figueres credits Avaaz with mobilizing support for the Paris Climate Accord. Much of the public actions that Avaaz takes is through online petitions. In fact, the organization claims that causes like ocean conservation and net-neutrality were directly helped by Avaaz’s petitions that sometimes include millions of digital signatures. Support for the organization’s various petitions has only been helped by the Community Petitions section of their website that allows any member of the organization to create their own petition.

It is very clear that Avaaz has made an enormous impact on the world through its activism. In a strife-filled world that is full of division like ours, civil organizations like Avaaz are necessary to move society to a state that is better for both our planet and those who reside on it. If you would like to support Avaaz’s work, visit their donation page and make a contribution.

Avaaz – Fighting For a Better World

The term Avaaz is a transliteration of the Persian word Avaz, which means a song or voice. The name was chosen for the community because there are many similar words in many languages, with other less similar, yet connected words available in the majority of the Indo-European languages.

Launched in January 2007, Avaaz is a US-based civic organization. It exists to promote global activism on issues such as human and animal rights, climate change, poverty, corruption, and the various conflicts that affect the society. The Guardian terms the civic organization as the largest, as well as the most powerful online activities network in the world.

Avaaz is guided by one simple democratic mission – to bring together citizens of all the countries in the world, to bridge the gap between the world we currently have, and the kind of the world that most people dream of. The civic organization empowers millions of individuals from all walks of life to have the ability to take action on the pressing issues globally, regionally, and nationally – ranging from poverty to corruption, and climate change. The availability of the Internet allows the combination of thousands of efforts, irrespective of the size, to a powerful collective force, in the speediest way possible.

The community usually campaigns in 17 languages and is served by a core team present on six continents, as well as thousands of volunteers. Avaaz takes actions in the form of funding media campaigns, signing petitions, direct actions, calling, emailing and lobbying governments, as well as organizing offline events and protests. These actions are aimed at ensuring that the values and views of the world’s population inform the decisions that affect all of them.

The global campaigns of the community are handled by a team of campaigners placed in more than 30 countries inclusive of Lebanon, Brazil, India, and the United Kingdom. At times, when the situation demands it, the organization utilizes adverts and also commissions legal advice to understand how well to handle campaigns, rallies, and media-friendly stunts.

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