George and Amal Clooney Lend Their Voices to Activism Once More


Since June, George and Amal Clooney have been busy parenting newborn twins, but they’re not too busy to pay attention to the news, or try to do something to make it better. Per Deadline, the Clooneys’ organization, the Clooney Foundation for Justice is partnering with the Southern Poverty Law Center (S.P.L.C.) to help the S.P.L.C. combat hate groups following violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this month. The Clooney Foundation is giving the S.P.L.C. a $1 million grant to continue its work.

“We are proud to support the Southern Poverty Law Center in its efforts to prevent violent extremism in the United States,” the Clooneys said, per Deadline. “What happened in Charlottesville, and what is happening in communities across our country, demands our collective engagement to stand up to hate.”

Since 2016, the Clooneys have partnered with other social-justice foundations to help during times and areas of need. Last month, the foundation partnered with UNICEF to open seven public schools for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon.

“Thousands of young Syrian refugees are at risk—the risk of never being a productive part of society. Formal education can help change that,” they said on their Web site at the time.

“That’s our goal with this initiative. We don’t want to lose an entire generation because they had the bad luck of being born in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

In addition, the Clooney Foundation has developed TrialWatch, which is, as the Web site states, “an initiative focused on monitoring, reporting on, and responding to trials around the world which pose a high risk of human rights violations.”

The project will place trial observers in courtrooms worldwide to keep tabs on trials and help ensure their fairness—something Amal Clooney, a globally recognized human-rights attorney, knows a thing or two about.

Full ScreenPhotos:The Over-the-Top Celebrity Weddings You’ll Never Forget

Prince Charles and Diana Spencer

In July 1981, Prince Charles and Diana Spencer (later Princess of Wales) had their royal wedding. Diana’s dress has since held a place among the most iconic wedding dresses of all time, with its 25-foot train that caused enough concern that a backup dress was created just in case.

Photo: From the Princess Diana Archive/Hulton Royals Collection/.

Celine Dion and René Angélil

Celine Dion and René Angélil

The wedding of Celine Dion and her manager René Angélil at the Notre-Dame Basilica, in Montreal, was broadcast on live television in Canada in December 1994. Dion wore a dress with a 20-foot train that took over 1,000 hours to create, along with a seven-pound tiara made of 2,000 crystals.

Photo: By Michel Ponomareff/Gamma-Rapho/.

Liza Minnelli and David Gest

Liza Minnelli and David Gest

Though the marriage between Liza Minnelli and David Gest only lasted just over a year, their 2002 wedding had a long-lasting impact in the annals of celebrity nuptials. The $3.5 million ceremony with the 850-person guest list included people like Michael Jackson, Joan Collins, and Elizabeth Taylor, as well as that very memorable kiss.

Photo: By Robert Spencer/A.P. Images.

Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise

Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’s much-talked-about $3.5 million wedding in November 2006 involved renting a castle in Italy, a performance by Andrea Bocelli, an A-list guest list including Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Jennifer Lopez, and a fireworks display.

Photo: By Robert Evans/Corbis/.

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin

The avowed bachelor married human-rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin in September 2014 in a $4.6 million wedding in Italy. Alamuddin (now Amal Clooney) wore a custom-made Oscar de la Renta gown, while Clooney opted for a $5,000 Giorgio Armani tuxedo during the ceremony at the Aman Hotel in Venice, attended by celebrity guests and friends like Bono and Matt Damon.

Correction (November 26, 2016): As first posted this slide misidentified the maker of Amal Clooney’s wedding gown.

Photo: From GC Wedding/Contour by .

Elton John and David Furnish

Elton John and David Furnish

Elton John’s 2014 wedding to his partner of more than 20 years, David Furnish, was planned to coincide with the nine-year anniversary of their civil partnership. It was a (somewhat) intimate affair with only 50 guests, including Elizabeth Hurley, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, and Ed Sheeran. The couple even sent mince pies and coffee to members of the media who were waiting outside.

Photo: From PA Images/Alamy.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

Kim Kardashian‘s (now Kim Kardashian West) $2.8 million Italian wedding to Kanye West in May 2014 actually started out in Paris, where guests arrived the night before, visiting Versailles and being serenaded by Lana Del Rey. They then traveled via private jet to the Forte di Belvedere in Florence, a fortress originally created for the Medici family.

Photo: Photographed by Annie Leibovitz for the April 2014 issue of Vogue.

Prince Charles and Diana Spencer

Prince Charles and Diana Spencer

In July 1981, Prince Charles and Diana Spencer (later Princess of Wales) had their royal wedding. Diana’s dress has since held a place among the most iconic wedding dresses of all time, with its 25-foot train that caused enough concern that a backup dress was created just in case.

From the Princess Diana Archive/Hulton Royals Collection/.

Celine Dion and René Angélil

Celine Dion and René Angélil

The wedding of Celine Dion and her manager René Angélil at the Notre-Dame Basilica, in Montreal, was broadcast on live television in Canada in December 1994. Dion wore a dress with a 20-foot train that took over 1,000 hours to create, along with a seven-pound tiara made of 2,000 crystals.

By Michel Ponomareff/Gamma-Rapho/.

Liza Minnelli and David Gest

Liza Minnelli and David Gest

Though the marriage between Liza Minnelli and David Gest only lasted just over a year, their 2002 wedding had a long-lasting impact in the annals of celebrity nuptials. The $3.5 million ceremony with the 850-person guest list included people like Michael Jackson, Joan Collins, and Elizabeth Taylor, as well as that very memorable kiss.

By Robert Spencer/A.P. Images.

Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise

Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’s much-talked-about $3.5 million wedding in November 2006 involved renting a castle in Italy, a performance by Andrea Bocelli, an A-list guest list including Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Jennifer Lopez, and a fireworks display.

By Robert Evans/Corbis/.

Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky

Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky

In 2010, Chelsea Clinton married investment banker Marc Mezvinsky in Rhinebeck, New York, in a ceremony that cost between $3 million to $5 million. The bride had the good fortune of having her wedding-dress designer, Vera Wang, in attendance—you know, just in case.

From WireImage/.

Prince William and Kate Middleton

Prince William and Kate Middleton

Twenty-three million Americans tuned in to watch Prince William marry Kate Middleton (now the Duchess of Cambridge) in April 2011, 30 years after his parents’ royal wedding. The cost of the royal event reportedly came out to around $34 million, with a majority of those funds going toward security for the high-profile ceremony, which included guests like Victoria and David Beckham, David Cameron, and Elton John.

By Tim Rooke/Rex/Shutterstock.

Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto

Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto

Michael Jordan wed his longtime girlfriend Yvette Prieto in April 2013 in front of 300 guests in Florida. The couple were then joined by 1,500 guests for the reception in a 40,000-square-foot tent, which, according to local realtors, is “the largest tent in wedding history.” The couple’s wedding reportedly cost $10 million.

From Rex/Shutterstock.

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin

The avowed bachelor married human-rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin in September 2014 in a $4.6 million wedding in Italy. Alamuddin (now Amal Clooney) wore a custom-made Oscar de la Renta gown, while Clooney opted for a $5,000 Giorgio Armani tuxedo during the ceremony at the Aman Hotel in Venice, attended by celebrity guests and friends like Bono and Matt Damon.

Correction (November 26, 2016): As first posted this slide misidentified the maker of Amal Clooney’s wedding gown.

From GC Wedding/Contour by .

Elton John and David Furnish

Elton John and David Furnish

Elton John’s 2014 wedding to his partner of more than 20 years, David Furnish, was planned to coincide with the nine-year anniversary of their civil partnership. It was a (somewhat) intimate affair with only 50 guests, including Elizabeth Hurley, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, and Ed Sheeran. The couple even sent mince pies and coffee to members of the media who were waiting outside.

From PA Images/Alamy.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

Kim Kardashian‘s (now Kim Kardashian West) $2.8 million Italian wedding to Kanye West in May 2014 actually started out in Paris, where guests arrived the night before, visiting Versailles and being serenaded by Lana Del Rey. They then traveled via private jet to the Forte di Belvedere in Florence, a fortress originally created for the Medici family.

Photographed by Annie Leibovitz for the April 2014 issue of Vogue.



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