Sept. 22, 2018
The Leadership Committee of Directors, Managers, and County Co-Chairs, and the 18,000+ statewide members of Action Together New Jersey (ATNJ) stand in solidarity with our State’s Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, our Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver, our African American brothers and sisters, members of the LGBTQ+ community, our Southeast Asian friends and all marginalized communities throughout the great state of New Jersey and across this country. Together we condemn any and all hateful, racist comments made by the Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino. Comments like these are based in fear and ignorance, they perpetuate stigma against all marginalized groups, they normalize racism, bigotry and other forms of prejudice such as misogyny and homophobia, and maintain white supremacy in a state that is lauded for its rich diversity.
Words matter. Children, and the community at large, look to those in positions of authority for leadership and guidance. We cannot excuse the flippant use of derogatory terms, racist comments, and hateful rhetoric from any individual in this state.
We support Sheriff Saudino’s resignation and further support Senator Loretta Weinberg’s call to expel Michael Saudino from the State’s Democratic party. Saudino does not represent Democrats or Democratic ideals and values such as equality.
ATNJ believes in equality, inclusiveness, and respect for all members of society regardless of age, gender, gender identity, sexuality, race, creed, religion, ability or disability, military association or status, socio-economic background, felony record, country of origin or immigration status. All humans are deserving of dignity and respect regardless of our differences.
Action Together New Jersey
Rachel Green, Civil Rights Director
Moira Nelson, Director of Drug Policy Reform
Uyen “Winn” Khuong, Executive Director