Avaaz means voice. A civic community-based organization mobilizes quick support for activism campaigns involving human rights, economic issues, animal rights, climate change and conflict among others. Giving a voice to those who need it. The group was established in 2007 in New York City and enjoys extensive membership with over forty million followers in two hundred countries around the world.
The group can use this expansive membership to mobilize rapid support for its activities across the globe. Recently, the group mobilized activists to celebrate the recent presidential election results. They group supported the president on values to stop the spread of extremism. The celebration also attracted veteran survivors of the Holocaust who shared his experiences to highlight the dangers of extremism.
Harsh living conditions in concentration camps, which took away his parents’ life. These only ended with the end of the Second World War. The group also took the opportunity to reject racial intolerance for awareness, peace, and unity. The group is adamant there is no space in today’s politics for extremist candidates. The right wing opposition’s manifesto included prohibiting immigration, expanding law enforcement and prison capacities to deal with extremism.
Avaaz and its supporters feel this course of action is more likely to create the opposite effect. The desired outcome is tolerance and inclusivity. Other activism techniques include funding media campaigns, direct action, lobbying governments, and organizing offline events. Besides activism, the group utilizes mainstream media to spread awareness and foster discussions around key values. It is also leveraging advances in technology to enable rapid, scalable, focused and flexible campaigns globally.
It is wholly member-funded enabling it to focus on matters of public concern. The battle lines have now shifted to the legislative elections where the organization hopes to rally support around candidates who share similar values to enable the French President to deliver on his manifesto.
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