Category Archives: Social Justice

Avaaz Movement- Fighting for Justice Globally

The Avaaz is a global citizen movement launched in 2007 January, and it boasts of being present in 194 counties and having 46 million members globally. The global activism helps in promoting various issues that include the animal rights, the human rights, the climate change, poverty, corruption and multiple conflicts affecting their member’s countries. The Avaaz according to the Guardian newspaper is the global largest and also the most powerful online tool of the activist network. The name chosen for this community is the transliteration of voice that is a Persian term incorporated on various moderns of the lexicons.

The Avaaz movement was co-founded by the Res Publica that is a community of the professionals of the public sector with a dedication of promoting of countries good governance, deliberative democracy, and the civic virtues. Additionally, the movement is back up by the MoveOn.org a renowned American Non-profit organization with progressive public policies of the advocacy group. The Service Employees International unions also support the move as the founding partner.

Avaaz also has novel co-founders that include Ricken Patel, Eli Pariser the MoveOn.org Executive Director Tom Perriello, Tom Pravda former Congressman of Virginia County, David Madden, the Australian progressive entrepreneur. Other individual includes Andrea Woodhouse, co-founder of the Pourpose.com and Jeremy Heimans with board members consisting of Mr. Ricken Patel the president, Sam Barratt, and Ian Bassin.

The Avaaz does not accept donations from corporations or other foundations with the least amount received is 5,000 dollars. Instead, the movement gets its funds from the global generosity of its members amounting to millions of dollars. The worldwide campaigns of Avaaz are managed by teams of campaigners from over 30 countries like India, UK, Brazil, and Lebanon. The unit communicates with their members through emails and online campaigning tactics like videos, public petitions, legal commission, and advertisements among others.

The campaigning suggestions come from the movement members, and they are supplemented by strong guidance from the team of the movement specialists. The Avaaz potential suggestion goes through the tester emails polled to over 10,000 members for their approval and response before being publically announced. Avaaz is believed to offer practical idealists that united people from the world.  Avaaz at Twitter

George Soros- Political & Social Influence and Philanthropic Activities

George Soros was born in 1930 in Hungary under the pro-Nazi Hungarian regime. This was before he escaped to London for studies and later relocated to America. In London, Soros joined the London School of Economics where he operated as a waiter and railway porter. Afterward, he began his financial career at a merchant bank. As indicated in Politico, over the recent past years, Soros together with other rich liberals spent millions of dollars in support of various political aspirants of their choice. For instance, they supported the electing of Hillary Clinton against the retired President Bush and also against the current President Trump. However, Soros was not a great donor in US politics until the election of 2004 where he contributed $23,581,000 to 527 different Groups. Read this story about George at politico.com

On philanthropic matters, Soros has funded global efforts in promoting drug policy reforms. His philanthropic funding involves efforts to bolster non-violent democratization within post-Soviet states. The efforts are mainly from Eastern and Central Europe, and usually, take place through Open Society Foundations, formerly Open Society Institute (OSI) and National Soros Foundations. According to the Washington Times, Soros also funded the Ferguson protests by offering $33 million within a year to a group that incorporated activists.

George Soros has been a noticeable worldwide supporter of equitable standards and foundations for over 30 years. His magnanimous Association (Open Society Foundations) provides support to human rights and democracy organizations in over 100 countries. The New York hedge fund director is a standout amongst the most politically influential people in the world. From the mid-1980s specifically, he has utilized his tremendous impact to help reconfigure the political scenes of various countries around the globe.

Soros started his philanthropic activities in the year 1979, offering grants to dark South Africans under politically-sanctioned racial segregation. In the 1980s, he assisted in promoting the public sharing of ideas within the Communist Eastern Bloc by giving photocopiers that were used for reprinting banned texts. After the falling of the Berlin Wall, he established the Central European University and financed the cultural exchanges between the Western and Eastern Europe. Soros thus played a significant role in assisting the Soviet society that had affected him some time back.

With the ending of Cold War, George Soros extended his philanthropic efforts to the United States, Asia, and Africa where he supported a wide variety of new efforts to form more transparent, accountable, and democratic societies. He was among the key earlier voices that criticized drugs business.

Throughout the years, Soros has offered support to lawyers and paralegals that represented hundreds of unlawfully held people. Other similar efforts entail underwriting the biggest efforts in the globe that integrated the Europe’s Roma and offering school fees for thousands of bright and needy students from marginalized groups. To date, his political influence has continued to have bigger influence within the United States and even globally.