Nov 11, 2016

The Safety Pinnners - Standing for Equality and Unity #illstandwithyou

Four a.m. on Wednesday I woke in the middle of the night and checked the election results and cried. Not because Republicans won, but because Donald Trump won.  A man who has represented hate, biogtry, racism, sexism and on and on.  I thought to myself, I hope I am wrong.  Please let me be wrong. I comforted myself with the hope that it was all just a big show, he only said those things to get people fired up, get their votes.

Yesterday my hopes were crumbled with the appointment of Kris Kobach and rumored appointment of Ken Blackwell.  Two choices that are clearly not on the side of equal rights.
Daily Kos stated that Kris Kobach was the architect of the most racist law in modern American history.  Kris Kobach has been quoted as saying: “I’ve come to the point of view that for European-American society and culture to persist requires a European-American majority, and a clear one at that.”

From the article on
Ken Blackwell is a Senior Fellow at the Family Research Council (FRC), which was named a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. He also serves on the board of directors of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. In addition to supporting measures to ban marriage equality, he believes being LGBTQ is a choice, saying, “The reality is, again…that I think we make choices all the time. And I think you make good choices and bad choices in terms of lifestyle. Our expectation is that one’s genetic makeup might make one more inclined to be an arsonist or might make one more inclined to be a kleptomaniac. Do I think that they can be changed? Yes.”
As the day progressed, I see evidence of people who are emboldened by their President Elect.  And maybe I am wrong, maybe he doesn't feel this way, but regardless, other people feel he supports their biased view.  My friend posted an image of a hate message aimed at a gay friend of his, a local school is in the news because children were chanting "Build the Wall", a black friend of mine was pulled over by the cops for texting, even though she wasn't on the phone and ticketed and told "get used to it, this is the new America."

I'm ready to stand up and yell from the rooftops, I support you!

Then this article popped into my feed: and I was inspired.

And now I ask you to be inspired too:
A small way to show solidarity after Donald Trump’s presidential win, inspired by Brexit
Let's show everyone we stand behind fair treatment and respect of everyone.
Wear a safety pin on your clothing to signify solidarity, support, and offer safety to one another. Take a selfie, share it across your social media and use the hashtag #illstandwithyou to spread awareness.

And even if you wholeheartedly disagree that Trump has anything to do with this.  You can still stand up for equality and fair treatment of everyone.  You can even wear a pin, and I will know, we will all know you are an ally, regardless of the politics.

Feel free to join our group and our cause:

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