In January 2007, Avaaz was launched in the U.S. as a global online movement to bring like-minded people from all over the world together to combat major issues we face today. The civic organization strives to further the progress global activism on issues pertaining to human rights, climate control, government and corporate corruption, poverty, animals rights, war-torn countries and conflict among others. Avaaz was deemed one of the most powerful and largest online activist groups in the whole world. The organization currently has more than 45 million subscribers.
The activist network’s name means “voice” in Sankrit that was adopted by many other European and Middle Eastern languages. Avaaz’s overall objective is to organize and unite the citizens of world to create the idealistic world they strive for today. The community campaigns in over fifteen languages on six continents and they have thousands of active participants and volunteers worldwide. The group have participated in the protests during the Iranian presidential election in 2009. They setup special proxy servers so their activist could anonymously upload their videos of protest. Avaaz activists were the initiators of the “Defeat Donald Trump” slogan during the 2016 U.S presidential election.
Avaaz was co-founded by Ricken Patel, Tom Perrriello, Tom Pravda, David Madden, Eli Pariser, Andrea Woodhouse and Jeremy Heimans. The online site was founded by Res Publica and MoveOn.org, a non-profit public advocacy group based in the United States. Ricken Patel currently serves as the president and CEO for Avaaz. He graduated from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government with a Masters degree in Public Policy. Avaaz’s recent accomplishment was the campaign for the Paris Climate Accord. The members organized a mobilization network for the People’s Climate March despite opposition from a few government leaders and over 1.5 million people showed up to march the streets during 2014 and 2015.