ELIZABETH, NJ-Union County is the first in New Jersey to take the “Stand Up for the Other” pledge. The pledge calls people to action and to challenge bigotry in all its forms.

Union County Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen and the Freeholder Board announced that they welcomed Dr. Mohammad Ali Chaudry of the New Jersey Interfaith Coalition to share the "Stand Up for the Other" pledge. Chaudry initiated the pledge during the Freeholders meeting in Elizabeth.

Chaudry is a co-founder of the statewide inter-faith coalition of more than 120 Muslim and non-Muslim organizations working on building understanding among all communities and to stand up for each other.

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“The question was whether interfaith dialogs and related work was making a difference. What is our responsibility as faith leaders when violence rips apart communities? Are we succeeding in achieving our goals of creating harmony among our diverse communities?” a spokesperson for the Stand Up Pledge team said.

For more information about the pledge visit www.standupfortheother.org

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