Global activism has long been a tried and true method of working to affect change across the planet in a myriad of causes which includes items such as human rights, animal rights, and climate change. So, the next logical step was to take these petitions and pleas for change to the internet in the form of an online activist network of which Avaaz is probably one of the most well-known and successful of the entries. It is a US-based civic organization with its early roots having been formed in 2007, and now the group which takes its name from the Persian word for “voice” or “song” boasts a platform with over 44 million members looking to make the world a better place one step at a time.
Ricken Patel is one of the co-founders and the current president, and he has helped shape the organization into one that is well respected by so many with related causes. For example, businesses such as the Huffington Post to the Guardian and People Magazine have all had positive things to say about the man who graduated first in his class at Oxford and then went on to pursue his master’s degree at Harvard.
One of the central tenets of the Avaaz civic organization is that they have transformed into a place where no donations from organizations or foundations are accepted, with the individual donor becoming the key component in all of the causes. Donations of more than $5,000 are also not accepted so that the burden is outstretched across a more voluminous group of people. Some of the most heralded causes to be supported by Avaaz are things like the Paris Climate Accord which was a great victory in fighting climate change through the end of fossil fuels and ocean conservation efforts in collaboration with key countries such as Palau. The efforts should only gain further momentum as more and more people become aware of the Avaaz platform and start to leverage it for change in their own locales while also supporting more broader efforts all around the globe.
Dick DeVos has previously expressed his interest in the campaign of Florida Senator Marco Rubio. The reason he gave for his support of the Florida Senator was that he believed that the senator represented true conservative values and had fresh ideas for the party. Dick Devos’ support of Marco Rubio caused the senator’s campaign to gain traction, but ultimately the senators could not continue to make a bid for president if he could not win in his own state of Florida. Marco Rubio lost the republican presidential primary in Florida to Donald Trump, who won 46% of the vote. Although it seems that half of the state was supporting Donald Trump and the other half did not, the other republican nominees divided the votes in Florida, leaving Rubio with only 26% of the vote.
Since Rubio and other Republican Nominees have left the GOP race, the Devos family has had difficulty choosing a campaign to support. The remaining candidates for the republican nomination are Ted Cruz and Donald Trump. While Ted Cruz is expected to take the majority of the evangelical right wing vote, Donald Trump is expected to win the nomination. Because these candidates do not seem to represent the values that Dick Devos finds important, he has had trouble finding a candidate to back. Though he has expressed his unwavering support of the Republican party, Dick Devos has stated that he will not be funding any major republican presidential campaigns at this time.
The Devos family has stated that they will continue to support the Republican Party on a large scale, regardless of their disdain for the current nominees. Dick Devos has expressed his opinion that regardless of the particular candidate that represents the party’s presidential nomination, he believes that the conservative party holds great ideas that will drastically improve the country. As a man who has a history of activity in the political arena, Dick Devos has seen his share of politicians come and go. He has remained dedicated to the conservative cause for many decades. Both Dick Devos and his wife Betsy have recently stated that they will support the republican nominee for president by attending events and raising awareness even if they are not financially involved in the campaign.