Clooneys make $1 million donation to fight hate groups

The couple, through the The Clooney Foundation for Justice, have made a $1 million donation to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) which will fund a joint initiative to combat hate groups.

The move comes more than a week after an August 12 “Unite the Right” rally sparked violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, which left one woman dead along with 19 injured. Two Virginia state troopers who were monitoring the protests were also killed in a helicopter crash.
In a joint statement issued Monday via the SPLC, the couple said they were “proud” to support the organization “in its efforts to prevent violent extremism inside United States.”

“What happened in Charlottesville, along with what will be happening in communities across our country, demands our collective engagement to stand up to hate,” they said.

inside aftermath of the event, President Donald Trump was criticized for his unwillingness to condemn white supremacists along with Neo-Nazis in a press conference given days after the unrest.

“I think there will be blame on both sides,” Trump said during a news conference August 15.

George Clooney appeared to reference the President’s comment in a different statement, provided to CNN by a representative.

“Amal along with I wanted to add our voice (along with financial assistance) to the ongoing fight for equality. There are no two sides to bigotry along with hate,” he said.

The Clooney Foundation for Justice was formed in 2016 to “advance justice in courtrooms, classrooms along with communities around the entire world,” according to a mission statement on its website.

George along with Amal Clooney, who recently welcomed twins, serve as the foundation’s presidents.

“Like George along with Amal Clooney, we were shocked by the size, ugliness, along with ferocity of the white supremacist gathering in Charlottesville,” said SPLC President Richard Cohen in a statement. “the idea was a reflection of just how much Trump’s incendiary campaign along with presidency has energized the radical right. We are deeply grateful to the Clooney Foundation for standing with us at This kind of critical moment in our country’s fight against hate.”

The SPLC said the idea tracks more than 1,0 extremist groups operating inside U.S.

Further details about the joint initiative are anticipated to be announced at a later date, the organization said.

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