Avaaz is Committed to Building the World We All Dream of


With the variety of issues that the world faces today, having an advocate for change is important. Established in 2007, Avaaz is a U.S. based civic organization committed to raising awareness on issues ranging from human rights to climate change. Though headquartered in the United States, Avaaz works to bring citizens together from all over the world, who all have a shared goal of promoting positive change.

Avaaz works to empower people from all walks of life to take action and stand for what they believe in. Through more than 15 languages and 6 continents, Avaaz and its volunteers are taking a stand, and calling for change. From signing petitions, to organizing a protest, the community of compassionate individuals is fully committed to improving the lives of others. Avaaz does not accept funding from corporate, or government organizations, but relies solely on the support of its members for funding.

Leadership is a position that each member of the Avaaz team holds. Their all-inclusive approach gives both staff, members, and supporters of the organization the chance to make suggestions, and develop a plan of action. After suggestions have been made, email polls are sent to 10,000 Avaaz members. If the suggestion receives a significant amount of support, the campaign is launched, highlighting their true commitment to democracy.

Currently, the organization manages campaigns in more than 30 countries, and their future looks bright. Ricken Patel, Director of Avaaz says their mission is to bridge the gap between that world that is our reality, and the world that we all desire. By bringing passionate individuals from different parts of the world, they are breaking barriers and building bridges, one campaign at a time.

End Citizens United Response To James Bopp


We can look at a specific point in time to know when the United States government quit being for the people and started being for the highest bidder. It was 2010 when James Bopp and the conservative team at Citizens United approached the Supreme Court in order to argue for looser campaign financing restrictions. Bopp’s goal was simple: he wanted to unleash the billionaire Koch brothers upon the GOP fundraising platform in order to buy their way to influence. Somehow, in some way, Bopp was successful. Citizens United succeeded and the political world, and thus America, would never be the same again.

James Bopp is a lawyer who continues to push and advocate for looser campaign financing laws. He has argued and appeared several different times for a variety of different reasons though they ostensibly all tie back to campaign financing. We can look at how Bopp approached the Federal Exchange Commission in order to argue that his anti-Clinton smear film, “Hillary: The Movie”, should be allowed to run in concert with the Democratic Primaries. The FEC literally laughed him out of the court but his damage dealing was only just beginning. Now, a decade after this meeting Citizens United stands tall as one of the greatest existential threats seeking to undo American democracy. It must be stopped and there is a group working hard to ensure that it is.

End Citizens United is another political action committee in Washington D.C. that is seeking to bring about a special kind of change. Led by Tiffany Muller, the President of the PAC, End Citizens United is focusing on putting infrastructure in place to end the ruling made in the Citizens United case at the Supreme Court. Muller knows that this is an uphill battle that will require a ton of hard work, financial backing, and legislators willing to come out and make a difference. The uphill battle hasn’t stopped them and we don’t anticipate that it will.

In order for End Citizens United to become the success that Muller dreams it one day will be people will need to come out in support via a grassroots effort. Since the election of President Donald Trump the people have been lining up to help subvert his expectations. This has led to nearly 100,000 donations to End Citizens United within the very first quarter of the 2017 fiscal year. These donations amounted to a stunning $4 million with the majority of them being worth just under $12. This is a movement for the people and by the people with the sole goal of helping people regain their voice in the wider political world. End Citizens United believes in the rights of people, not power.

Find more about End Citizens United: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/04/how-to-reverse-citizens-united/471504/

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin Bring Awareness to Issues


There are so many problems in the United States that stem from civil rights and human rights violations. While the United States is one of the most advanced countries when it comes to modern living, they are still behind with some of the human rights laws and enforcement ideas that they have.

This could be because there are not enough people who are fighting for these rights and this has been a problem for decades. Both Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin want to do something to make a difference but it is a constant struggle because of the human rights issues in the United States.

From the beginning, Larkin and Lacey have fought for human rights. They know what they want to be able to do and they also know that it is necessary to always fight for the “little guy.” They like to stand up for people who are unable to stand up for themselves or who simply can’t do anything to help themselves.

The men are activists in the truest sense of the word and have always done what they can to do things for ifferent people who are unabe to make things better on their own.

When Michael and Jim first started out, they were working as journalists. They made a difference with this but they also knew that they needed to try something else to make things better.

They wanted to do something that people could use when they had their rights violated against but their earnings as journalists were not quite enough to start a huge fund where they would be able to provide that type of help to people who were in different situations. It was something that made it hard for the men because they wanted to help but they were not able to.

The help that they needed came disguised as a problem. The men were arrested for the publication that they worked on. The sheriff’s office in Phoenix didn’t like what Lacey and Larkin had to say about them and they simply arrested them for doing it. Read more: Jim Larkin | Twitter

Not only was the arrest illegal in the sense of constitutional rights but it was also illegal in the way that it was carried out. The men, after having worked with civil rights cases for years, knew that they were within their rights and they decided that they would fight the charges that were brought againt them.

It took a long time for Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin to go to court but they got what they were after. After having to appeal the case several times, the men were offered a three million dollar settlement from the sheriff’s office.

They took the settlement and knew exactly what they would do with it. From there, they started the Frontera Fund. Now that Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin run the fund, they still do some journalism. The fund has allowed them the chance to make a difference where they were unable to in the past.