Talking Back to Hate

“I pledge to be a voice for respect and acceptance, and to take action with others in my school, workplace, home, community, or place of worship to create a more safe, accepting and inclusive environment. I will stay alert to all forms of hate speech and discrimination in my area and take steps to prevent and discourage these acts of hate. As part of my pledge, I commit to pay attention to my speech on a daily basis and to reflect on how my thoughts and words affect my actions and interactions with others.”

This video was done in partnership with the World Sikh Organization and the United Religions Initiative. The following project description comes from the “URI – Talking Back to Hate” website.

Hate speech, discrimination and bullying are global problems that can affect any of us.

As people of many cultures, faiths and backgrounds, we’re committing today to take specific steps to address hate and discrimination in our communities, and to work for a world where every person, regardless of their ethnicity, race, religion, culture, gender, orientation or ability, is treated with respect and is safe to be themselves. We call upon our political and community leaders to make new efforts to secure and defend these fundamental human rights for all people, and to speak out together against acts of hate, discrimination and bullying.

Each of us commits to find specific ways to act on these values of tolerance and respect in our daily lives.

Each of us also commits to take action with a particular emphasis on September 21st, 2013, the UN International Day of Peace, to counter hate, bullying and discrimination, and to encourage positive speech and respectful dialogue in our communities.

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