What:         A coalition of Rutgers University chaplains and New Jersey faith communities and ethnic groups will hold a unity rally to deliver a simple message: “If any of our communities are under attack, we will stand up for each other.”

When:        Tuesday, November 1, 2016; 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

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Where:       Rutgers University, Douglass Student Center, NJC Lounge, 100 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Who:          Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Christopher Porrino, NJ Attorney General

Featured Speakers include:

  • The Honorable Linda Greenstein, State Senator, LD-14
  • The Honorable Ray Lesniak, State Senator, LD-20
  • Steve Gutkin, Deputy Director, NJ Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness
  • Barbara Lee, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Rutgers University

Faith and Civic Leaders from:  Rutgers Hillel, Center for Islamic Life at Rutgers, Rutgers Shalom/Salaam, New Jersey State Association of Jewish Federations, NJ Interfaith Coalition, NJ Anti-Defamation League, Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought, Jewish Catholic Muslim Dialogue of Southern New Jersey

Other dignitaries and elected officials, invited.

Background:  As follow up to the 2015 launch of a series of rallies in cities world-wide to declare “We Refuse to Be Enemies,” the effort is moving in 2016 to the college campus.  Together with university students and officials, members of diverse faith communities are gathering to stand together.  As popular discourse has coarsened and bigotry and demonization of individuals based on their religion, ethnicity, race, or gender identity has increased, this rally will mark the solidarity of people of conscience everywhere.  

The “Stand Up for the Other” rally is being convened by Rutgers Hillel and other chaplaincy and student organizations on campus and the New Jersey Interfaith Coalition with more than120 co-sponsoring organizations from across the state.

Rally participants will call on college students and faith leaders as well as public officials and candidates for political office not to engage in speech that denigrates any religious, ethnic or gender community and for all people of conscience to take the pledge to stamp out bigotry.


Rabbi Esther Reed (rabbireed@rutgershillel.org; 732-545-2407)

M. Ali Chaudry, Ph.D. (mchaudry@gmail.com; 908-672-1798)

Jacob Toporek (jtoporek@stateassn.org; 908-889-1880)

Chaplain Kaiser Aslam (chaplain@cilru.org; 630-956-4880)