Avaaz is a global civic organization that contains over 44 million members in over 100 countries. The organization focuses on a variety of different social issues such as climate change, poverty, human rights and animal rights. The organization was founded and by Ricken Patel, a graduate of Oxford University along with the co-founders of the organization, Tom Pravda, Tom Perriello, Eli Pariser, and David Madden.
Avaaz’s activism is internet based and focuses on reaching their goals through online campaigns and petitions. With the organization revolving around the internet, Avaaz can go beyond the location limitations of traditional activist groups and reach large sums of people across the globe.
With its launching coming in 2007, the group just recently crossed ten years of establishment this year(2017). Over that short period of time, the group has managed to grow exponentially year by year, becoming one of if not the most powerful civil organization in the world.
Avaaz, which means voice in several languages, has a goal to strengthen people from all over the world who have similar problems, and by addressing those problems through their global activism. By striving for the world everyone wants for tomorrow and ignoring the flaws of the world today. Read more: Michael Larcey | Crunchbase and Michael Larcey | Twitter
Every member of Avaaz has an individual voice, but in the end they all come together as one to a have a bigger impact on whatever situation they’re addressing. Anyone who visits the Avaaz website can start a petition on any issue from something as small as a local issue to something that effets millions around the world.
Like Avaaz, The Lacey and Larkin Fund is an organization that provides a voice for people who need one. The fund supports many other civil and human rights organizations such as the American Immigration Council, Center for Neighborhood Leadership, and Justice that works.
The group was founded by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, co- founders and writers of the Phoenix times, after the two were illegally arrested by deputies of Maricopa County’s Sheriff Joe Arapaio on October 18, 2007. Lacey and Larkin were arrested after writing describing the corrupt operation of the sheriff’s office and the Sheriff’s own discriminating behaviors in their articles in the Phoenix Times.
An article detailing how Arapaio issued subpoenas to obtain the names of the writers of the newspaper and other personal information pertaining to the readers of the newspaper such as browsing and history and IP addresses were the article that sparked the incident leading to their arrest.
A national response in disfavor of the arrest leads to the release of Lacey and Larkin less than 24 hours after being detained. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/5-smart-ways-people-and-places-are-resisting-trumps-immigration-policies/
Following their arrest, the two engaged in a multi-year court case against Maricopa County claiming a violation of their first amendment rights. The court case resulted in a court decision in their favor stating that the subpoenas never went through the legal process required for them to be summoned.
A settlement amount of $3.7 million was awarded to the two. The proceeds from the court case were used to begin the Lacey and Larkin fund. The group’s initial focus was Hispanics in Arizona who are victims to civil injustices and racial inequality, and since its launching has donated to many groups that advocate for Hispanic civil rights.