1870 and pencil pins explained

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President Joe Biden delivered his second State of the Union address on Tuesday. Legislators used pins displayed on their attire to highlight issues important to them. Here’s what some of the pins worn at the United States Capitol mean. Something is loading.

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On Tuesday, Biden delivered his second State of the Union address to a rowdy, divided crowd of members of Congress. Lawmakers showed up for the speech donning various pins on their lapels, blouses and dresses.

Two pins — one that reads “1870” in white text above a round black pin and various colored crayon-shaped pins with the Crayola logo — caught the eye. Here’s what they mean.

1870 Pine Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., conducts a television interview ahead of President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc

The 1870 pen was sported by lawmakers, primarily the Congressional Black Caucus and other Democrats, as part of a campaign for police reform, according to USA Today. The year refers to the first recorded murder by police of a free, unarmed black man in Philadelphia, reported.

“I mourn every life that has been stolen from us, but I am tired of grieving. Grieving alone will not bring us closer to justice,” Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman said in a video on Twitter, adding calls for police reform. . Watson Coleman handed out 30 pins to lawmakers, according to The Washington Post.

“153 years after the murder of Henry Truman, the black community is still waiting for justice,” Rep. Watson Coleman said. “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 Pin A legislator wears a pin from a white Crayola Crayon during the State of the Union address in the Chamber of the United States Capitol in Washington, DC on February 7, 2023. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Pictures

“Members and advocates also wore ‘Crayons for Kids’ crayons pinned to their outfits to draw attention to the childcare crisis – and spark a conversation about why childcare must continue. to be a priority of this Congress,” according to a statement from Senator Patty. Murray’s website.

Murray is a champion of affordable child care and led an effort to distribute the pins, according to CBS News. The senses. Elizabeth Warren, Mazie Hirono, Suzanne Bonamici and Jack Reed wore the pins.

Various other pins have also been spotted

According to The Hill, several other pins were paraded throughout the ceremony: Rep. Maxwell Frost wore a March For Our Lives pin calling for gun violence and a “hot stripes” pin, which Rep. Dan Goldman also displayed, for shine a light on the urgent need for climate action.

—David Hogg ☮️ (@davidhogg111) February 8, 2023

Senator Ed Markey wore an abortion rights pin.

—Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) February 8, 2023

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