In the world today, there is an ever-increasing concern for bringing about better change in many countries. With the constant struggles for democracy across much of the Middle East and Asia, there is no lack of a need for positive forces to counterbalance terroristic leaders. The need for positive influence against corruption and abuses from people in power is not in small demand.Because of this there are a series of different organizations around the world that have been developed over the last two decades that are involved in the fight against whole variety of important protective issues. Some of the most prominent issues faced by people in all nations include: climate change, poverty, animal rights, wars and conflicts and the ever constant need to battle third world corruption. That is exactly what Avaaz Organization is involved with every day. Avaaz is a worldwide non-profit corporation that was started in 2007 to help promote global activism specifically in these areas.
Founders Of Avaaz
The group was founded by a group of progressive activists from the U.S. and Australia. Some of the primary founders are part of MoveOn.org. However, other prominent co-founders include a former Virginia congressman Tom Perriello and the Service Employees International Union. The Avaaz Organization has been noted to be involved in a variety of civic and democracy related events on many fronts.
Sample Of Avaaz Projects
On a global scale they have worked covertly behind the scenes in Syria and Iran. One of their more controversial and prominent projects in 2009 was setting up a proxy server during the protests in Iran to allow demonstrators to still have internet access to rally more of the public. They did this by allowing the protestors to upload videos of the protests through the use of their proxies when the government had shut down internet access. They have also been involved in U.S. projects to block companies like Monsanto from their continued contamination of produce and campaigns to protect the U.S. bee population from extinction from pesticides.
The Core Of Avaaz
The main founding president and CEO of the organization is Ricken Patel. He received his Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard and was intrinsically involved in the group known as the International Crisis Group. This groups primary focus is bringing opposing sides together globally in areas of significant strife to start a dialogue. His work brought him into places like Sierra Leone, Sudan, Afghanistan, and Liberia where he worked on brokering peace discussions.The Avaaz Organization does not typically take donations from foundations or corporations. It primarily is funded through smaller donations from people who become members. Those donations from members do not typically exceed $5,000. Presently, Avaaz has nearly 47 million members worldwide. Their website is available in 17 different languages.