Be the “Voice” to Fight Back Against Global Oppression

One organization that has taken the liberty of mobilizing groups of people worldwide to fight for social justice is Avaaz. Avaaz was founded in 2007 by Ricken Patel as the president, along with Tom Pravda, Tom Perriello, Eli Pariser, David Madden, Jeremy Heimans, and Andrea Woodhouse. Avaaz, translated from Persian meaning “Voice”, is an appropriate name for the organization that’s mission is to empower others to take action against global oppression using their voice.

Avaaz works as a social justice movement that is largely an online activist community connecting people worldwide to discuss issues and work to combat those injustices. Online activism is part of the Internet landscape as more people become aware of social issues worldwide. Because the Internet connects people worldwide, someone in America can fight back against an issue for those living in Russia and vice versa. Avaaz has nearly 45 million members around the world that create online petitions and campaigns.

For example, there are over 2 million members from the U.S., almost 10 million in Brazil, and many more members in 194 countries. Any member can create their own petition by accessing Avaaz will send daily emails to their members to sign petitions they may be interested in, inform members on issues, or alert members on local, national, and global news that are happening currently in the world. Avaaz does not force an agenda and strives to be united on values, so some of the issues that Avaaz tackles is corruption, poverty, and war.

Additionally, Avaaz members have proven that people power can make a difference even if they’re being active online. Many people don’t have time to be an activist outside of their job, family life, or school, so online activism like with Avaaz is a great alternative to speak out, learn, and inform others. Avaaz is also a great tool for getting the conversation started on social issues, teach others, and get other people talking about issues. From here, as people build public concern through conversation on these social issues, the public can change the discourse and ultimately effect change by putting pressure on politicians and government worldwide.



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