Avaaz: A Civic Organization Promoting Progressive Change

Established in 2007 Avaaz encourages global activism through petitions, demonstrations and helping independent press in war-torn countries around the world.  Focusing on issues such as climate change, animal and human rights, poverty, corruption and conflict, Avaaz is a civic organization based in the United States.  Avaaz was co-founded by Res Publica and MoveOn.org and is currently being managed by president and executive director Ricken Patel.

The civic organization of Avaaz unites practical idealists around the world through supporting progressive causes.  In 2011 Avaaz supported the no-fly zone over Libya resulting in military intervention being brought into the country.  Avaaz supported protests efforts in Iran during the presidential election of 2009 by setting up internet proxy servers giving protesters the ability to upload videos to public websites.  Since November 2016, Avaaz has actively campaigned for no-fly zones over Syria and especially Aleppo, a site of civil unrest.

According to The Guardian Avaaz does not receive donations from foundations or corporations.  Although Avaaz doesn’t accept donations over $5,000, the civic organization has raised over $20 million.  To promote global activism Avaaz manages teams of campaigners in 194 countries.  Team campaign members communicate primarily by email where campaign suggestions are submitted by Avaaz members.  If a campaign suggestion has an opportunity to be successful, the campaign idea is polled by 10,000 Avaaz members.  Once the polled campaign suggestion generates adequate response, the campaign idea is emailed to all Avaaz members around the world.  The Avaaz staff poll and test campaign ideas weekly to promote awareness and progressive change.

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