via The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Actor George Clooney and his wife, Amal Clooney, are donating $500,000 to students organizing nationwide marches against gun violence, and they say they’ll also attend next month’s planned protests.
In a statement released Tuesday, the couple says they’re inspired by the “courage and eloquence” of the survivors-turned-activists from Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen people were killed at the school and others wounded when a former student went on a rampage with an assault rifle. Students are mobilizing a March 24 march in Washington and elsewhere to urge lawmakers to enact tougher gun control.
Oprah Winfrey says she will match the Clooneys’ donation to students organizing marches against gun violence after a mass shooting in Florida.
The media mogul tweeted from her verified account Tuesday night that the student organizers remind her of civil rights activists in the 1960s “who also said we’ve had ENOUGH and our voices will be heard.”
The Clooneys say they’re donating the money in the names of their eight-month-old twins Ella and Alexander. The couple also says the family plans to “stand side by side” with students next month.
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