Avaaz.org, a global version of MoveOn.org
funded by George Soros's Open Society Institute
numerous campaigns to help build the Religious Left
in 2003 by Tom Perriello and Ricken Patel, Res Publica (RP) describes
itself as a “community of public-sector professionals dedicated to
promoting good governance, civic virtue and deliberative democracy.”
"Res Publica" is Latin for “the public thing” and refers to "what individuals in a community hold in common or place above their self interest." RP is primarily an affiliation of three individuals -- Perriello, Patel, and Tom Pravda -- who undertake projects that seek to advance far-left agendas in governments around the world. RP specializes in “E-advocacy,” or web-based movement-building.
Though RP claims to have been started as a “pilot
in 2001-2002 in Sierra Leone, and to have been formally launched the following
year, records attesting to its nonprofit status do not precede 2005. Perriello was listed as RP’s original executive
director, but Ricken Patel has held this title since 2006.
Catholic Reporter (NCR), after RP’s launch in 2003, Pravda, Perriello, and Patel
“decided to focus on developing the political and communications
infrastructure of the religious left” in the United States; this resulted in the development of Faithful America. NCR also reports that RP, in its early days, arranged conference calls with
left-leaning religious leaders such as Robert
Robinson. These calls focused on strategizing against the religious Right. In addition, RP
with the Center for American Progress, which was heavily invested in
building the religious Left movement at the time.
RP has created a website called DarfurianVoices.org, or "The 24 Hours for Darfur Project" (originally, DarfurGenocide.org) -- dedicated to
raising public awareness about the Sudanese government's genocide against black Africans in the Darfur region. The Open Society Institute and the U.S. State Department are among
the project’s “funders and collaborating partners.” RP
also created the now-discontinued CeaseFireCampaign.org, which was
dedicated to cultivating public protest against the U.S. war in Iraq.
Another major concern of RP is the threat allegedly posed by global warming, which the organization views as a consequence of human industrial activity.
2007, RP completed a research and advisory project on E-advocacy for
the Gates Foundation.
at least 2006, RP's principal undertaking has been Avaaz.org,
which conducts web-based movement-building and public-education campaigns and was
by Eli Pariser. In 2008,
RP alloted $500,000 for the Avaaz project.
Also in 2008, RP donated
$25,200 to the National Accountability Group: Sierra Leone (NAGSL).
NAGSL’s partner groups include
the Open Society Initiative for West Africa and its parent
organization, the Open Society Institute.
currently receives the majority of its funding from the Open Society
Institute, which donated $250,000 to the organization for general operating support
in 2007. OSI awarded an equivalent sum to RP in 2008,
with an additional $40,000 designated specifically for the "Darfur Project."
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