Amal and George Clooney have combined two of their most important roles—as humanitarians and new parents—to pledge their support to the March For Our Lives movement, a nationwide march established by the survivors of last week's deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The march, which supports stricter gun control legislation in order to protect American students from similar tragedies, was organized by Douglas students Jacqueline Coren, Emma Gonzalez, Cameron Kasky, David Hogg, and Alex Wind, with the help of the Everytown for Gun Safety nonprofit, and will take place primarily in Washington, D.C., on March 24, in tandem with other, smaller marches around the country.
In a statement released to Variety on Tuesday, the Clooneys shared their decision to support the movement. "Amal and I are so inspired by the courage and eloquence of these young men and women from Stoneman Douglas High School," the statement 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 to help pay for this groundbreaking event. Our children's lives depend on it."
After several Parkland students spoke out over the weekend about the march and their commitment to fighting for common-sense gun laws, many more celebrities pledged their support to the movement on social media. "YESSSSS EMMA GONZALEZ!!!!!!! Thank you for your voice, and for your bravery and honesty while using it✊🏽," Zendaya tweeted on Saturday. "Parkland Survivors and others that are standing up through the media are so brave and are true role models. I'm speechless at their courage. And so proud that these kids and young adults are our future. #GunControl #ParklandStudents The question now is will our leaders listen," Lady Gaga wrote Monday.
To learn more about the March For Our Lives, donate to the movement, or organize a march in your community on March 24, visit the movement's website.