Pins that advocate awareness for various social issues all have one thing in common: promoting the value of human life. For reasons most people find difficult to comprehend, modern plagues of war, disease, and violence continue to be rampant in the world due to wickedness and selfishness in the human heart. However, it is clear that something good does come out of all this: suffering has encouraged compassion that move people to action. Even the smallest gestures can make a big difference.
Pins depicting the white awareness ribbons can stand for many things. As white is the universal color for cleanliness, it is fitting that it symbolizes peace—as in, the world is cleansed of strife and suffering. White ones advocate not only peace but also as memorials for victims of terrorism. These are also appropriate for the advocacy of innocence and the right of all humankind to live in peace and happiness.
In western culture, black is the color for mourning. Pins that are black are worn by people who have lost a loved one. These are also worn amongst those whose loved one are in military service but are either missing in action or are currently prisoners of war.
Some people also wear yellow awareness ribbon pins to commemorate their loved ones who are either missing in action or are prisoners of war. In relation to this, these are also worn in support of military troops—honoring the fact that they sacrifice their very lives for the sake of the safety of their loved ones and their country.
Burgundy or Maroon
When a loved one is elderly and in hospice care for terminal conditions, their loved ones may wear a burgundy or maroon pin to signify their love and care. They are handing their elderly loved ones over to medical professionals who can give them the best of comfort while providing their affection and attention in the last days.
Fuchsia or Magenta
Pins worn by pro-life advocates are typically fuchsia or magenta. The vivid colors are eye-catching, making them effective in promoting the ideology that the life of the unborn is just as precious as that of a growing baby. Pro-life advocates also wear these to promote good parenthood and responsible attitudes toward sex and contraception.
The United States of America is a thriving first-world nation yet poverty and discrimination still prevails in Native American communities, especially in the reservations throughout the country. People who advocate the rights of indigenous American people wear turquoise pins to promote better government support for better housing, better health care, and better prevention of substance abuse.
HIV infection and AIDS is commonly attributed to substance abuse as it is commonly spread by sharing infected needles among drug addicts. Heroin and cocaine can be “shot” into the body with syringes, and people are known to reuse needles, which is highly unsanitary and potentially dangerous. People suffering from HIV infection and AIDS may wear their pins to warn other people about the dangers of substance abuse and to encourage people to pursue healthier lifestyles. Pins promoting AIDS awareness can show people that illicit drugs are not the answer to their problems and can elicit HIV infection instead.
Cancer awareness pins are effective ways to show people that a healthy lifestyle can reduce the chances of cancer. Cancers are caused by various forms of human papillomavirus cells that spread in the body. There are many forms of cancer. While there is no cure yet for cancer, there are existing medications and treatments to manage and suppress the disease. People who have survived or are under treatment for cancer may wear cancer awareness pins to share this information to people and to promote better medical research to preserve human life.