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Why People Are Wearing Safety Pins After the Election

Nov. 11, 2016

'I will stand for your right to be who you are'

After the Brexit vote was called, U.K. citizens feared the xenophobic rhetoric echoing across their country. In a silent, peaceful protest, they began to wear safety pins on their clothing. Now, Americans in a similar position are following their lead.

“So I have an idea similar to #ridewithme to help protect those [b]eing abused as result of Brexit referendum – but I need your help,” a UK Twitter user suggested in June, Mashable reports. “I quite like the idea of just putting a safety pin, empty of anything else, on your coat. A literal SAFETY pin!”

And now Americans have resolved to do the same as an effort to stand in solidarity with immigrants and oppressed groups. “Tell anyone afraid in Trump’s new America they don’t stand alone,” one Twitter user posted, encouraging followers to wear safety pins. “I am an ally. I will stand for your right to be who you are. I am safe,” another wrote.

 

Read more about the effort at Good.is.