One New Jersey. One America.

We are living in troubled times. It’s our responsibility to make them less troubling. I am a member of Stand Up For The Other an organization with members of every faith who pledge to Stand Up For The Other. We have taken this pledge in cities across the globe. I recently lead the Pledge taken in the New Jersey Senate.

Pledge to Stand Up for the Other

Background

Racial bigotry, religious persecution, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia or any other form of hatred cannot be wiped out unless each and every one of us confronts it within ourselves, our own circles of family, friends and others that we interact with. Silence is seen as consent. It takes courage to stand up for the other. It is important to prevent bigoted speech coming from public officials, but it is even more critical to focus on our own individual responsibility to prevent bigotry we may see around us. By taking this pledge, each one us can make a profound difference in the world.

The Pledge

While interacting with members of my own faith, ethnic, or gender community, or with others, if I hear hateful comments from anyone about members of any other community, I pledge to stand up for the other and challenge bigotry in any form.