Major celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney and Steven Spielberg have pledged to donate more than $2 million to March For Our Lives, an upcoming gun control rally being organized by students of Parkland, Florida's Marjorie Stoneman Douglas Highschool which suffered from a school shooting last week that took the lives of 17 students and teachers and injured 16 more.
The march is scheduled for March 24 at Washington D.C., a fundraising campaign was started by Stoneman Douglas student Cameron Kasky who said that the money raised will be used for organizing the rally and any excess funds will be donated directly to the families of the shooting victims.
George Clooney and his wife Amal immediately pledged $500,000 for the march and released a statement praising the initiative of the student survivors “Amal and I are so inspired by the courage and eloquence of these young men and women from Stoneman Douglas High School," It reads "Our family will be there on March 24 to stand side by side with this incredible generation of young people from all over the country, and in the name of our children Ella and Alexander, we’re donating 500,000 dollars to help pay for this groundbreaking event. Our children’s lives depend on it.”
Oprah Winfrey then responded by matching their donation and she wrote on twitter "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 60's who also said we’ve had ENOUGH and our voices will be heard."
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
Director Steven Spielberg and producer Jeffrey Katzenberg also followed suit and pledged to give half a million dollars each.
This Wednesday student survivors confronted lawmakers in the Florida State Capitol at Tallahassee while thousands of teenagers walked out of their highschools across the state to show solidarity. However the movement faced a setback a day before when, the Republican controlled state legislature voted down a debate on a proposal for an assault weapons ban, while the student survivors watched from the gallery. On meeting some of the lawmakers Spencer Blum a junior from Stoneman Douglas said on a press conference “Some heard us loud and clear, others did not,”
In the same press conference the student survivors pledged to keep going with the movement until sensible gun control laws are passed "This is for every single kid who fears for their life," said student Alfonso Calderon "This is more than Parkland. This is more than Florida. This is more than the United States. This is something serious. It is about human lives."