By Todd Williamson/.
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.
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