Pins to Represent Solidarity in England

A campaign has been launched in England for people to wear safety pins to show that they are “safe” allies to immigrants or anyone else facing hatred, racism, and bigotry.  Hate crimes have dramatically increased in Britain as well as in the U.S., and here is one small way for people to stand up for kindness, respect, and good will.  It is a signal that shows people facing hate crimes that they’re not alone, that there are people willing to stand up for them and be there for them.

 

Britons are being urged to wear safety pins in public so that any potential victims of racist abuse can turn to them for help or support in the street.  The pin announces that you are a safe person to sit next to on a bus, walk next to on a street, even have a conversation with.  Thousands have shared photos of themselves and their families wearing safety pins in solidarity with those being victimized in their community.

 

How about such a campaign in American communities!

 

Good News Counts,

 

Marty

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Israel and Iran - We LOVE you

"We LOVE you".  What beautiful words between two countries that are "supposed" to be enemies.  Ronny Edry, an Israeli graphics designer, knew that something needed to be done quickly before blows were thrown between Iran and Israel.

"If we don't act now then it's too late forever", Edry stated.

Day to day, Ronny creates graphics and posts them online.  He usually gets one or two "likes", but most of the time people are indifferent about his posts.  This day was different though.  He posted the poster that you see above with him and his child stating "IRANIANS, we will never bomb your country. We LOVE you".

This poster started going viral.  He was getting positive feedback from Israelis AND Iranians.  One Facebook individual in Iran posted "I applaud your art. It's so peaceful…. Most people here feel no hatred toward Israel and of course Israelis…We have cultural and historical links.  We can and obviously 'must' keep this connection. I hope that no Iranian missile cause any harm to Israelis and further, no Israeli armament take any Iranian lives".

Individuals were writing tearful posts because they were so moved.  "I asked my wife to come [to see the positive emotional comments].  She came and read the text and started to cry [happy tears].  Everyone is crying now [laughs]" .

People started sending in their own pictures to ask Ronny make it into a poster with the same beautiful words. He started getting hundreds of requests. Many Iranians started sending their own posters in reply. 

An Israeli and Iranian kissing. One of the many replies to Ronny's poster



"It's Israelis and Iranians sending the same message one to each other." Ronny exclaimed!