In January 2007, Avaaz used the 1960’s social movements as a springboard to global activism. The ideas promoted in the 1960’s focused on racial injustice, antiwar, the cold war and “free love.” Avaaz, a Persian word translated as “voice” or “song,” is a civic organization based in the U.S. and has a global each bringing together millions of people who promote climate change, human rights, animal rights, corruption, poverty, and conflict.
Avaaz has multiple co-founders. These individuals support communities of all nations and are professionals whose focus is on exceptional governance, coupled with civic ethics and democratic ideals.
The co-founders of Avaaz are known professionals dedicated to promoting good governance, civic virtue, and deliberative democracy. They include Rick Patel, founding President and Executive Director of Avaaz, MoveOn’s Executive Director Eli Pariser, a political activist, Andrea Woodhouse, an expert in social mobilization and technology-based activism, Res Publica, an activist public affairs work group, the Hon. Tom Orava, former Virginia congressman, Tom Perriello, attorney, and diplomat, Dave Madden, an Austrian entrepreneur and co-founder of GetUp! an Internet-based political movement, and Jeremy Heimans, co-founder of Purpose.com.
Avaaz’s fund raises in thirty countries, and its funding resources rely on a team of campaigners accepting donations only from individuals, not corporations or foundations, for under $5,000 only. Fundraising is by email and internet public petitions and videos. Its style to reach the public and government is audacious and provocative.
Avaaz has used time-worn activism such as sit-ins, rallies, robocalls, and friendly media antics. Avaaz’s activists prepared cardboard pigs and paraded them to the doors of the World Health Organization demanding an investigation of swine flu’s links to large pig farms. Avaaz activists made a human chain spreading three miles from the Dalai Lama to the doors of the Chinese Embassy in London, demanding a discourse between China and London.
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