Employee resource groups embrace symbolic safety pins

By Ellen Cooke

safety pinEmployee resource groups (ERGs) across our company have joined the grassroots safety pin campaign effort underway across the United States. Americans are wearing safety pins as a symbol of solidarity with victims of racism, homophobia and religious discrimination. Since early November, the Southern Poverty Law Center has reported more than 700 incidents of hateful harassment. This humanitarian movement is just one small way to show support for minority groups. 

“National Grid has always fostered an inclusive and diverse workplace culture,” says Paul Cantello, Co-Chair of PRIDE USA. “We stand united with our employees and our customers. The safety pin means that I will stand up for anyone being treated unfairly.”

The safety pin trend began in the United Kingdom, where the British started wearing safety pins after the country’s vote to leave the European Union in June. Post-Brexit, as the vote was called, the country witnessed a spike in anti-immigrant attacks. Safety pins were worn to show a stance against bigotry and hate.

You can get safety pins at several National Grid sites, including:

BuffaloMiguel Santos (Dewey building #2)
Hicksville, Long IslandEllen Cooke (room on right off main lobby, Main Office Building, Desk 1W.040) and Jackie Vando (Ops 3, MOB, Desk 2N.012)
Melrose Street, ProvidenceDilena Diaz (2nd floor, Business Services – desk faces door to stairs)
MetroTech Center, BrooklynPaul Cantello (13W.041) and Narcisa Macias (13E.062)
Reservoir Woods, WalthamJohn Rondeau (E3.654A), Jenny Saenz (W3.058) and Julianny Gomez (second floor, West Wing, W2.092)
SOC, SyracuseKatie Fowler (C3.W69)
Staten Island, NYCMartin Sobers (Service Center, Field Operations Office)
Worcester, MA  Sarah DiGeronimo (939 Southbridge Street)

Our ERGs hope you’ll join them in this meaningful campaign. If you do, please send the message and your photo out over social media, tagging @nationalgridus and with #NGPride and/or #safetypins hashtags. Sample tweets: “I’m standing up, with National Grid, against discrimination of any kind” “Proud to wear a safety pin for inclusion & diversity” “I will stand up for anyone being treated unfairly”

Alliance of Black Professionals (ABP) Allianceofblackprofessionals@nationalgrid.com

Asian Leadership Association (ALA) ContactALA@nationalgrid.com

Enabling Disability Confidence Enablingdisabilityconfidence@nationalgrid.com

Hispanic Professional Association Hispanicprofassoc@nationalgrid.com

Native American Indian (NAI) Nativeamericanindian@nationalgrid.com

Newnet Newnet@nationalgrid.com

PRIDEUSA PrideUS@nationalgrid.com

women in networks (WiN) USWomenn@nationalgrid.com

Women in Non-traditional Roles (WiNTR) WiNTR@nationalgrid.com

VETERANS Veteransresourcegroup@nationalgrid.com

Work & Life Matters WorkandLifeMatters@nationalgrid.com

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Joyce Silvia

Kudos to our ERGs and National Grid for championing this effort. I would be proud to wear a safety pin to show my support for inclusion and diversity in our workplace.

Abeni Kendrick

What an awesome initiative! I’m so proud that National Grid and our ERG’s are promoting and backing such a powerful movement.


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