Oprah, Clooneys donate $1M to school shooting survivors' movement

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Oprah Winfrey added a $500,000 pledge to match the amount pledged each by Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, and by George and Amal Clooney to back the March For Our Lives campaign following the Florida high school massacre on Valentine's Day.

"George and Amal, I couldn't agree with you more".

The March 24 rally is organized by five teenagers who survived Wednesday's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School - Jacqueline Coren, Emma Gonzalez, Cameron Kasky, David Hogg, and Alex Wind - in collaboration with the nonprofit Everytown for Gun Safety.

Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a gunman opened fire and killed 17 people last week (14Feb18), are behind the Washington, D.C, protest, aimed at forcing politicians to drastically change gun laws in the USA, and Amal admits she's very impressed by the movement they have created in a week. "Our children's lives depend on it", Clooney said in a statement.

The media mogul tweeted from her verified account Tuesday night that the student organizers remind her of civil rights activists in the 1960s "who also said we've had ENOUGH and our voices will be heard".

Winfrey is following in the footsteps of George and Amal Clooney, who announced Tuesday that they would be donating half a million dollars to the demonstration.

"The young students in Florida and now across the country are already demonstrating their leadership with a confidence and maturity that belies their ages", he said.

The Clooneys, Spielbergs, Katzenbergs, and Winfrey have each vowed $500,000.

Gun ownership is protected by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and remains one of the nation's more divisive issues.

The "March for Our Lives" is scheduled to take place on March 24, with sister rallies planned across the country demanding that US Congress come up with effective legislation to address the epidemic of gun violence in the United States. "They are an inspiration to us all, and we are joining in this movement with a donation of $500,000".