As the Republican party remained paralyzed to take any substantive action in the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, some celebrities have stepped up in a major way.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students have planned for March 24 in Washington, D.C., to demand stricter gun laws. The protest effort is “March for our Lives.”
On February 20th, Hollywood superstar George Clooney and his wife, international law and human rights lawyer, Amal Clooney, pledged to join the Parkland survivors in a march. They also donated $500,000. The Clooneys’ support was quickly cosigned by Oprah.
George and Amal, I couldn’t agree with you more. I am joining forces with you and will match your $500,000 donation to ‘March For Our Lives.’ These inspiring young people remind me of the Freedom Riders of the 60s who also said we’ve had ENOUGH and our voices will be heard.
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) February 20, 2018
Iconic director Stephen Spielberg and his wife, actress Kate Capshaw, also stepped up to the plate, issuing the following statement:
“The young students in Florida and now across the country are already demonstrating their leadership with a confidence and maturity that belies their ages. Kate and I applaud their efforts to take a stand for the benefit of this and future generations. They are an inspiration to us all, and we are joining in this movement with a donation of $500,000.”
Producer Jeffrey Katzenberg also announced that he and his wife were going to march as well as donate:
“Marilyn and I are proud to stand with the brave young leaders from Parkland, Florida, who have taken their pain and grief and turned it into action. We will join Amal and George Clooney on March 24 to stand alongside these remarkable young people. We are also donating $500,000 to March for Our Lives to support this historic event.”
With just under a month left until their protest is scheduled, it’s clear the young Parkland survivors are going to have quite an impact on Washington; a bigger one than they’ve already had.