Based in the United States, Avaaz is a non-profit civic organization founded in 2007 with a focus on environmental concerns, human rights, conflict, political corruption, and animal rights. It has been called by The Guardian “the globe’s largest and most powerful online activist network.”
Workers consider themselves to be idealists working to create the world as it should be. This means a fluid ideology amongst a diverse global workforce. In practicality, this translates to supporting progressive causes like climate change, working to eliminate genetically modified food, and finding increased resources and support for political refugees.
Avaaz works to empower individuals make change in their local political systems, as evidenced by providing equipment to connect to the internet for protesters in Syria, and providing safe proxy services in Iran for those protesting the 2009 election cycle results.
The group also works to smuggle medical equipment in where needed and provide training to local activists on effective and safe protesting strategies. Another valuable tool in helping achieve the goals of those in crisis is to have a voice heard around the world. To this aim, Avaaz has smuggled journalists to Syria that have been able to encapsulate the struggle in the country for understanding around the world. When the political climate becomes no longer tenable, Avaaz works to evacuate staff and citizens to reach safety.
In its home country, Avaaz is working to support lawsuits against the Trump administration to curtail practices harming the environment and work against climate change. Interested parties can sign up and join over 44 million members worldwide to advocate and work on both local and international causes.