George and Amal Clooney give $1 million to combat US hate groups

George and Amal Clooney have announced that they will be donating US$1 million (S$1.36 million) to a US non-profit that monitors extremists and hate groups.
The Clooneys have donated US$1 million to a US non-profit that monitors extremists and domestic hate groups.
The Clooneys have donated US$1 million to a US non-profit that monitors extremists and domestic hate groups.PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Actor George Clooney and his humanitarian lawyer wife, Amal Clooney, have donated US$1 million (S$1.3 million) to the Southern Poverty Law Centre, a US non-profit that monitors extremists and domestic hate groups, in response to protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this month.

An Aug 12 rally in the town organised by neo-Nazis and other white supremacists led to counter-protests and the death of a woman when a car ploughed into the crowd.

The street battles triggered a political crisis for President Donald Trump, who praised "very fine people" on both sides of the fight.

"What happened in Charlottesville, and what is happening in communities across our country, demands our collective engagement to stand up to hate," the Clooneys said in a joint statement.

The donation comes from the Clooney Foundation for Justice, which the couple established in 2016 to promote justice in classrooms and courtrooms around the world.

Southern Poverty Law Centre President Richard Cohen thanked the Clooneys for "standing with us at this critical moment in our country's fight against hate."