Freeholders Pledge to Stand Up for Others
Somerset County Freeholder Deputy Director Patricia L. Walsh led her colleagues in taking the “Pledge to Stand Up for the Other” at a recent freeholders’ meeting.
“I encourage other groups to take the pledge and begin the dialogue about bigotry and racism,” she said.
The request for the freeholders to take the pledge came from Dr. Ali Chaudry, a former Bernards mayor and co-founder of the New Jersey Interfaith Coalition. Audience members at the meeting also joined in.
The pledge states:
“While interacting with members of my own faith or ethnic or gender community or 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.”
The Somerset County Board of Freeholders is only the second in New Jersey to take the pledge, according to Dr. Chaudry. Click here for more information about the pledge.
Freeholder Deputy Director Pat Walsh leads her freeholder colleagues in reciting the “Pledge to Stand Up for the Other.”
Members of the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders with Dr. Ali Chaudry, who presented the request for the freeholders to take the pledge. Left to right are Freeholder Shanel Y. Robinson, Freeholder Director Brian D. Levine, Dr. Chaudry, Freeholder Deputy Director Patricia L. Walsh, Freeholder Brian G. Gallagher and Freeholder Sara Sooy.