Have you noticed a number of social-media photos showing people displaying safety pins on their clothing? The pins aren't holding together a rip, they're making a statement, and even Star Trek captain Patrick Stewart has beamed aboard.
The trend doesn't have to do with fashion, but plays off the "safety" part of the item's name to indicate that the person wearing the pin is a safe person for those who might feel in danger, whether that's due to their religion, nationality or other status.
The idea being that anyone against the sort of nationalistic, racist violence we've been seeing could identify themselves as a "safe" ally.— miss pommery 1926 (@cheeahs) June 26, 2016
A safe person to sit next to on a bus, walk next to on a street, even have a conversation with.— miss pommery 1926 (@cheeahs) June 26, 2016
I quite like the idea of just putting a safety pin, empty of anything else, on your coat. A literal SAFETY pin!— miss pommery 1926 (@cheeahs) June 26, 2016
Not everyone sees the pin as a useful statement.