On Tuesday, Oprah Winfrey pledged to donate $500,000 to the March For Our Lives. The protest was launched by the students affected by the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas school in Parkland, Florida.
"George and Amal," Winfrey wrote on Tuesday in a tweet, "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."
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 media mogul will be matching the $500,000 pledge made by George and Amal Clooney in support of the movement.
The March For Our Lives protest is set to take place on March 24 in Washington, D.C., with supporters calling for stricter gun laws across the United States in hopes of preventing gun violence in schools. Led by students, the march sets out to honor the lives of the 17 who died during the Florida school shooting.
Citing the march as a response to politicians' claiming this is not the time to talk about guns, the students proclaim in their mission statement that school safety doesn't fall into the political realm:
“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 brought before Congress to address these gun issues. No special interest group, no political agenda is more critical than the timely passage of legislation to effectively address the gun violence issues that are rampant in our country. ”
Winfrey related the movement to that of the Freedom Riders, who are best known for their actions during the Civil Rights era. Though, at the time, the Supreme Court ruled segregated public buses as unconstitutional, many Southern states refused to desegregate buses and faced no consequences for their opposition. The Freedom Riders took it upon themselves to drive interstate buses in the South in racially diverse groups and challenge the government’s inaction.
Her parallel paints today's students rallying behind March For Our Lives as a group fighting for their rights, too, in a time when lawmakers purposely turn a blind eye.
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