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This Is No Time For Silence

Today we celebrate the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Unfortunately, nearly 50 years after his death, there are still those that seek not to strengthen communities through unity, but to divide them through hate, anger and fear.

This intolerance in Bayonne is disappointing, and not reflective of the community we have been proud to work in for the past several years. We are glad to see many, led by students, standing up and making their voices heard.

Diversity is one of Bayonne’s great strengths, and we agree with Mayor Davismlk that “whether it’s skin color, religious beliefs, political ideology or anything else that makes us different, much more important is our shared desire for stronger communities that unites us.”

Dr King taught us that “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends,” and with this in mind we are hopeful that Bayonne residents will stand up, not necessarily in support of the project being considered, but against those whose opposition to it is rooted in bigotry and prejudice.

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