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What is that on your jacket?

If you wear a safety pin and someone asks you that question, be prepared with the message

Kris LaGrange's picture
Nov 17, 2016

We have had the unfortunate task of reporting what is happening around the country with the mainstreaming of Trump's 'Merica. Muslim women in stores having their head dresses ripped off, acts of violence against people of color, school children telling little black girls to get to the back of the bus and swastikas are being spray painted almost everywhere. It sucks and it may only get worse. Some people I know are still dealing with post-election depression, but we all must move on and dig in because the next 4 years are going to be tough. Regardless, there are acts of unity worth reporting, and the task is so simple anyone, anywhere can do it. What is it? Simply wear a safety pin. The New York Times reported it last week and gave several angles and examples of why people are wearing them, the criticisms, the justifications, etc. It's a short read, we posted it up for you but here is why I wear a safety pin. It reminds me of how much work we have to do as a union movement to keep America great, not make it great. It reminds me that not all union members pulled the red lever for their own demise. If 43% of union members voted for Trump, then 57% didn't. Wearing this pin may help me make a new ally. Like most of you, I am comfortable in my own skin. I have Republican buddies, but I don't let their stupidity get to me. I don't need to wear a safety pin to let people know I am not a racist. We all possess some form of prejudice, we are human and it is in our nature. I just wear it to let others know that they are not alone; others meaning women, minorities, gays and true unionist.  The media is going to constantly deliver bad news from DC, and maybe those safety pins on my jacket that I have not removed since November 2016 will get recognized in the future by someone who did the wrong thing at the ballot box. The pin may in some divine way shame them into submission, remind them of the great mistake they made and turn them around. Who knows, all of us wearing safety pins may encourage the weakest links in our ranks to become overall better Americans and union members. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one.

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