Wednesday 21 March 2018

Clooneys pledge $1m to combat hate groups

Amal Clooney, left, and George Clooney. Photo: AP
Amal Clooney, left, and George Clooney. Photo: AP Newsdesk Newsdesk

Amal and George Clooney have pledged $1m (€850,000) to a non-profit legal advocacy group that targets white supremacist organisations.

Human rights barrister Amal, and her actor husband George, made the donation in the wake of the violence at Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this month. On August 13, neo-Nazis marched in the American city, and a speeding car ploughed into a group of anti-fascist protesters, killing one woman and leaving at least 19 people injured.

"We are proud to support the Southern Poverty Law Centre (SPLC) in its efforts to prevent violent extremism in the United States," the couple said. "What happened in Charlottesville, and what is happening in communities across our country, demands our collective engagement to stand up to hate."

In a statement given to 'USA Today', Oscar-winner George said: "Amal and I wanted to add our voice (and financial assistance) to the ongoing fight for equality. There are no two sides to bigotry and hate."

The actor's comment that there are "no two sides" might be taken as a response to Donald Trump's remarks following the Charlottesville tragedy. The American president has claimed "many sides" were to blame for the violence, later adding that "there are two sides to a story".

Richard Cohen, president of the SPLC, has welcomed the Clooneys' contribution.

"Like George and Amal Clooney, we were shocked by the size, ugliness, and ferocity of the white supremacist gathering in Charlottesville," he said.

Irish Independent

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