President Joe Biden delivered his second State of the Union address on Tuesday.
Lawmakers have used pins displayed on their clothing to highlight issues important to them.
Here’s what a pair of pins worn at the United States Capitol mean.
On Tuesday, Biden delivered his second State of the Union address to a raucous and divided crowd of congressmen. Lawmakers showed up to the speech wearing various pins on their lapels, blouses and dresses.
Two pins, one that read “1870” in white text above a round black pin and several crayon-colored pins with the Crayola logo, caught the eye. Here’s what they mean.
Stud from 1870
The 1870 quill has been sported by lawmakers, primarily the Congressional Black Caucus and other Democrats, in a push for police reform, according to USA Today. The year refers to the first recorded police killing of a free, unarmed black man in Philadelphia, Bloomberg reported.
“I mourn every single life that has been stolen from us, but I’ve grown tired of mourning. Grief alone will not bring us any closer to justice,” Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman said in a video on Twitter, adding calls for law reform. police . Watson Coleman handed out 30 push pins to lawmakers, according to The Washington Post.
“153 years after the murder of Henry Truman, the black community is still waiting for justice,” said Rep. Watson Coleman. “Tragedies like the murder of Tire Nichols last month have become an all too common occurrence in this country. From Bobby Hall to Breonna Taylor, this repetition of history has torn countless Black families apart.”
Crayola Crayon Pins
“Members and supporters also wore ‘Crayons for Kids’ crayons pinned to their clothing to call attention to the childcare crisis and spark conversation about why childcare must continue to be a priority in this Congress,” according to a statement on Sen. Patty Murray’s website.
Murray is an advocate for affordable childcare and has led an effort to distribute the pins, according to CBS News. Sens Elizabeth Warren, Mazie Hirono, Suzanne Bonamici and Jack Reed wore the pins.
Various other pins have also been identified
For The Hill, several more pins were paraded during the ceremony: Rep. Maxwell Frost wore a March For Our Lives pin evoking gun violence and a “heat strips” pin, which Rep. Dan Goldman also sported, to shed light on the urgent need for climate action.
Senator Ed Markey wore a lapel pin in support of abortion rights.
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