Avaaz is a US-based organization that stands up for ethical practices such as human rights and animal rights and takes a stand against things like climate change, corruption, war, poverty, and conflict. The Avaaz organization is currently known as and marketing itself as “the globe’s largest and most powerful online activist network”. Avaaz is taken from the Persian language and means “voice” or “song”. The word “voice in the English language is also connected to the term Avaaz and the organization was established in January 2007.
Avaaz takes action against these various causes that they stand up against by signing petitions, organizing (PEACEFUL) demonstrations, and supporting independent press releases on conflictual topics. Avaaz was founded by Res Republica which promoter civil discourse and appropriate actions through his organization and was co-founded by Ricken Patel. The organization is also run by the same website that runs and backs MoveOn.org as an organization.
Beginning in 2009, Avaaz decided not to take any corporate foundations or corporations but is funded by private corporations and has not accepted a private donation for more than $5000 either. It’s the generosity of each individual member that helps the group raise funds successfully. It’s estimated that there are about 10,000 online, active Avaaz members and so far there have been about $20 million raised to date for various causes. The suggestions come from members as to where this money should go and what causes they should try to “shine a light on” to make a difference.
Demonstrators consistently organize peaceful protests, sit-ins, rallies, phone chains, and media-friendly stunts to get the word out about how they feel on different issues and to raise public awareness of the injustices done throughout our democratic societies today. They also fight against things like sexism, racism, classism, and other bigotry that they feel still helps divide our world today.