Wednesday, 29 June 2016

You might like to wear a safety pin

A new campaign asking people to wear an empty safety pin as a badge to symbolise solidarity against racism - and let any potential targets know that the wearer is a friendly face. The idea was to find something that could be worn by anyone anywhere, to pin on their jacket or coat to signify that they are an ally.

The literal 'safety' pin is inspired by the 'I'll ride with you' campaign against Islamophobia in Australia following the Sydney cafe shootings in 2014.

Hundreds of people have gotten on board with #safetypin so far – but raising awareness is key.
Community centres such as mosques have been contacted to let them know about the plan and there’s a move to get some big names to help – so far, Nadiya Hussein of the Great British Bake Off has provided a signal post with a retweet to her 95,000 followers.
"Thousands of people who voted both ways have been horrified by this," she said. "Regular people need to know that they can do something small about it."

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