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REVOLUTION!!! Non-Violent Direct Action

The uprising is happening all over the Earth. Reject and protect efforts, campaigns, blockades and non-violent direct action are succeeding across the Earth as a voice for the people. 

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Avaaz is a global organization with a simple democratic mission: Close the gap between the world we have and the world most people everywhere want.

Frequently Asked Questions:


  • Where is Avaaz based? The Avaaz core team works from 18 cities on five continents, using online tools to collaborate in a "virtual office," supported by a network of thousands of volunteers throughout the world.

  • How is Avaaz funded? Avaaz is 100% funded by small, online donations from our 10 million members around the world and has raised over $15 million (€11 million) online at an average donation size of $35/€25 Euros. We accept no money from governments or corporations and donations to Avaaz are not tax deductible, so our community alone decides what we do and what we say.

  • Who started Avaaz? Avaaz.org was co-founded by Res Publica, a global civic advocacy group, and Moveon.org, an online community that has pioneered internet advocacy in the United States. Our co-founding team was also composed of a group of leading global social entrepreneurs from six countries, including our founding President and Executive Director Ricken Patel, Tom Perriello, Tom Pravda, Eli Pariser, Andrea Woodhouse, Jeremy Heimans, and David Madden.

  • Where do Avaaz members live? Avaaz's largest countries are Brazil and France, with more than 1 million members in each country. A global map of the Avaaz membership can be found on this page.

  • What does "Avaaz" mean? Avaaz means “voice” or “song” in many languages, including Hindi, Urdu, Nepali, Turkish, Farsi and Bosnian.

  • 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.

Since 2007, Avaaz members have:

  • Taken over 50 million actions online and offline, including messages sent, phone calls and petition signatures.
  • Raised over $15 million online, including millions in funding and high tech support for human rights and democracy advocates in Burma, Zimbabwe, Tibet, Iran, Haiti and more.
  • Organized almost 10,000 rallies, flashmobs, vigils, marches and other online events—giving a massive boost to the climate change movement and other vital campaigns.
  • Won several significant victories, from establishing the world’s largest ocean preserve and protecting the bans on whale hunting and ivory trading, to passing strong forestry and anti-corruption laws in Brazil, to shifting Japanese, German and Canadian policies on climate change.

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Comment by Billa on December 24, 2011 at 2:50am

Avaaz

A transnational community that is more democratic, and could be more effective, than the United Nations.
 — Suddeutsche Zeitung

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. Our model of internet organising allows thousands of individual efforts, however small, to be rapidly combined into a powerful collective force. (Read about results on the Highlights page.)

The Avaaz community campaigns in 15 languages, served by a core team on 6 continents and thousands of volunteers. We take action -- signing petitions, funding media campaigns and direct actions, emailing, calling and lobbying governments, and organizing "offline" protests and events -- to ensure that the views and values of the world's people inform the decisions that affect us all.

Comment by Rainbow Luna Love on November 23, 2011 at 11:29am

PLant Seeds and SIng SongS!!! <3 <3 <3

Comment by Randall T. Ball on November 22, 2011 at 9:15am

Hi Kathryn. Thanks for the acknowledgment.  I am so glad it landed with you as empowering.  I fully concur with your thoughts and directions as well.  No conflict or disagreement here.  Best wished in your own personal focus.  Please add me as a "friend" if you feel so moved.

Blessings.

Comment by Eartheart on November 22, 2011 at 8:43am

Greetings to your bright thoughts everyone!

 

To respond to Randall's inspiring post below...

 

I greatly appreciate words of solidarity and support from the Occupy Elders and those who have been struggling against the dark forces for decades. For those of us who are in our 20s and have the energy and passion but not always the experience or patience needed in this movement, it is very helpful to read your words.

 

My personal view is that those of us inspired by Occupy must contribute energy to the movement while simultaneously striving to create a space of love. Without the living example of at least a handful of kin's domains in the US, it seem that it would be difficult to inspire people to understand how we can live peacefully and happily without the conveniences of the system. I think that one obstacle to mainstream America coming onboard with Occupy is a lack of understanding how we could possibly live comfortably without Walmart, SUVs, and government handouts. 

 

From a personal perspective, I plan to rent land on which I can garden and create a 'temporary' space of love, while also staying involved with Occupy. Everyone has different roles to play in the movement, and I feel that having had the privilege of being introduced to the Ringing Cedars vision, my role is to put this vision into action as much as I possibly can under current circumstances. Not to mention that I am really eager to start a family, and would like to do that in as joyful and sustainable a setting as possible! 

 

A cool way that Occupy NYC was implementing Permaculture ideas at the camp:

http://permaculture-media-download.blogspot.com/2011/10/permaculture-and-occupy-wall-street.html 

 

And an inspiring quote from Bill Mollison, founder of Permaculture:

"...the greatest change we need to make is from consumption to production, even if on a small scale, in our own gardens. If only 10% of us do this, there is enough for everyone. Hence the futility of revolutionaries who have no gardens, who depend on the very system they attack, and who produce words and bullets, not food and shelter." - Bill Mollison

Comment by Randall T. Ball on November 21, 2011 at 4:30pm

To my fellow lovely Anastasia - ites,

Thank you Bila, I love "The Blessed Unrest" piece you contributed below.  It so amazingly captures and describes the long gathering energy of the "Occupy Movement" - a full six months BEFORE its first formal "coming out".  You offer so much to all of us.  Bless you.

Thank you James Park Hyde for your great piece below.  Really excellent communication.  I feel you speaking for me as well, and so eloquently.  Keep up the great work.  I look forward to hearing more from you.

A local friend of mine, Jim Prues, just released a book called: "Earth 5.0" - a new operating system for the Earth.  Among other contributions, he proposes a "Constitution of the Earth" to "establish rules for communities, governments, corporations, and other entities (including human beings I assume) to abide by to assure the continued restoration of the Earth."  I heartily endorse such an effort.

I personally am honored to be a formal "trustee" for the "Occupy Cincinnati Legal Defense and Occupation Trust Fund", set up to pay our occupier's bail and to support our excellent legal team of Constitutional lawyers here in Cincinnati, Ohio - possibly the covert epicenter of consumerism on the planet*.  This trustee position gives me NO "authority", that is wholely vested in our OC General Assembly, but it is a huge honor to have been granted this degree of formal fiscal "responsibility" for this movement locally.  I take it as a serious commitment.  I believe that this now global "movement" is the current leading creation step for our "New Earth", a brand new form of an Earth conscious world community being formed by the "Tribes of Light", and that a brand new means of economic exchange WILL emerge/evolve out of this "movement".  A means consistent with being full Brothers and Sisters co-created together by the Most High.  Occupy Cincinnati provides food at least once a day to everyone who comes (organized by Food Not Bombs).  Before being dislodged by the police, during the weeks of our formal physical 24/7 occupation, we provided three free meals a day to everyone - including our homeless.  Food is a Right!  The free access to the means of survival - food, water, air, shelter - is our inheritance from God, not something that must be bought from any human contrived entity as a wage slave.  I have proposed that we create a competition with Seattle to be the most homeless-friendly city in America.  Wouldn't that be a unique distinction for such a mid-west center of political conservatism?

Below is my latest compositional contribution which I wrote just last night.  My hope is that it help us further underpin the fundamental spiritual foundation of what we create going forward in this movement, just as we did with the Declaration of Independence (All 'men' are created equal, with inalienable rights - by our Creator).  I have much to credit the Ringing Cedars material, and all of you, for the inspiration for these thoughts:

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To “Occupy” = to dwell or reside within, take possession of,
to be fully ‘present’ in, and responsible for, a physical space.

GOD, and no one else, created every single human being and
this entire planet.  HE/SHE gave to each of us our precious lives, our
miraculous self healing and our continuously regenerating physical bodies,
as well as this amazing life-sustaining Earth - with its pristinely clean
clear air, water, food, natural beauty and unfathomable bounty.  HE/SHE
offers all of this to us freely - to “occupy” - to live, thrive, co-create,
and be joyful upon.

No government, no corporation, no collection agency, no
court, judge, church, or any other humanly contrived entity has the right to
destroy, damage, nor deprive us of our divine inheritance, our essential
freedom, and our responsibility as Earth Stewards.  We now renounce such
childish, adolescent, power and greed motivated foolishness.

Our new Declaration of Interdependence: “We now re-claim our GOD granted ‘entitlement’ - as HIS beloved creation - committed to a new more mature adulthood stewardship - to fully and responsibly ‘OCCUPY THE EARTH’ – to equitably share it together - as Brothers and Sisters and with All Beings - now and for as long as we each shall live!”

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Sleepy, quiet, below the radar Cincinnati Ohio, which loves to deny its responsibility and impact on the planet, is home to the largest and most powerful marketing and consumer products company in the world (P&G), the largest department store chain in the world (Federated Dept Stores), the largest grocery store chain in the world (Kroger's) and of Chiquita (once known as "United Fruit", the colonialist corp. that motivated the coined term "banana republics".  I tell my fellow local Spirit Warriors here: "Transform this insatiable black hole consumer consciousness here in Cincinnati, and we may transform that energy on the entire planet".

I so identify with the woman below who said that until the Occupy Movement sprouted she was solely concentrating on creating her own "kins domain".  Ditto here, and I do hope to get back to this, but right now this movement calls for my current focused contribution.  Locally, here where my personal biological roots and community connections are, is where I can leverage my influence and contributions most powerfully at the moment.  Perhaps those of us still in the cities, particularly in America, and those of us who came of age in the 60's, now our society's "elders", who would love to be dwelling in and developing our own family domain in beautiful enlivening nature right now, need to be patient about this for now.  We are at the epicenter of this militaristic globally dominating and exploitive Corporate American Empire.  Perhaps It's up to us to focus on directly challenging and consciously collapsing and replacing its immoral and bankrupt economic, political, and social core - from the inside.  As well defended as it is, it is still more vulnerable internally in American than externally.  This may be our current primary spiritual responsibility right now.

I was personally in Moscow when the Berlin Wall came down.  I witnessed Yeltsin standing in front of the tanks - when they stopped and refused to shoot.  This is what we must create here.  Our time will come to put down our spiritual swords and pick up the plow as Cincinnatus, the Roman general/farmer - my city's namesake did.  But that time is not now! 

Now is the time to rise up, to join in solidarity with this brilliant, courageous and inspiring twenty something generation of crystal children at the forefront of the Occupy Movement  To offer everything we have to support them.  Now is the time to stand with them in front of the police - or else to defend them in the "in-justice system", and most importantly, to continually speak up for them in the court of public opinion.  To rally our neighbors, co-workers, friends, and communities to look for what we can each contribute.  This is the time - our time!  The global uprising of the people of the Earth.  When we are finally successful, then we may retire to joyfully and peacefully create our personal and family domains,  May that day be soon and come peacefully. 

Thank you all for everything you are contributing already - to all of us!

Randall Ball

Community Health Minister

Paradise Found, LLC

Member: "Grey Haired Elder Society's High Wisdom Council of Earth Occupiers and Stewards"

Comment by James Park Hyde on November 20, 2011 at 3:35pm

I wrote this piece a week ago and it was published in the local newspaper on Wednesday.  It is, of course, inspired by Anastasia, especially the later books where she talks about the Dark Force.  I think this is a core part of her message.  I chose not to reference her in the article, though.  Maybe I thought it a little far out for the general public...  Anyhow, here's the piece.  I hope you enjoy it!

 

Throughout history those with wealth and power have used their strength to dominate and oppress the rest of the populance.  Many writers have proposed the existence of organizations  -- the Illuminati, Trilateral Commission, Masons, or others --  whose purpose is to carry out the goals of these powerful people.  Whether it is literal or metaphorical, I think there truly is a "Dark Force" in the world, intent on the enslavement of the masses.
The Dark Force has historically consisted of the leadership of three groups: the wealthy (business/agricultural barons); those in political power; and the church.  Ever since the time of the Egyptians these three groups have conspired -- and sometimes fought each other -- to enslave the people.   Their methods were, respectively, to cultivate greed and competition, to instill the people with fear of each other and their neighbors, and (in the case of the church) to position themselves as the intermediary between individuals and a direct, personal relationship with the Creator.
Right now the Dark Force is battling a "perfect storm" consisting of a cross-cultural, worldwide failure of the greed-based capitalist economic system, a recognition of the failure of the democratic process to resist the corrupting power of the rich, the recognition of the people's common interests worldwide, and the loss of influence of a centralized religion and a better understanding of our fundamental relationship with nature. (Note, however, that the mental health/pharmaceutical industry has filled in the vacuum left by the church). 
The Occupy movement is a very positive manifestation of this "perfect storm". By participating and supporting this movement we are all uniting to defeat the efforts of the oppressor -- the dark force, if you will -- to enslave us.  This is an epochal struggle and for the first time in millennia we have the combination of circumstances that might allow us to succeed.  It is very important for us to work together NOW, because this advantage could be lost.
Right now technology is on our side, or at least equally shared between us and them. (Anonymous and its loosely affiliated group of socially-conscious hackers claims that it can or has achieved "digital supremacy" over the dark force.) But that could change -- our access to the world wide web can be limited and controlled. 
In the US,we have a system of laws that, at least on paper, supports freedom of speech, assembly, and other freedoms essential to creating a social movement. This, too, could change.  New laws can be passed (e.g. the Patriot Act), and the courts can rule against us (as in giving corporations the same rights as people). 
At 7 billion people, the population may have reached a number that makes them harder to dominate, but the global climate crisis, for example, could kill the oceans, flood the coasts and create desert wastelands that could easily bring the population back down to a more manageable number within a few generations.  
Join the movement.  Stand in public.  Demonstrate.  Don't be shy.  Talk with your friends and relatives.  Give them hope and help them overcome their apathy and depression. The Occupy movement is non-partisan, non-hierarchical and non-violent.  It draws its power directly from the people, without intermediary structures.  Let's keep it that way.  Do not allow any organization, however well-intentioned, to claim ownership of any part of the movement, because that will only weaken it.
Do you remember the social justice movement of the '60's?  This is bigger and more important even than that.  In those days the effort was to change the existing system to extend civil rights to a relatively small percentage of the population to whom these were denied.  Today we recognize that we are ALL oppressed, and that this oppression is fundamental to the corporatacracy we live in. The capitalist economic system is working against us and our political system has sold us out.  
We are the 99%!  We have a brief moment when we can defeat, or at least unmask and set back, the Dark Force, and provide an example for the generations to come.  Let's not waste it.  To get on the Occupy Whidbey mailing list, email occupywhidbey@gmail.com.  See the facebook page at Occupy Whidbey, and visit the website at www.OccupyWhidbey.org.

Comment by Billa on November 20, 2011 at 2:14pm

Comment by Fiona on November 13, 2011 at 12:57am

I thought to share a quotation which I feel illustrates the harmony and unity of humankind: "Behold a beautiful garden full of flowers, shrubs, and trees. Each flower has a different charm, a peculiar beauty, its own delicious perfume and beautiful colour. The trees too, how varied are they in size, in growth, in foliage--and what different fruits they bear! Yet all these flowers, shrubs and trees spring from the self-same earth, the same sun shines upon them and the same clouds give them rain."
-Abdul Baha

Comment by Kaiyu Bayles on May 20, 2011 at 8:17pm
Bran nue dae we say in sum parts down under
Comment by Radomir O' Hanok on May 10, 2009 at 1:25pm
I had a dream about purity of thought a week ago. In the dream the human body was not looked on with lust, Loves conterfeit energy. But I looked on all these vessels as just that. Vessels containing the beautiful souls of mankind. The vessels are not to be looked on sexually but as a flower or tree is looked upon. It is the Spirit and soul that are eternal, these piles of dirt called our bodies are just containers. All different containers. Purity of thought brings everything back into proper perspective. That's why I believe we are to check out our purity of thought against a childs to see if we've been polluted in our thinking. Lust is to have no place, only pure Love for the Spirit of another. In this type of purity Co-creation can take place with our beloved and Creator. This is the Pristine orgins of co-creation.
Viole'ouy
Radomir
 

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