Avaaz means “voice” in many Indo European languages.
But the organization Avaaz, the most powerful online activist network in the world, is a “voice” which cannot be silenced in the face of injustice, discrimination, and corruption.
With an audience of nearly 45 million, the progressive activist group shapes opinion on climate change, government corruption, poverty, racism and other regional and national issues. They have a global outreach but the organization is based in New York and effectively gathers like-minded participants to effect change.
The organization makes an impact through petitions, demonstrations, and funding independent press.
After the election of Donald Trump, Avaaz gathered more than 4.5 million signature on a petition in the form of a letter to the newly elected president.
“The world rejects your fear, hate-mongering, and bigotry. We reject your support for torture, your calls for murdering civilians, and your general encouragement of violence,” read the letter.
Avaaz continues its battle on the front lines in the resistance to the election of President Trump.
Climate change awareness is also a call to action. The activist group supports and promotes the efforts of the 21 students who have filed a lawsuit against the federal government for not educating and protecting its citizens.
Another campaign which Avaaz draws attention to is the use of pregnant horse blood. This global market often times kills horses and their foals as their blood is used to make hormone for pigs to reproduce more quickly.
Rickin Patel is a co-founder and President of the organization. The Harvard-educated political scientist has global experience in election monitoring, mediation, and addressing political corruption. His work at MoveOn.org taught him the power of using online tools for activism.
The group has been able to raise over $20 million in online donation and has stopped taking donations from foundations and corporations since 2009.
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