George And Amal Clooney Just Made A Huge Donation Toward Combatting Hate

"There are no two sides to bigotry and hate."

The tragic events in Charlottesville earlier this month have motivated many big names to speak out against bigotry. Some, such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, have even made generous donations toward anti-hate organizations. 

George and Amal Clooney are the latest public figures to do their part. According to a recent announcement, the Clooney Foundation for Justice is partnering with the Southern Poverty Law Center "to increase the capacity of the SPLC to combat hate groups in the United States." The foundation has donated a $1 million grant to the SPLC to support the initiative — with more details to come.



"Amal and I wanted to add our voice (and financial assistance) to the ongoing fight for equality," the Clooneys said in a statement, according to Deadline. They went on to allude to President Donald Trump's controversial comments on the events in Charlottesville, adding, "There are no two sides to bigotry and hate."

The Clooney Foundation for Justice was co-founded in 2016 by George and Amal Clooney, who serve as the organization's presidents. The foundation works toward "advancing justice in courtrooms, communities, and classrooms around the world." It has previously partnered with UNICEF to open seven schools in Lebanon for Syrian refugee children, as well as developing a TrialWatch program to prevent and respond to human rights violations in courts around the world.

The Clooneys have also done their part individually in the fight for social justice. Amal Clooney is an international human rights lawyer who delivered a speech earlier this year urging the United Nations to act against ISIS. George Clooney, meanwhile, has used his fame and fortune as an A-list actor in humanitarian efforts around the world, including Darfur and Haiti, and co-founded the Not On Our Watch Project with fellow stars Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, and Brad Pitt.

"We are proud to support the Southern Poverty Law Center in its efforts to prevent violent extremism in the United States," the couple said of their latest efforts, according to the SPLC's announcement. "What happened in Charlottesville, and what is happening in communities across our country, demands our collective engagement to stand up to hate."

The Southern Poverty Law Center is a nonprofit that currently monitors more than 1,600 extremist groups around the United States. The organization recently shared an interactive map of active hate groups around the country — and offered suggestions for how to combat them.

"We are deeply grateful to the Clooney Foundation for standing with us at this critical moment in our country's fight against hate," SPLC President Richard Cohen said of the Clooneys' grant.

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