With fears running high among Latinos, Muslims, women and other groups in the wake of Donald Trump’s election, South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wassermann Schultz and three of her Democratic colleagues want to be proactive in telling those groups that they’re thinking of them, and will be wearing safety pins on the floor of congress as a symbolic gesture, and are encouraging their congressional colleagues to follow suit.

“In the wake of the legitimate fear that has been instilled in the hearts of too many of our fellow Americans, a symbol of safety, unity, and love has been advanced by wearing a safety pin on your lapel,” reads the letter, co-authored by Wasserman Schultz, Indiana’s Andre Carson, Texas’ Joaquin Castor and Pennsylvania’s Brendan Boyle to the Democratic caucus.

“We invite you and your staff to join us in fastening a safety pin to your clothing this week, as a demonstration that we stand for safety, healing and unity against bigotry, anti-Semitism, homophobia, and misogyny,” the letter continues. “Let’s go high by sending a message that we are a safe haven, a refuge, and a bulwark against hate.”

The lawmakers say they’ll be sending a strong message to those in fear that “regardless of which political majority wins an election, the American majority stands against those who wish to divide us. Let us all stand in solidarity with those whose differences are what make our nation truly great.”

More than 20 other Democrats say they’ll be wearing safety pins, according to Wasserman Schultz spokesman.


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