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Safety Pin Solidarity

By Nancy Walkup, posted on Nov 13, 2016

Following the vote for Brexit, the EU referendum, in England, a safety pin campaign was launched encouraging the British pubic to wear them to show solidarity with immigrants. People are wearing them in public so that potential victims of abuse can turn to them for help or support.

Karen Barberie Hallion
I was touched to see that Peter H. Reynolds, author and illustrator of the beloved children's book, The Dot, had posted several images in support of this idea.

This same idea has taken hold in the United States after Trump's election. People are wearing safety pins to show their support for marginalized groups after the election. In the simplest terms, the safety pin is a visual symbol of: "You are safe with me. I stand beside you."

This is the best graphic design I've found so far.



I found these images online, perhaps originally created with different meanings, but it seems like the idea could be adapted.

Art teachers, if you come up with some more ideas about how to share kindness and condemn bullying, please let me know and I'll share them in this post. I believe many schools have anti-bullying campaigns that could be addressed through these efforts.
You can find directions for making jewelry from safety pins here.
There is a Facebook page you can join called Safety Pin Solidarity.