Avaaz is a civic organization based in the United States launched in January 2007. The primary reason for its formation was to focus on promoting global activism on issues that include human and animal rights, climate change, corruption, poverty, and conflict. It has grown to become the largest and powerful online activist network worldwide, as referred by the Guardian.
The organization, co-founded by a community of public professionals inspired to promote good governance, civic qualities and deliberative social equality, Res Publica and a non-profit progressive American policy advocacy group, MoveOn. The other founding partner was Service Employees International Union that supported the organization in a great way.
A British-Canadian Ricken Patel is the founding president and executive director of Avaaz. Other co-founders include Tom Pravda, the former Virginia congressman Tom Perriello, Eli Pariser and Jeremy Heimans. The president also is a board member along with, Tom Pravda (secretary), Eli Pariser who acts as a board chairman and Ben Brandezel the treasurer.
Avaaz carries out global campaigns which managed by a team of campaigners working for more than 30 countries, including the UK, India, USA, and Brazil. The members communicate through email and online public petitions, and email-your-leader tools. Besides, Avaaz also uses advertisements and commissions legal advice to clarify a suitable procedure to take a campaign forward.
Members also give suggestions on drives and backed by guidance from teams of experts and specialists. On attaining an optimal proposal, tester email polled to 10,000 members of Avaaz; whenever the emails receive the adequate response, the campaign is launched up to all members.
In a practical view, Avaaz supports progressive causes, such as calling for worldwide action on climate change and building a support base for refugees. Their efforts revolve around their mission to close the gap between the world we have and the world we want.
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