The Safety pin movement began in the UK as a way for people to demonstrate solidarity with those in the immigrant community. It was a way to signal to anyone being threatened or who might feel threatened that you are a person they can turn to for support.
You are encouraged to make a basket of safety pins available during coffee hour. Click on the link below to print out the statement explaining what this movement is all about.
Statement download HERE
Additional Resource: What to do if you are witnessing Islamophobic Harassment
Source: The Middle Eastern Feminist Click HERE
- Engage conversation. Go to them, sit beside them and say hello. Try to appear calm, collected and welcoming. Ignore the attacker (this is, again, very important). (the bystander goes to the veiled lady and says: “hi, how are you?”)
- Pick a random subject and start discussing it. It can be anything: a movie you liked, the weather, saying you like something they wear and asking where they got it… ( in the illustration attached to this step, the attacker has a big “IGNORED” marked on his body – the bystander talks about the weather, and a movie her sister told her about)
- Keep building the safe space. Keep eye contact with them and don’t acknowledge the attacker’s presence: the absence of response from you two will push them to leave the area shortly. (in the illustration attached to this step, the attacker has a big “IRRELEVANT” marked on his body and leaves the area angrily – while the two protagonists chat.)
- Continue the conversation until the attacker leaves, & escort them to a safe place if necessary. Bring them to a neutral area where they can recollect themselves; respect their wishes if they tell you they’re ok and just want to go. (here the bystander lightly holds the veiled woman by the shoulders as a way to show support)]