Tomorrow is International Peace Day! Poets Amy Ludwig VanDerwater and Margarita Engle have created a Peace Padlet that will go live tomorrow with all sorts of links to wonderful peace-related projects. Be sure to visit and follow the UN hashtag #peaceday!
I don’t talk about politics here, but I have been wanting some physical sign I could wear to tell people where I stand. When I walk past a person of color or a gay couple or anyone who is unlike me in some way, I feel this sudden and ridiculous urge to say, “I didn’t vote for him. I don’t support white supremacists. I try to only form an opinion about you based on your actions, not on your skin color, age, religion, gender identity, or anything else.”
It’s not too practical to rant at everyone I see, so I wanted something visual. I had worn a safety pin for a long time around the election as a sign of support for people who might be subjected to increased bullying or discrimination. And I liked it, but lots of people I met didn’t know about the safety pin symbol.
So I decided to do a mash-up of safety pin and peace symbol.
I’m hoping these will speak for me. If you’d like one to speak for you, you can enter the giveaway below! I’ll be giving away two pins.