Avaaz means song or voice in Persian. It is mostly an online-organization at the moment, but it is expanding its effort into real-world protests and to organizing disparate group of activists who are interested in different causes. The causes, for the most part, are all considered progressive causes. So far, only the issue of net neutrality falls out of the progressive bubble.
The current focus of Avaaz is to demonstrate leadership through people who are trying to serve the world. The form of servant leadership encouraged by the organization is not easily grasped at first, but it is easy to understand in concept. Avaaz wants to encourage others to engage in leadership through example. The site lets people start their own petitions and organize protests about the causes they care about.
Members can also use the resources provided by the site to spread news about protests related to important causes, and keep up on the latest news involving many progressive ideals. The organization, which takes its name for Persian, started almost six years ago. In 2011, the Arab Spring and Iranian protests were in full swing. Members of Avaaz helped Iranian protesters by setting up proxy servers. The protesters could use these servers to upload videos of the protests on public web sites.
The organization continues the work it started five years ago, and it is working to oppose some of the more extreme policies favored by the current presidential administration. It does not have a US-focus, however. It works with like-minded people around the globe.
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