Avaaz is a U.S –based organization founded in January 2007 that promotes worldwide activism on issues such as poverty, human rights, animal rights, corruption, poverty and climate change. The Guardian considers it the world’s largest and most influential online activist network. MoveOn and Res Publica, organizations that promote good governance, democracy, and public policy advocacy, co-founded Avaaz
Funding and Campaign Selection
Avaaz has not taken any donation from corporation or foundations since 2009 and solely relies on the generosity of individual members. Before 2009, different charities and organizations had funded Avaaz’s staff and the start-up costs. A team of individuals working from over 30 nations, including Brazil, UK, India, and Lebanon runs the activities if this organization and more information click here.
The team communicates through emails and campaigns through videos, online public petition and email-your-leader tools. However, Avaaz also uses commission legal advice and adverts to clarify on means of carrying the attack forward. It can also employ rallies, stages sit-ins, and media-friendly stunts. An example of this trick was that of taking cardboard pigs to the doors of the WHO to demand the investigation of the connection between swine flu and big pig farms. Members make suggestions on the campaigns although the organization gets guidance from an able team of specialist. Any viable suggestion is emailed to members, and if it receives the backing of the majority, then the campaign is opened to all members and learn more about Avaaz.
The group focuses on uniting realist individuals from around the globe. The organization provides an avenue for idealists to meet regardless of distances between them. Avaaz supports progressive causes such as calling for global actions on climate change and building greater comprehensive assistance for refugees. Avaaz’s new community petition platform is helping a lot of people to start and win campaigns at the local and international levels and Avaaz’s lacrosse camp.
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Recently on a Fox News interview, film producer Thor Halvorssen made some very interesting observations in reference to the candidates of the upcoming election.
Regarding Bernie Sanders’ campaign, Thor began by noting that socialism is a violation of basic human rights, and the discussion which ensued ended up noting many Bernie Sanders supporters don’t actually have any idea about the socialist policies Bernie intends to implement. Through the course of the discussion, Thor revealed some pretty frightening experiences he had personally had with socialist regimes; but despite this, he was also sure to note that he had made the largest campaign contribution legally possible to the Bernie Sanders campaign. His reasoning was that, despite socialism’s decidedly anti-human rights leaning, the pick from the Democratic Party was far worse. He never mentioned Hillary Clinton by name, but he did note that she had been funded by a cavalcade of regimes and dictatorial entities, and that such would be far worse for the country than Bernie’s stridently socialist bent. He also pointed out that the establishment candidate on the right side of the fence (Ted Cruz, whom he also refrained from mentioning by name) also regularly accepted contributions from parties with dictatorial roots negative to the country.
What is most interesting about this interview is that Halvorssen (HuffingtonPost), despite being leftist, will concede that the primacy of socialism represents a violation of human rights. The reason is a sort of government bureaucratization of the populace; a process implemented often in a dictatorial way which ends up killing many. Thor Halvorssen noted as an example that very often socialist governments will artificially set prices, undercutting the economy and facilitating shortages that end up causing humanitarian abuses.
Halvorrsen has personal experience with human rights violations. His mother was killed by the Hugo Chavez regime, his father had been a political prisoner, and he has a cousin that is currently incarcerated for similar reasons. Obviously he can’t vote on the “right” side of the fence, but that he is so opposed to Clinton that he would willingly endorse a socialist candidate says a lot about the current political atmosphere.