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Spielberg donates Genesis Prize money to justice nonprofits

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NEW YORK (AP) – Steven Spielberg said Thursday that his $ 1 million Gen Genesis Award will go to 10 nonprofit organizations working for racial and economic justice. The filmmaker and his wife, actress Kate Capshaw, will donate those $ 1 million.

In February, Spielberg received Israel’s prestigious 2021 Genesis Prize in recognition of his contribution to cinema, his philanthropic work, and his efforts to preserve the memory of the Holocaust.

“America is facing a crisis, ‘it’s our responsibility to act now,'” Spielberg said in a statement, adding that Judaism and Jewish history provide “ethical rules that command us to work for a more just, just world.”

Spielberg will donate to Avodah, the Black Voters Matter, which works for the Jewish organization Dayenu. A Jewish Call to Climate Action, The Jewish Color Initiative, Justice for Migrant Women, The National Alliance of Indigenous Workers, Native American Rights Foundation, One Fair Wage, գործող Religious Action, Reform Judaism Center.

“We admire these organizations for their honesty, their moral imagination, and we call on all those who share this vision to join us so that the work of these non-profit organizations can continue to grow,” Spielberg said in a statement.

Rabbi Day Annie Rosen, Founder Day CEO Day Dayenu, said the group paid tribute to the donation.

“This grant recognizes at the time that climate justice is a Jewish issue, that tackling the climate crisis requires resolving racial and economic injustices,” Rosen said in a statement.

Stan Polovets, co-founder and president of the Gen Ntots Award Foundation, wrote in a statement: “Our democratic foundations are being challenged, and the COVID crisis has exacerbated socio-economic disparities. “Steven Spielberg’s decision to focus his Genesis Prize on the pursuit of racial and economic justice reflects the urgent need for us to act.”

President Biden congratulated Spielberg on the award in a letter issued Thursday.

“Steven, I am inspired by the ways in which your Judaism has made you resist the ugly forces of hatred, intolerance, the healing power of truth and love,” Biden wrote. “This is an untimely struggle, a worthy cause, to which I proudly join you, promising my devotion.”


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