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Define the word "Upstander"

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This past year, the words “selfie,” “twerk,” and “badassery” made their way into the English dictionary. While these words have interwoven themselves into everyday speech, there is another far more important word that deserves proper recognition: upstander.

Upstander: A person who chooses to take positive action in the face of injustice in society or in situations where individuals need assistance.

The term upstander has been featured in the vocabulary of human rights activists and organizations worldwide, including former United Nations ambassador Samantha Power and the non-profit Facing History and Ourselves among many.

Now more than ever, the importance of this word needs to be recognized. Bullying exists in entirely new dimensions with the prevalence of social media. The term “bystander,” the antithesis of the upstander movement, is an officially defined word in our dictionaries. What message are we sending to our youth? If we want to make the upstander a reality- if we want our kids to fight against injustice and intolerance- we must define this word. We need to encourage everyone to speak up, stand up, and stop hate by embracing the role of an upstander.

We kindly urge you to support the movement to define upstander. Through officially defining the word upstander, together we can combat prejudice and promote tolerance in our world.



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