ASSEMBLY EDUCATION COMMITTEE

 

STATEMENT TO

 

ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION No. 226

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

DATED:  JUNE 4, 2015

 

      The Assembly Education Committee reports favorably Assembly Resolution No. 226.

      This resolution urges Merriam-Webster, Inc. and the Oxford University Press to include the word upstander in their dictionaries.

      In 2002, Samantha Power, a Pulitzer-Prize winning author, first introduced the word upstander to describe people in her book, A Problem from Hell: America & The Age of Genocide, who defied logic, risked their careers and lives, and spoke up on behalf of distant victims. An upstander is an individual who chooses to take positive action in the face of injustice in society or in situations in which individuals need assistance. An upstander is also a person who stands up to bullying, whether at school, home, work, a house of worship, or out with friends, family, colleagues, or teammates.