Avaaz is a New York City-based civics organization. They promote global activism and have members from most nations around the world. This organization’s name was chosen because in a number of Asian and Middle Eastern languages is means “voice”. Their mission boils down to organizing their members to amplify their voices and move the world closer to the one that most people want to have.People from every walk of life are members of Avaaz. The types of issues they address are local, regional, national, and global in nature. What they address varies from poverty to climate change to animal rights.
While the voices of a few people can be easily disregarded by those in power it is much more challenging to ignore the voices of thousands or more people, after all.Most of what Avaaz does takes place online. They email petitions and other messages to their members. People can sign off on the petitions that they want to be a part of. There are also efforts to get people to contact their elected government officials in order to voice their opinions on a subject. Avaaz also provides the funding for media campaigns and encourage people to take direct action.
Additionally, they sometimes help people organize what they call an “offline” protest when that is called for.One campaign that Avaaz is currently engaged in is sending an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and chief executive officer of Facebook. This open letter, which people can sign on the Avaaz website, is asking Mark Zuckerberg to follow through on some things in regards to selling people’s private information. Among these is to finally tell the truth to people about all of the fake users on his website and the disinformation campaigns that occur there on a regular basis.