Dozens of local fathers joined forces with community leaders at City Hall in Rochester on Saturday. 

It was for the fifth annual National Father’s Day Pledge. The commitment encourages boys and girls of all ages to end the cycle of violence in our homes, schools and neighborhoods. 

Senator Joe Robach said it’s about more than just taking a pledge.  

“We have to be realistic. We’ve made law after law against domestic violence, increased penalties for violence with guns and other things. Now we want to show people time and time again from people of all across a wide demographic that there are leaders in this community,” said Robach. 

You can contribute to the conversation about the pledge by engaging in these hashtags on social media:

#Committed2Change – Why are you committed to change? What role do you play in ending violence?
#ILiftUp – Which men – fathers and father figures – do you choose to lift up and why?
#WhyIPledge – Why you are planning to pledge against violence?