Avaaz: The Rise of a Network of Progressive Idealists Throughout the World

Avaaz is a US-based civic organization bent on making sure changes are made to address climate change, human rights violations, animal rights violations, corruption, and poverty. It is considered one of the worlds largest online activist network.

Avaaz is actually the transliteration of a Persian word that means ‘voice.’ The organization uses a team of campaigners throughout 30 countries to give a voice to the voiceless. The countries include the UK, India, Lebanon, and Brazil, just to name a few. All members communicate through email and video chats. The members use all tactics available to them, such as online public petitions, videos, and social media just to name a few.

The network of activists also use many styles of political actions such as sit-ins, rallies, phone-ins, and social media stunts that might generate awareness. One of the most famous stunts that the group has organized is when a number of activists took a herd of cardboard pigs to the World Health Organization. This was done to be bring attention to the link between giant pig farms and the swine flu.

This group is known as a network of practical idealists who seek to change the world where it needs change. It is obvious that the group mostly supports progressive causes. Avaaz is the kind of group that could only exist now since so much of the world is connected through the internet.

There is no doubt that the group will only continue to expand since there are many other countries out there that need help, including countries most people think are doing fine. For example, Avaaz campaigned against Donald Trump who, they believed, would hurt the country and the world.

The group is looking for people who think similarly. They need volunteers and want people to get involved so that they can get things done.

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