“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,” George said in a statement.
“We are proud to support the Southern Poverty Law Center in its efforts to prevent violent extremism in the United States,” the Clooneys said in a joint statement. “What happened in Charlottesville, and what is happening in communities across our country, demands our collective engagement to stand up to hate.”
SPLC President Richard Cohen expressed gratitude to the Clooney’s for their generous donation.
“We are deeply grateful to the Clooney Foundation for standing with us at this critical moment in our country’s fight against hate,” he said in a statement.
19 people were injured and one woman died during a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12. Two Virginia state troopers who were monitoring the rally from a helicopter also lost their lives after their chopper crashed.
The Clooneys co-founded their organization in 2016.
“We believe that justice means fighting for the rights of individuals unfairly targeted by oppressive governments through the courts. But justice is more than what is meted out in courts, it is litigated in communities as well,” reads a statement on the foundation website.
“Advancing the cause of justice also means advancing justice for marginalized and vulnerable communities targeted by hate; justice for displaced children deprived of opportunities to learn; justice for refugees seeking to rebuild their lives abroad.”
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