ECHO PARK — Melissa Newman and partner Salvador Avila spent Sunday walking through Echo Park and Silver Lake, handing out the new symbol of solidarity – safety pins – popular among those concerned about the election of Donald Trump as president.
After Newman and Avila purchased more than 300 safety pins and a blue box at the Echo Park Walgreens, they hit the streets to distribute the pins and offer support. “Women, gays and lesbians, and Latinos seemed the most eager to talk about the fear they have felt since Trump got elected,” Newman said in an email.
The wearing of the safety pin to express solidarity with those groups — including minorities, immigrants and women — who have felt vulnerable began in Britain following the Brexit vote. Newman and Avila wanted to help spread the Safety Pin Movement in their own backyard.
“We walked up Sunset, spent some time in Stories Books (where the owners also now have ten huge boxes of safety pins to hand out) and by the Micheltorena stairway,” she said. “We placed them on the stairs for while and ended our four mile hike at Fix Coffee in Echo Park, where the owners eagerly handed out the rest to happy customers. Made me feel proud to live in Echo Park.”
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