Avaaz Group- Fight against Social Injustices
Avaaz is an online based activist’s site, whose name was derived from the Persian and means “voice”. The group was formed on January 2007 to enhance worldwide activism on matters of Human and animal rights, climate change, poverty, corruption and conflict. They have received massive recognition globally and just recently, the Guardian; a UK based newspaper categorized them among the most vibrant online activism sites in the world.
The platform is a brainchild of Ricken Patel in conjunction with, Tom Perriello a congressman from Virginia, Tom Pravda, Eli Pariser of Moveon, Jeremy Hiemans, David Maidden and Andrea Woodhouse. Several activist groups like Moveon.Org of America, Res Publica and the Service employee International Women were also among the group`s founding partners.
Ricken Patel is the organization`s CEO and President. Patel attended the Balliol College of the Oxford University and graduated with a Bachelor`s in Philosophy, Politics Economics (PPE). He later went to Harvard University and left with a Master`s in Public Policy. He was later hired by the International Crisis group and worked in different countries globally, including, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and Sudan. Throughout his career, he claims to have mastered the art of bringing rebel forces round the table to deliberate on matters election and revive the public`s hope towards the corrupt governance system. After returning to the US, he worked as a volunteer at the Moveon.Org where he perfected the art of applying online tools to boost activism.
According to the Guardian Magazine, Avaaz has not accepted donations exceeding $5000 from either corporations or foundations since 2009. Their main sponsors have been individual volunteers whose donations have since accumulated to $20 million. The group`s campaigns are conducted by campaigners situated in over 30 states globally. Communications are made through emails with campaigns being conducted using videos, public petitions and emails. In some instances, the group relies on advertisements and applies legal processes to determine how best to take up the campaign. Undoubtedly, Azaaz is a unique idea that has been in the front run to advocate against state crimes.
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