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George Clooney's Incredible Activism, in One Timeline

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George Clooney's Incredible Activism, in One Timeline

Post by Mazy on Sun Jan 05 2014, 06:50

George Clooney's Incredible Activism, in One Timeline
By Rachel Kleinman  December 31, 2013
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If you forgot that George Clooney's résumé included political activism, last week's uptick in violence in South Sudan served as your reminder. Clooney used his celebrity to call attention to the problems there in a co-written article in the Daily Beast.

But Clooney's activism didn't start there. In fact, his outspoken political perspective dates back to 2003, when Clooney made a crack about gun enthusiast Charlton Heston, thus revealing Clooney's own feelings about the hot button issue of gun control.

Here's a brief timeline of the two-time Sexiest Man Alive's career as a political animal:

1. April 2006
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Clooney spent 10 days in Chad and Sudan with his father, making the TV special, "A Journey to Darfur," which looks at Darfur's refugees and advocates for action. Shortly thereafter, Clooney spoke at a Save Darfur rally in Washington, D.C.

2. September 2006
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The Gravity star and Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel spoke to the UN Security Council, asking the UN to find a solution to the conflict in Darfur.

3. December 2006
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Along with fellow actor and activist Don Cheadle, as well as two Olympic medalists, Clooney visited China and Egypt to ask both governments to pressure Sudan's government.

4. March 2007
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Clooney sent an open letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, asking the European Union to take "decisive action" in Darfur. This same year, Clooney narrated and was co-executive producer of the documentary Sand and Sorrow.

5. November 2007
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Clooney appeared in the documentary film Darfur Now, a call to action to help end the crisis in Darfur.

6. December 2007
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Clooney and Cheadle received the Summit Peace Award from the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates in Rome.

7. January 2008
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The UN announced Clooney's appointment as a messenger of peace Messenger of Peace.

8. February 2009
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Clooney visited Goz Beida, Chad, with New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof.

9. January 2010
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Clooney organized a telethon that collected donations for victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

10. October 2010
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Clooney, along with With the help of activist John Prendergast, the actor initiated the Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP), which aims to monitor armed activity for signs of renewed civil war between Sudan and South Sudan. They also detect and deter mass atrocities along the border.

11. May 2011
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Clooney and John Prendergast co-wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post  called "Dancing with a dictator in Sudan."

12. March 2012
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Clooney starred with Working alongside actors Martin Sheen and Brad Pitt, Clooney starred in a performance of Dustin Lance Black's play, 8, which is a reenactment of the federal trial that overturned California's ban on same-sex marriage. Clooney played attorney David Boies, and the production raised money for the American Foundation for Equal Rights. In the same month, Clooney was arrested for civil disobedience during a protest outside the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, D.C.

13. September 2012
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Clooney took an auction winner out to lunch to benefit the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN).

14. December 2013
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George Clooney sent a video message of support to Ukraine's protesters earlier this month. In the video, he condemned the violent crackdown on protesters, as well as the ongoing detention of jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

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Re: George Clooney's Incredible Activism, in One Timeline

Post by it's me on Sun Jan 05 2014, 06:53

thanks, amazing to see all together
and I am sure many went left too...

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Re: George Clooney's Incredible Activism, in One Timeline

Post by Carla97 on Sun Jan 05 2014, 11:29

Impressive.

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Re: George Clooney's Incredible Activism, in One Timeline

Post by Joanna on Sun Jan 05 2014, 12:31

Thanks for posting that very informative Timeline
Mazy.


Here's a link to item 11 from the above Timeline.

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Re: George Clooney's Incredible Activism, in One Timeline

Post by Nicky80 on Sun Jan 05 2014, 12:32

Thanks Mazy great to see everything listed. Love the videos.

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Re: George Clooney's Incredible Activism, in One Timeline

Post by Nicky80 on Sun Jan 05 2014, 12:33

Thanks Joanna  Thumbs up!

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Re: George Clooney's Incredible Activism, in One Timeline

Post by silly girl on Sun Jan 05 2014, 12:40

Yes great timeline but as you said It's me some have been left off...he also organized the Sept 11 concert or was at least was a big part of the organization of it....probably does more we don't know about too.

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Re: George Clooney's Incredible Activism, in One Timeline

Post by Joanna on Sun Jan 05 2014, 13:13

I'd imagine the Famous Four would do a lot behind closed doors.
IMO they'd make public the ones that
need to be financially supported because of people suffering because of war and famine and lack of clean water.

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Re: George Clooney's Incredible Activism, in One Timeline

Post by Mazy on Sun Jan 05 2014, 14:26

Thanks Joanna for the link I posted it in the Causes section.

This is just a small sample of what George has been involved with, I just thought it was a nice recognition of his humanitarianism.

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Re: George Clooney's Incredible Activism, in One Timeline

Post by it's me on Mon Jan 06 2014, 00:07

surely nice
and surely partial

and surely there's more

and more and more

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Re: George Clooney's Incredible Activism, in One Timeline

Post by Katiedot on Mon Jan 06 2014, 04:29

Yes, there's lots more - this is mostly the US-focused stuff. There's the 'A heart for Children' event in Germany and the donations he made in Rome for the motorbike ambulances.

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Re: George Clooney's Incredible Activism, in One Timeline

Post by it's me on Mon Jan 06 2014, 09:03

oh my
how many things! good idea to make a list
can we try?

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Re: George Clooney's Incredible Activism, in One Timeline

Post by Katiedot on Mon Jan 06 2014, 10:53

We did make a start: [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

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