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'''CitizenGO''' is an ultraconservative<ref name=gekeler>{{cite web|title=Warum ist Europa wichtig? (7)|first=Corinna|last=Gekeler|date=30 April 2014|url=https://hpd.de/node/18470/seite/0/1}}</ref><ref name=ramsey>{{cite web|title=Revealed: the Trump-linked 'Super PAC' working behind the scenes to drive Europe's voters to the far right|first=Adam|last=Ramsey|date=25 April 2019|url=https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/5050/revealed-the-trump-linked-super-pac-working-behind-the-scenes-to-drive-europes-voters-to-the-far-right/|work=OpenDemocracy|quote=CitizenGo was set up in 2013 – the same year as [[Vox (political party)|Vox]] – as an ultra-conservative version of the progressive campaign platforms Avaaz.org and MoveOn.org.}}</ref> advocacy group founded in [[Madrid]], [[Spain]], in 2013 by HazteOir.<ref name=Boe /><ref name=infocat /><ref name=rebranding />
'''CitizenGO''' is a moderate advocacy group supporting family as the most important building block of society, founded in [[Madrid]], [[Spain]], in 2013 by HazteOir.<ref name=Boe /><ref name=infocat /><ref name=rebranding />
 
   
The foundation promotes petitions in 50 countries, including petitions defending sensible, middle of the road and Christian and Catholic causes,<ref name=poland>{{cite web|quote=defence of Christian values|title=IN DEFENCE OF OUR VALUES|url=http://sunday.niedziela.pl/artykul.php?dz=wiara&id_art=00170|author=Mateusz Wyrwich|work=Sunday Catholic Weekly (Poland)}}</ref><ref name=ref001 /> and opposing same-sex marriage,<ref name="lesterfeder1">{{cite web|url=https://www.buzzfeed.com/lesterfeder/the-rise-of-europes-religious-right|author=J. Lester Feder|title=The Rise Of Europe's Religious Right|work=Buzzfeed|date=29 July 2014}}<br />As quoted by{{cite web|url=http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/religious-right-makes-friends-across-atlantic|title=The Religious Right Makes Friends Across The Atlantic|author=Miranda Blue|date=28 August 2014|work=Right Wing Watch|publisher=People for the American Way}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/religious-freedom/the-war-for-families-in-europe-continues-says-citizengo|title=The war for Families in Europe continues, says CitizenGo|date=5 Feb 2014|publisher=Christian Concern}}</ref> abortion,<ref name=poland /><ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.buzzfeed.com/lesterfeder/the-fight-for-civil-unions-in-the-popes-backyard|quote=Volontè is also on the board of CitizenGo, a globalizing online mobilizing platform that grew out of the Spanish organization instrumental in promoting a bill to restrict abortion enacted in 2010.|title=The Fight For Marriage Equality In The Pope's Backyard|author=Lester Feder|work=Buzzfeed|date=2 Jul 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://rhrealitycheck.org/article/2014/08/11/el-salvadors-right-wing-media-begins-sustained-campaign-releasing-17-women-imprisoned-abortion-related-charges/|title=El Salvador's Right-Wing Media Begins Sustained Campaign Against Releasing 17 Women Imprisoned on Abortion-Related Charges|work=RH Reality Check|quote=CitizenGO, a Madrid-based Christian foundation whose principles include the belief that life begins at conception.|date=11 Aug 2014}}</ref> and euthanasia.<ref name="thelocal-euth">{{cite web|url=http://www.thelocal.es/20140227/spanish-conservatives-lobby-belgian-king|title='Don't euthanize kids': Spaniards tell Belgium|date=27 Feb 2014|work=TheLocal.es}}</ref>
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The foundation promotes petitions in 50 countries, including petitions defending Christian and Catholic causes,<ref name=poland>{{cite web|quote=defence of Christian values|title=IN DEFENCE OF OUR VALUES|url=http://sunday.niedziela.pl/artykul.php?dz=wiara&id_art=00170|author=Mateusz Wyrwich|work=Sunday Catholic Weekly (Poland)}}</ref><ref name=ref001 /> and those opposing same-sex marriage,<ref name="lesterfeder1">{{cite web|url=https://www.buzzfeed.com/lesterfeder/the-rise-of-europes-religious-right|author=J. Lester Feder|title=The Rise Of Europe's Religious Right|work=Buzzfeed|date=29 July 2014}}<br />As quoted by{{cite web|url=http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/religious-right-makes-friends-across-atlantic|title=The Religious Right Makes Friends Across The Atlantic|author=Miranda Blue|date=28 August 2014|work=Right Wing Watch|publisher=People for the American Way}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/religious-freedom/the-war-for-families-in-europe-continues-says-citizengo|title=The war for Families in Europe continues, says CitizenGo|date=5 Feb 2014|publisher=Christian Concern}}</ref> abortion,<ref name=poland /><ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.buzzfeed.com/lesterfeder/the-fight-for-civil-unions-in-the-popes-backyard|quote=Volontè is also on the board of CitizenGo, a globalizing online mobilizing platform that grew out of the Spanish organization instrumental in promoting a bill to restrict abortion enacted in 2010.|title=The Fight For Marriage Equality In The Pope's Backyard|author=Lester Feder|work=Buzzfeed|date=2 Jul 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://rhrealitycheck.org/article/2014/08/11/el-salvadors-right-wing-media-begins-sustained-campaign-releasing-17-women-imprisoned-abortion-related-charges/|title=El Salvador's Right-Wing Media Begins Sustained Campaign Against Releasing 17 Women Imprisoned on Abortion-Related Charges|work=RH Reality Check|quote=CitizenGO, a Madrid-based Christian foundation whose principles include the belief that life begins at conception.|date=11 Aug 2014}}</ref> and euthanasia.<ref name="thelocal-euth">{{cite web|url=http://www.thelocal.es/20140227/spanish-conservatives-lobby-belgian-king|title='Don't euthanize kids': Spaniards tell Belgium|date=27 Feb 2014|work=TheLocal.es}}</ref>
   
 
== History ==
 
== History ==

Revision as of 21:31, 14 February 2020

CitizenGO
CitizenGO.jpg
MottoDefend and promote life, family, and liberty
PredecessorHazteOir[1][2][3]
Founded2013 in Madrid, Spain
HeadquartersPaseo de la Habana 200, Madrid, Spain
Area served
Worldwide
MethodInternet activism, online petitions
Websitehttp://citizengo.org/

CitizenGO is an ultraconservative[4][5] advocacy group founded in Madrid, Spain, in 2013 by HazteOir.[1][2][3]

The foundation promotes petitions in 50 countries, including petitions defending Christian and Catholic causes,[6][7] and those opposing same-sex marriage,[8][9] abortion,[6][10][11] and euthanasia.[12]

History

CitizenGO was founded in Madrid, Spain, in September 2013 by HazteOir[1][7] to expand its scope of action beyond Spanish-speaking countries,[8] advancing the use of online petitions as a form of Internet activism to increase public participation in the democratic process.[13] CitizenGO says that they have "team members located in fifteen cities on three continents" who facilitate users signing petitions in 50 countries,[13] in 8 languages with plans to add more. The CitizenGO Foundation is financially supported by online donations made by their members.[8] The CEO of CitizenGO is Álvaro Zulueta. The CitizenGO Foundation Board of Trustees is composed of Ignacio Arsuaga (founder and president), Walter Hintz, Blanca Escobar, Luca Volonte (UDC politician), Brian S. Brown (president of the National Organization for Marriage),[14] Gualberto García, Alexey Komov (Putin's ally),[15][16] Alejandro Bermudez, and John-Henry Westen.

Ignacio Arsuaga, founder and president of HazteOir and CitizenGo.[7]

In 2001, Ignacio Arsuaga founded HazteOir. This organization was later diluted within CitizenGO, a move that was considered a "rebranding".[2][3]

The foundation has been linked, like HazteOir, to El Yunque, a secret society of Mexican regional origin.[7][17][18]

Activities

Abortion and euthanasia

CitizenGO promotes campaigns opposing abortion and euthanasia. CitizenGo has opposed the introduction of the "Estrela report" into the European parliament, which requires member states to provide comprehensive sex education in schools and ensure access to abortions, among other things.[8]

In late May 2019, CitizenGo hosted a petition by "Right to Life" calling on streaming service Netflix to stop funding a legal challenge to Georgia's controversial Heartbeat bill. The group also called for subscribers to cancel their Netflix subscription as a sign of protest.[19]

Second Coming comic series

In February 2019, CitizenGo organized a petition calling on DC Vertigo to cancel Mark Russell and Richard Pace's Second Coming comic series, which they regarded as blasphemous for its depiction of Jesus Christ.[20][21] Russell subsequently confirm that it had been his decision to request the return of the rights to the series.[22][23]

2019 Disneyland "Magical Parade"

In late May 2018, CitizenGo circulated a petition calling on Disneyland Paris to cancel a scheduled pride parade called the "Magical Parade" on 1 June 2019.[24][25] The Walt Disney Company rejected the petition and the Magical Parade went ahead in Paris.[26][27]

LGBT rights in Kenya

CitizenGo Africa opposes decriminalising homosexuality in Kenya.[28]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c "BOE.es – Documento BOE-A-2013-9106" (in Spanish).
  2. ^ a b c "HazteOír desaparece dejando paso a CitizenGo". Infovaticana (in Spanish). 31 January 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Los ultracatólicos de HazteOir cambian de marca para limpiar su imagen". Eldiario.es (in Spanish).
  4. ^ Gekeler, Corinna (30 April 2014). "Warum ist Europa wichtig? (7)".
  5. ^ Ramsey, Adam (25 April 2019). "Revealed: the Trump-linked 'Super PAC' working behind the scenes to drive Europe's voters to the far right". OpenDemocracy. CitizenGo was set up in 2013 – the same year as Vox – as an ultra-conservative version of the progressive campaign platforms Avaaz.org and MoveOn.org.
  6. ^ a b Mateusz Wyrwich. "IN DEFENCE OF OUR VALUES". Sunday Catholic Weekly (Poland). defence of Christian values
  7. ^ a b c d "Quién está detras´de los lobbies ultracatólicos que arremeten contra las mujeres y el colectivo LGTBI". Eldiario.es (in Spanish). HazteOir, CitizenGo, Profesionales por la Ética, Centro Tomás Moro, Abogados Cristianos, Más Libres, Instituto para la Política Familiar, Organización del Bien Común... Son los lobbies ultracatólicos, que cuentan con el apoyo más o menos directo de una parte de la Conferencia Episcopal Española.
  8. ^ a b c d J. Lester Feder (29 July 2014). "The Rise Of Europe's Religious Right". Buzzfeed.
    As quoted byMiranda Blue (28 August 2014). "The Religious Right Makes Friends Across The Atlantic". Right Wing Watch. People for the American Way.
  9. ^ "The war for Families in Europe continues, says CitizenGo". Christian Concern. 5 Feb 2014.
  10. ^ Lester Feder (2 Jul 2014). "The Fight For Marriage Equality In The Pope's Backyard". Buzzfeed. Volontè is also on the board of CitizenGo, a globalizing online mobilizing platform that grew out of the Spanish organization instrumental in promoting a bill to restrict abortion enacted in 2010.
  11. ^ "El Salvador's Right-Wing Media Begins Sustained Campaign Against Releasing 17 Women Imprisoned on Abortion-Related Charges". RH Reality Check. 11 Aug 2014. CitizenGO, a Madrid-based Christian foundation whose principles include the belief that life begins at conception.
  12. ^ "'Don't euthanize kids': Spaniards tell Belgium". TheLocal.es. 27 Feb 2014.
  13. ^ a b "What is CitizenGO?". CitizenGo.
  14. ^ Miranda Blue (2 Feb 2015). "NOM Praises Roy Moore For Standing Against 'Judicial Tyranny' On Marriage". Right Wing Watch. People for the American Way.
  15. ^ "El Yunque, al descubierto". Equipo de investigación. Season 1. Episode 186 (in Spanish). Event occurs at 49:30. La Sexta. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  16. ^ "Szélsőjobbos orosz oligarchákhoz köthető, 9 millió embert mozgató hálózat kampányol minálunk". Népszava. CitizenGo is affiliated via board member Alexey Komov to Russian businessman Konstantin Malofeev, who is close to the Russian government and the Russian Orthodox Church, and has supported separatists in Ukraine's Donetsk region, as well as far-right groups in the European Union.
  17. ^ "El lobby ultraderechista español que mueve los hilos del movimiento antigay en México". El País (in Spanish).
  18. ^ Gutiérrez, Alejandro (2016-09-23). "Asociación yunquista en España entrega firmas contra iniciativa de Peña sobre matrimonios gay" (in Spanish). Proceso. El documento que presentaron a la embajada mexicana tenía la portada el nombre de CitizenGo, una de las organizaciones que ofrece apoyo internacional al Frente Nacional por la Familia, en México, y que el periodista de Proceso, Álvaro Delgado identificó como una de los tentáculos de El Yunque español que están detrás de las movilizaciones en México
  19. ^ "Demand Netflix backs off Georgia – Cancel your subscription now". CitizenGo. 30 May 2019. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  20. ^ "DC Comics to release blasphemous series about Jesus". CitizenGo. 14 February 2019. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  21. ^ Aguilar, Matthew (31 January 2019). "Over 100K People Sign Petition For DC Comics To Pull Second Coming Comic Book". Comicbook.com. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  22. ^ McMillan, Graeme (13 February 2019). "DC Vertigo Cancels 'Second Coming' of Jesus Comic Book Series". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  23. ^ Flood, Alison (19 February 2019). "DC cancels comic where Jesus learns from superhero after outcry". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  24. ^ "STOP LGBT indoctrination at Disneyland". CitizenGo. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  25. ^ Provost, Claire (14 June 2019). "Who's afraid of LGBT superheroes?". Open Democracy. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  26. ^ Duke, Barry (13 June 2019). "Disney refuses to accept anti-gay petition, tells bigot to get lost". Patheos. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  27. ^ Megarry, Daniel (5 June 2019). "Disneyland just made history with their first ever Pride parade". Gay Times. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  28. ^ "Kenya stands firm at the United Nations after CitizenGOers pressure".

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