Avaaz is an activist group, established a decade ago, with a headquarters in New York City, but it does organize campaigns all over the world. There are more than 40 million member, across 200 countries. Their name means “voice” in several languages. They often focus on economic issues, climate change, armed conflicts and animal rights. Aside from demonstrations, they urge citizens to contact their government officials about issues that they champion.
On May 8, Avaaz activists join together before the Eiffel Tower to celebrate the results of the election. Many holding signs expressing their opposition to racial intolerance. They had something else to celebrate too. It was on this day in 1945 that Allied Forces gained victory in World War II. They were joined by Elie Buzyn, a man who vividly remembers the day that the war ended, just a month after he gained freedom from the concentration camp, where he lost his parents at the age of 15. He had promised his mother that he would let her extended family know what had happened to her. He also promised that he would fight against fascism.
Many in France were fearful that extremist presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, a member of the right-wing National Front party, may win the election. The National Front party wanted to stop immigration, put more police on the streets, and build more prisons. They were able to breathe a sigh of relief when it was announced that Emmanuel Macron had won. He strongly opposes the NF and Le Pen.
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