Oprah Winfrey Donates $500,000 To 'March For Our Lives' To Highlight Stricter Gun Laws
Following the shooting deaths of 17 people at Parkland, Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (Feb. 14), the mogul decided to further the efforts of the March For Our Lives campaign to bring awareness to the necessary need for gun control in America.
Winfrey's donation follows that of George and Amal Clooney, who also donated $500,000 to the initiative. "These inspiring young people remind me of the Freedom Riders of the 60s who also said we've had ENOUGH," Winfrey tweeted, "and our voices will be heard."
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
The march will happen nationally as well as Washington, D.C. on Mar. 24. In a mission statement published on the group's website, the focus will be placed on school safety and the fear that students are met with as they walk into school each day.
"School safety is not a political issue. There cannot be two sides to doing everything in our power to ensure the lives and futures of children who are at risk of dying when they should be learning, playing, and growing. The mission and focus of March For Our Lives is to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues. No special interest group, no political agenda is more critical than timely passage of legislation to effectively address the gun violence issues that are rampant in our country. Every kid in this country now goes to school wondering if this day might be their last. We live in fear."
Students in Miami-Dade and Broward counties are walking out of school to protest for gun reform. These kids are incredible. ✊
— Brynna Quillin (@brynnaquillin) February 21, 2018