In the wake of the horrifying shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, that left 17 people dead and more than a dozen injured on Feb. 14, stars are rallying for gun control. One of those celebrities is none other than human rights lawyer Amal Clooney. Amal, along with her husband George, donated $ 500,000 in their twins Alexander and Ella’s names to the upcoming March For Our Lives event earlier this week. The march will take place in Washington DC on March 24 and, is being organized by the Everytown For Gun Safety nonprofit organization and five students who survived the mass shooting – Jacqueline Coren, Emma Gonzalez, Cameron Kasky, David Hogg, and Alex Wind.
On Friday, POPSUGAR attended the Watermark Conference For Women in San Jose, CA, where Amal praised the students for their bravery and advocacy. “I am just blown away by these students. I think they are doing an amazing job turning a tragedy into advocacy,” Amal said. “It’s only been a week since this happened and I’m in awe of how courageous they are and how effective they are. I would have never have had the presence of mind or the courage at 16 years old, let alone having just gone through what they have, to be able to stand face to face with the president, a senator, the NRA, and answer these tough questions. They are the best vehicle and best hope for change. I really hope that they will succeed and make a meaningful difference.”
“They are the best vehicle and best hope for change. I really hope that they will succeed and make a meaningful difference.”
Amal also talked about why the march is so important to her and her family. “George and I just personally wanted to make this contribution and say that we will be there with our family because my children are very lucky to go to school here and I know their lives will literally depend on it,” she explained. “The new generation, the young people, feel empowered to make a change, and frankly, they are the ones who should have the platform. The march we’re attending, it’s their march. They are the ones that are going to be speaking, and if someone tries to tell them what the reality is, their response should be, ‘Well, I was the one hiding in the closet a week ago, so let me tell you how I feel and this is what would make me feel safe.’ Watching them gives me a lot of hope.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, Amal.