Activism helps discriminated groups make their voices be heard. It also helps in defense of things have no way of defending themselves yet they are on the verge of elimination and discrimination such as animals and the climate. That is why many organizations assist in defending climate change, animal rights, and human rights, speaking against corruption, poverty and looking for ways of solving conflicts. One such organization is Avaaz which has been in the forefront in defending the rights of various groups in the society.
Avaaz was co-founded in 2007 by Res Publica, a group of professionals who are dedicated to the promotion of good governance, democracy, and civic virtue and MoveOn.org, an American progressive public policy support group. The individual founders of the community include Ricken Patel, Tom Parriello, Tom Pravda, Eli Pariser, David Madden, Andrea Woodhouse and Jeremy Heimans.
It is considered the largest and most influential civic organization in the world. The name Avaaz is derived from a Persian word ‘âvâz’ which means ‘voice’ or ‘song’ thus Avaaz is considered the voice of many. It was formed with a simple purpose of uniting people from different nations to come together to create a better world for everyone. The group has empowered many people of all walks of lives, and currently, the group boosts itself with a membership of over 40 million active members globally. With the use of internet organizing model, Avaaz has enabled the efforts of various individuals in their small ways to combine their efforts thus creating a very powerful collective force. One notable factor about Avaaz is that since 2009, it has never accepted donations from corporations or foundations. It does not also accept payments of over $5,000. Avaaz entirely depends on the generosity of its individual members for its funding, and so far, the members have raised over $20 million. Avaaz’s aim is the unification of idealists of the world to create a better world. It often supports activities it considers progressive in nature.