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Avaaz .. Global activation network .. 24 million and growing!

This is a group online making a difference..

http://avaaz.org/en/

Avaaz is a campaigning community that brings people-powered politics to decision-making worldwide. They have over 24 million members worldwide and they are collectively making a difference.

Avaaz is only five years old, but has exploded to become the globe’s largest and most powerful online activist network.

Avaaz—meaning “voice” in several European, Middle Eastern and Asian languages—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.

Avaaz empowers millions of people from all walks of life to take action on pressing global, regional and national issues, from corruption and poverty to conflict and climate change. Their model of internet organizing allows thousands of individual efforts, however small, to be rapidly combined into a powerful collective force. (for more on How Avaaz works)

Does online activism actually work? Yes! Technology alone doesn’t create change, but it can supercharge campaigns that have a clear strategy and theory of change. By connecting citizens across borders at a scale and speed that was previously impossible, online tools allow many small actions to add up to something powerful. Read stories about the impact of Avaaz campaigns on the highlights page

Brazil says NO to Corruption, YES to 21st Century Democracy!
Brazilians are saying enough is enough to rampant corruption. First it was the hugely successful Clean Record Law campaign, to bar politicians convicted of crimes from running for office — which studies have shown Avaaz played a key role in winning. Now an Avaaz member has created the biggest online petition in Brazilian history — with over 1.6 million voices demanding that Senators kick out the Senate President, a disgraced politician under a cloud of corruption allegations. He’s still there for now, but we’re close to ending the secret voting process which allowed him to get the Senate top spot.

Even better, the Senate just voted to make it easier and faster for citizens to force politicians to take action. Avaaz was repeatedly cited during the Senate debate, in which they agreed to halve how many people need to sign popular initiative petitions, and they determined that online signatures can count! Now we’re going all out to get the lower house on board….

Saving Europe’s Bees
April 2013

After more than two years of tireless campaigning, Europe finally banned bee-killing pesticides!! Mega-corporations like Bayer threw everything they had at this, but people-power, science and good governance came out on top!!

Bees pollinate two thirds of all our food — so when scientists noticed that slowly, silently, they were dying at a terrifying rate, Avaaz swung in to action, and we kept on swinging until we won. This victory is the result of two years of flooding ministers with messages, a mind-blowing petition with over 2.6 million signatures, organizing media-grabbing protests with beekeepers, funding opinion polls and much, much more.

It’s been a long haul to get this win, and it wouldn’t have been possible without scientists, specialists, sympathetic officials, beekeepers and our campaign partners. But we can be proud of what we’ve helped to accomplish together.

Guilt-free clothing
Hundreds of Bangladeshi women have been burned or crushed to death while making our clothes! Fashion companies could sign an agreement that will either be a strong safety code or a weak PR ploy. If we get the CEOs of H&M and GAP to back a life-saving code, others will follow. Take action here

Update: Huuuuuge victory! H&M signed the Bangladesh safety agreement and our campaign is all over the media, but GAP is refusing to sign up. Let’s make sure the CEO knows customers across the world demand our clothes are made in safe conditions. Avaaz will follow-up with ads and other actions to shame the CEO in his hometown. Sign and share the campaign now!

Fulfilling Malala’s Dream
October 2012

When 15-year old Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban, the world was outraged. In response, nearly 1 million of us called on the Pakistani government to fulfill her dream of education for all by supporting a national stipend programme to put all of Pakistan’s poor children in school. The UN Education Envoy Gordon Brown delivered our petition directly to Pakistani President Zardari, who signed it himself! On that very day, a month after Malala was shot, the Pakistani government officially launched a stipend programme for 3 million children.

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