Avaaz is a civic organization from the United States. At the moment, the organization specializes in promoting global activism and specializes on a number of issues such as conflict, poverty and corruption. The organization is also known to specialize in animal rights, human rights as well as climate change. Its participation in these issues has led to the Guardian to refer to the Avaaz as the largest growing online activist network. It has also been referred to as the most powerful network. The name Avaaz has its origin from the Persian language meaning a song or voice. The name has also been used in the Indo-European languages and more information click here.
The group was founded through the efforts of individuals and other groups. Groups that helped in the formation of Avaaz back in 2007 include Res Publica, MoveOn.org and Services Employees International Union. These are organizations that focus on deliberative democracy, civic virtue and good governance. On the individual level, Avaaz formation involved a number of individuals such as Tom Pravda, Ricken Patel, Tom Perriello, Jeremy Heimans and David Madden. Other people who were crucial in the formation of the organization include Ben Drandzel, Andrea Woodhouse and Eli Pariser and Avaaz’s lacrosse camp.
At the moment, the organization acquires donations from the founding members. Prior to 2009, Avaaz used to accept donations from corporations and governments. Since these donations came with strings attached, the organization no longer accepts them. Its activism is present in 30 countries across the globe. Some of these countries include Brazil, Lebanon, India and the United Kingdom and follow their Twitter.
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