FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ -  The Pledge -While interacting with members of my own faith, or 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 speak up to challenge bigotry in any form.

This Pledge was created by Dr. Ali Chaudry in march 2015, launched on November 1st, 2015 at the New Jersey State Museum, in Trenton, NJ. and the second annual rally was held on Nov 1, 2016 at the Douglas Student Center in partnership with New Rutgers University, Brunswick. 

Here is a link to the story in The Daily Targum, the Rutgers Student newspaper.

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All New Jersey State Senators took the Pledge on Monday, December 19, 2016 at the State House in Trenton. See below links to videos from this historic event. 

Here is a link to the NJ State Senators taking the pledge led by Senators Lesniak and Greenstein along with the creator of the Pledge, Dr. Ali Chaudry.

Here is a link to the comments regarding the pledge on the floor of the NJ Assembly on Monday, December 19, 2016. You can find the Assembly session's reference to the pledge at NJ Assembly. Click on Dec. 19 and then"View" (to the right). Speaker Prieto, Assemblyman Zwicker and Assemblyman Bramnick speak from the 7:32 minute mark to 10:25.

The newly formed New Jersey Interfaith Coalition has adopted this Pledge as one of its main projects and plans to bring it to all schools and other organizations working on anti-bullying programs.

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