The safety-pin-as-symbol trend was launched in June 2016, by a woman named Allison... an American living in the UK. She proposed the idea via a tweet on her Twitter account
Here are the tweets that started it all:
I'd like to come up with something that can be made by anybody anywhere to pin on their jacket or coat to signify that they are an ally.
I quite like the idea of just putting a safety pin, empty of anything else, on your coat. A literal SAFETY pin! ( miss pommery 1926 (@cheeahs) June 26, 2016)
Her recent tweets encourage new adopters to honor the pledge that comes with the symbol
#safetypin is a promise to advocate. don't you dare break it.
(UPDATE -- sadly, the account seems to have been deactivated)
More press on the Safety Pin symbol...
There is even a Star Wars connection now...
Elise Gravel http://elisegravel.com/en
Alina Chau http://alinachau.com/
More kids lit safety art images on this link:http://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=13439
This link has list of 13 kids books with the theme of Empathy: https://tinybop.com/blog/13-books-to-spark-conversations-about-empathy
The Safety Pin as solidarity traces back to Brexit... and the search for calm, low-key ways to show strong support for those who feel they are at risk.
There has confusion about the symbol... and attempts to co-opt it... Issues that are well addressed in this blog post: https://danceswithfat.wordpress.com/2016/11/13/should-you-wear-a-safety-pin-say-something-sunday/ Here's an excerpt:
A safety pin is just part of a larger conversation we are all part of. If you are wondering why someone is wearing a safety pin... ask.
A safety pin has become a symbol -- for community, tolerance, and support.
If you need one ... I have placed a container of them at the entrance of the SNB Torrance store. They are FREE!