The Clooneys have conviction. Amal and George Clooney announced their plans this week to donate $1 million to combat hate groups in the wake of the white supremacist rallies that have impacted parts of the country and the world. The couple, in conjunction with the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Clooney Foundation for Justice, are donating the hefty grant to help civil rights organizations stand against extremism in the country.
“Amal and I wanted to add our voice (and financial assistance) to the ongoing fight for equality,” the A-list actor said in a statement. “There are no two sides to bigotry and hate.”
The donation to the SPLC was made in the wake of recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, which claimed the life of counter-protester Heather Heyer. “We are proud to support the Southern Poverty Law Center in its efforts to prevent violent extremism in the United States,” the power couple continued. “What happened in Charlottesville, and what is happening in communities across our country, demands our collective engagement to stand up to hate.”
The human rights lawyer, 39, and her husband, 56, speak out often about global issues and the impact on underdeveloped communities. “She’s someone that I enjoy spending every minute of the day with and I’m very proud to be around, watching the things that she does I admire so greatly,” the actor previously told BBC of his wife. “I’ve always been involved in things other than this business long before I was successful at it, but she’s been doing it kind of quietly and unheralded for a long, long period of time.”
Still, they tend to personally shy away from the “power couple” monicker. “I think we’re just a couple with great interest in the human condition,” he said in the same interview. “I don’t think of that as particularly powerful; I just think of it as our responsibility as people on the planet.”
Amal (formerly Amal Alamuddin) and George married in a star-studded, destination wedding in Venice in 2014. Notable guests included Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso, Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, and John Krasinski and Emily Blunt.