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Amal Clooney: Parkland student activists ‘are our best hope’

Post by annemarie on Fri 23 Feb 2018, 20:33

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[size=13][size=13]SAN JOSE, CA – FEBRUARY 23: International human rights attorney Amal Clooney speaks onstage at the Watermark Conference for Women 2018 at San Jose Convention Center on February 23, 2018 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Marla Aufmuth/Getty Images for Watermark Conference for Women 2018)

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PUBLISHED: February 23, 2018 at 11:56 am | UPDATED: February 23, 2018 at 12:24 pm
Amal Clooney was only 4 when her family fled the Lebanese Civil War, so she doesn’t remember much about its horrors. But her mother has told her of the afternoon when the small school bus she and her sister were riding was hours late. The bus had to veer off the road near their Beirut home, because of shelling ahead.
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.][size=13]International human rights attorney Amal Clooney walks onstage at the Watermark Conference for Women 2018 Friday. (Photo by Marla Aufmuth/Getty Images for Watermark Conference for Women 2018) 

“As a parent now, I can’t imagine how terrifying that must have been,” Clooney said Friday at the Watermark Conference for Women Silicon Valley.
Clooney was in San Jose as one of the conference’s keynote speakers, sharing stories about her career as a human rights attorney, pleading cases at the International Court of Justice and the United Nations, while also referring to life as the mother of 8-month-old twins with her husband, actor George Clooney.
As Amal Clooney acknowledged, the experience of being a refugee from a war-torn area, as well as a mother, has informed her activism on behalf of victims of violence. Now Clooney’s support extends to the students who survived last week’s mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. She and George Clooney plan to attend the students’ anti-gun violence march in Washington, D.C., on March 24.
Moreover, the couple have pledged $500,000 to help fund the event. They announced their donation this week in the name of their children, Ella and Alexander.
“I’m just blown away by these students,” Clooney said, during a conversation with “All Things Considered” co-host Kelly McEvers, onstage at the San Jose Convention Center .
“They are turning a tragedy into advoacy,” said Clooney, whose clients have included journalists imprisoned by governments in Egypt and Azerbaijan, as well as a woman from Iraq whose family and ethnic Yazidi community was targeted by ISIS for genocide, rape and sex slavery.
With regard to the Parkland students, Clooney noted that it’s only been a little over a week since the shooting. A 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz opened fire at the suburban high school, killing 14 students and three staff members.
Students have reported hiding in closets, listening to gunfire in nearby classrooms, texting their parents to say good-bye and then learning that friends and classmates had died.

“I’m in awe of how courageous they are and how effective they are,” Clooney said. In that time, the students have started a national conversation about gun control and school safety that could bring about a reckoning over gun violence in America.
These students notably have called out President Donald Trump, members of congress and the National Rifle Association for their refusal to acknowledge what the students see as the key factor in mass shootings: the accessibility of guns in America, especially of high-powered rifles like the AR-15, which was used by Cruz.
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]NPR host Kelly McEvers and Amal Clooney in conversation at the Watermark Conference for Women 2018 Friday. (Photo by Marla Aufmuth/Getty Images for Watermark Conference for Women 2018) 
“I don’t think I would have had the presence of mind or the courage to do what they are doing at age 16, let alone having gone through what they have,” Clooney said.
She also praised the students for the way they have spoken passionately and intelligently and asked the “tough questions” in their appearances on national television or in face-to-face encounters with U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and with Trump at the White House.
“They are the best vehicle (for change),” Clooney said. “They are our best hope.”
As someone not born in the United States, Clooney said she has always looked at this country as one that provides a “great example to others.” Clooney grew up in the United Kingdom, but got her law degree at New York University, worked for a time on Wall Street and lives in Los Angeles part-time with her husband.
But in one way, Clooney suggested, America is not living up to its best self.
“The idea that children are scared to go to school, and bullet-proof backpacks are being sold out and that students have to go through these live shooter drills. … and the conclusion is, ‘Let’s start arming teachers.’ it just doesn’t make sense to me.”
She also disputed other ideas being floated about how to address mass shootings.
“People say maybe it’s because there is violence in films or there is a mental health issue,” she said. “But there’s violence in films and mental health issues in other countries. This is the only country where this kind of problem exists.”
Clooney emphasized why this issue has become personal to her, and why she and her family will attend the march to support efforts to bring about change. “It’s likely that my children will go to school here. I know their lives literally depend on (change happening).”[/size][/size][/size]

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Re: Amal Clooney: Parkland student activists ‘are our best hope’

Post by Donnamarie on Sat 24 Feb 2018, 05:13

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