I subscribe to Avaaz.org and get messages and petitions to sign about their regular campaigns to change the world to a better place for all. Avaaz—meaning “voice” in several European, Middle Eastern and Asian languages—was launched in 2007 with a simple democratic mission: “Organize citizens of all nations to close the gap between the world we have and the world most people everywhere want”. It has become a powerful force int the world, and uses global networking and technology for change. It acts with petitions to governments at critical turning points in the lives of political issues. It has grown to nearly 14 million members and about ‘closing the gap between the world we have and the world we want’. The Avaaz community
“campaigns in 15 languages, served by a core team on 6 continents and thousands of volunteers. We take action — signing petitions, funding media campaigns and direct actions, emailing, calling and lobbying governments, and organizing “offline” protests and events — to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people inform the decisions that affect us all.
Underlying Avaaz campaigns is a set of values—the conviction that we are all human beings first, and privileged with responsibilities to each other, to future generations, and to the planet. The issues we work on are particular expressions of those commitments. And so, over and over, Avaaz finds the same thing: that people who join the community through a campaign on one issue go on to take action on another issue, and then another. This is a source of great hope: that our dreams rhyme, and that, together, we can build the bridge from the world we have to the world we all want”.
The organization takes an annual poll on thousands of it members across the world (154, 378 in 195 countries in 2012) as to which issues are the most significant to take action upon. In 2012 these were the key issues:
- Human Rights 77.3%
- Economic policy for the public good 68.12%
- Political corruption 67.68%
- Climate change and the environment 67.68%
- Democracy movements 59%
- War and peace 62.24%
- Poverty and development 61%.34
- Food and health 49.56%For the web page: click Avaaz.org