Celebrities often have causes that they stand up for. Many even have three or four issues they support, speak out on, and help draw attention to. But, some celebrities do more than just that — they immerse themselves in the issues they believe in, and do whatever they can to make a change. These 10 celebrities have founded powerful organizations, fought the political powers that be, and selflessly donated their time and money.
1. George Clooney
Clooney’s activism actually led to his arrest during a protest in 2012. His mission? To draw attention to the humanitarian crisis affecting hundreds of thousands of people in Darfur. In 2006, Clooney and his father, Nick, smuggled cameras into Darfur refugee camps to document the horrific things happening. He also started a non-profit, Not on Our Watch, with Brad Pitt and Matt Damon, and continued to return to Sudan to further draw attention to the crisis. According to Time, in a 2010 interview, Clooney said, “I’ve been honored to be able to lend my celebrity to help wherever I can, especially on behalf of the United Nations, but in the case of Darfur it’s been the greatest failure of my life.” Clooney persisted, and in March 2012 he participated in a protest in front of the Sudanese embassy in Washington D.C., an act that led to his and his 78-year-old father’s arrest. The two were released later that day and fined $100. One thing’s for sure — Clooney’s arrest certainly helped bring more attention to the issue.