The idea of wearing safety pins to show solidarity was a grassroots movement that started overseas in the wake of the Brexit vote.
Months later, many Americans are now reeling with similar shock, grief and disappointment following the outcome of our latest election. Many people feel more vulnerable about our future than ever before. I understand the fear, the anger, and the anxiety; I’m feeling it too. But I’m really tired from being really scared. I also believe that giving into anger is going the way of the very reasons we feel so hopeless right now.
Let’s stop fighting and creating further division and fear. We are so much more powerful to create the change I think we all want to see if we bind together against whatever events are to come.
I want to be clear that I did not “invent” the idea of safety pins as a show of solidarity. That credit belongs to a Twitter user named Allison, according to an article by Good. (I’ve reached out to her to try to hear her story directly, and if I do get a response from her will certainly report on it here).
The bottom line is that I think it’s brilliant idea. When I read the Good piece, I immediately got teary eyed. For the first time in days, I felt hopeful. We can use our voices in a way that is powerful but peaceful. Because of that, I want to help spread word about the safety pins movement.
A life coach I follow on social media named Elli Richter once posted this tip and it’s stuck with me. I’m paraphrasing, but her advice to any struggling to identify their passion in life is to start with what makes you angry.
Let’s shift our energy away from angry fighting about our political beliefs on social media and into positive action. Regardless of your political opinions or who you voted for, we are people first and foremost. People have their own reasons for how they voted, and that’s their right as citizens. But this is where we are. We need to stop pointing blame and start preparing for what is likely going to be a really rough ride through uncharted territory, regardless of where we eventually land.
Let’s bind together to protect our present reality, and whatever the future holds. We are not alone, we are not powerless, and we are not without a voice. If you’re feeling scared, vulnerable, anxious or threatened, wear a safety pin to indicate that you are a safe place and support system for anyone feeling the same.
If you want to share your positive story about the outcome of wearing a safety pin or why you are compelled to do so, I’d love to publish it here. (I will immediately delete any hateful comments or stories expressing as much). I’ve just established a WeAr Safety Pins Facebook page to help spread the word, too. Please share it with others you if you are so inclined.
Let’s bind together: This is not about politics. It’s about people.