Oprah, Clooneys and Spielberg pledge $500K each to support ‘March for Our Lives.’




Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney and Steven Spielberg said on Tuesday they would each donate $500,000 US to the March for Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C. in support of gun control following last week’s shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 dead.

Clooney and his wife, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, were the first to make the financial pledge and also said they will march alongside the students behind the rally on March 24.

Oprah tweeted, “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.”

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, where a 19-year-old former student is accused of going on a rampage with a semi-automatic AR-15-style assault rifle on Feb. 14, are assisting in planning the march.

Film producer Jeffrey Katzenberg and his wife Marilyn also said they would match the $500,000 donation and march in Washington

The March for Our Lives event is one of several rallies being organized by students across the country in support of stronger gun laws, challenging politicians they say have failed to protect them. Busloads of Florida students headed to the state capital Tallahassee on Tuesday to call for a ban on assault rifles.

 

Other celebrities have voiced their support for the students’ efforts on social media, including Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Cher.