Angelina Jolie returned and stayed close to her family while calling on her 45th birthday.
The activist and Oscar winner donated $ 200,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund before her birthday on Thursday, which she celebrated with her six children: Maddox, 18, Pax, 16, Zahara, 15, Shiloh, 14, and 11 years old. twins Knox and Vivienne.
“Rights do not belong to any one group to give to another. Discrimination and impunity cannot be tolerated, explained or justified. I hope that we can unite as Americans to address the profound structural errors in our society,” Jolie said in a statement. statement. “I support the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in its fight for racial equality, social justice and its call for urgent legislative reform.”
Since the murder of George Floyd, which sparked worldwide protests against police brutality, Jolie and her children have had difficult and necessary conversations about the race as they isolated themselves together in Los Angeles.
The actress and director has been active since the COVID-19 pandemic spread worldwide and has donated to different organizations. Amid the continuing spread, Jolie shared a birthday toast called Zoom with friends and colleagues and spent the day with her children at home.
Related Video: Angelina Jolie travels to Jordan with her daughters Shiloh and Zahara to meet with Syrian refugees.
One of the reasons Jolie has expressed is the lack of food security that thousands of children across the country face, aggravated by the closure of schools to curb the spread of the virus.
Last month, Jolie joined a Zoom call led by No Kid Hungry, the organization that works to feed children across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jolie previously donated $ 1 million to the organization and has remained involved in the cause.
Jolie, who has been advocating for refugees around the world for years as a special envoy to UNHCR, shared that she became involved with No Kid Hungry after realizing the scope of the situation in the United States.
“I knew there were problems in the United States, that there was poverty, but I couldn’t believe when I realized how many schoolchildren in the United States depended on a meal to avoid starvation,” she said on the call. disgusted at having reached this point as a country and allowing the most vulnerable to find themselves in that state. I can’t imagine how those parents feel. ”
Jolie also urged Congress in a letter last month to increase their food assistance to affected families through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
“Many of the most vulnerable children in the United States have missed almost 740 million meals at school, due to the closure resulting from the rapid spread of the coronavirus. With parents facing lost jobs and wages, many of these children go hungry,” He wrote in the letter to Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, according to USA Today. .
“While strengthening SNAP will not alleviate all the challenges that low-income families face during the public health emergency, it will help ensure that fewer children go to bed hungry in our country,” she said.