Oprah Winfrey has added her name to the list of Hollywood heavyweights to donate $500,000 to March For Our Lives, the gun-protest march being organized by students at Parkland, FL’s Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, where a former student opened fire last week and killed 17 students and teachers and wounded 16.
Oprah made the announcement on her Twitter page, writing that she will be joining Amal and George Clooney who have also pledged $500,000. She wrote:
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
George and Amal Clooney have pledged $500,000 in the name of their 8-month-old twins Alexander and Ella, to help underwrite the efforts of survivors of the mass shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, to protest for meaningful gun control. Veteran studio chef Jeffrey Katzenberg and his wife Marilyn also announced a donation of $500,000, according tot Variety.
The movement has spread to include students across America, and has announced a rally for March 24 in Washington D.C. to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address gun issues.