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You could wear a John Brown Did Nothing Wrong shirt.

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I think about that alot

yeah most normies don’t know about fedi at all, but then Most people don’t know what the cat means they’ll just think it’s just a cat, only socialist workers would get it, there are different variations iww or anarchist symbols, like bread or roses, etc. or the picture of some revolutionary who is more obscure than marx/lenin/mao but also generally viewed positively, like a profile of young angela davis. There’s also all kinds of shirts and merchandize with some vague anticapitalist message, so many memes you could stencil onto a shirt

Ccould also be subtle like wearing icons from movies, videogames, anime that are seen as generally left leaning, also obsure factions only lefty nerd will pic up on

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Ccould also be subtle like wearing icons from movies, videogames, anime that are seen as generally left leaning

What your favorite example? Afaik a lot of animes have at least anti racist messages, but online nazi still stan that anime and have some reach about how its racist.

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I am much much more visible than what you are trying to do. But I wear a reproduction oldschool PLA hat (aka Mao hat), and even a hammer and sickle pin on my work uniform (sometimes also a Marx pin). I had a lot of fun with cloth facemasks (got stuff like antifascist action, left unity, hammer and sickle, YPG, pro-Palestine). Even just wearing the hat, I get a pretty good amount of random leftists making a point to get my attention or outright start talking with me.

All of this really doesn’t help you, but it is fun to have those moments and know they know. One that I think would work for you is the anarcho-communist/antifascist/CNT-FAI flag. Most people don’t seem to notice that one unless it has the “Antifascist Action” words. I think some folks that aren’t aware of it might just think it is some kind of nautical thing. The “Three Arrows” might also work, but it does rub some folks the wrong way (given that one of the arrows originally was against communists). But I personally replace its meaning with capitalism given how it isn’t used by any political party in the US and is just seen as another antifascist symbol. Or something ACAB might work, I have seen shirts that have it seem like it stands for “All Cats Are Beautiful”.

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hammer and sickle pin on my work uniform

Wait what? Your work must be unionized, bc ⚒️ means you’re in favor of unions

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We most certainly aren’t union (though I do wish we were, and I do very openly talk pro-worker/anti-capitalist). I would sign a card the second one were to be presented. I have actually been perma-banned from multiple un-official subreddits that are about the company for saying the “forbidden” word. If we were to try and do it, we would need to have multiple locations also be down. As the main fear is about how they “will shut our store down fast as fuck”.

I started with the pins and face-masks during all of the protests in 2020. Just initially figured I’d just keep wearing stuff until someone finally stopped me. But aside from corp banning hats for some reason that literally isn’t related to me (I am for real about that too). I only ever got told I couldn’t wear my mask that said “Antifa” and another that was left unity (mostly because it had an AK).

It would probably surprise you how I haven’t had any customers/clients go out of their way to attack me or even send shit to my bosses (especially given I live in the middle of NC). I even had a guy that I have helped here and there over the past 4 or 5 years and is/was very right-wing be concerned if any of my co-workers have come at me for my openness. He has over time become more apolitical because I have shown him how to better use the internet. Still a very strange guy, but he truly respected how I firmly stand for real-ass working people and that I went waaay above and beyond to work with him when we first met. He was even a big fan of my “Mao hat”, and said it looked good on me. lol. I had one older black couple be super jazzed to see it too. The husband was a Vietnam vet (which I was thinking would go badly when I saw his vet hat), and he just kept going on about how great it looked. His wife also said that it made me give off very proud vibes (kind of like how some folks talk about liking a man in uniform).

We also have a wall in the back of my area that we at some point started putting up stickers we had found laying around. I have covered most of it in leftist shit (including some fuck cops type shit just without profanity). After three different direct bosses and a GM, no one even tries to stop me at this point. Though I am sure if a much higher up person were to see me and the wall, it would be a firm ban on my nonsense. Until then, I openly try to answer good-faith questions other folks have. Which seems to really soften their stance on socialism and see how little they actually know about it (outside of the constant shit being said in our media and from politicians).

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xpost https://lemmy.ca/c/bestofthefediverse

very interesting! Media hypes up the doom scenarios but doesn’t cover people like you. You’ve prob done more leftism than all of lemmy.ml combined! Great work!

Where do i buy leftist swag? How do i find it? Preferably don’t say amazon or ebay :p supporting ebay/amazing for this kind of thing is, you know, lol

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All of this really doesn’t help you,

My rough plan is to ask them if they wanna join me for some praxis and add them to facebook or whatevr afterwards

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great suggestions!

I think the first is pretty innocuous to most. MLK is another one that will bring out only the ppl athat aren’t propagandized to believe the white-washed narrative

tbh if I were you I would just observe people, listen to what they say for some minutes and you will soon realize who can you relate to.

in the other hand, why would you want to wear a symbol (even a discrete one) if that can get you in trouble?

in my opinion, I do prefer to keep my ideas in my brain rather than fashion them in any way and give people nothing to judge me beforehand. not like I care, but I want to be the one to close the doors, not to wear something and get the doors closed in front of me beforehand.

food for thought, sorry for not being so helpful tho.

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Where do you live? I was thinking that I could get a hammer and compass pin from the east german flag. Not a direct hammer and sickle, but discrete and aesthetic enough to raise some eyebrows from the correct people.

This. The DDR flag icon would be a great fit

you could wear a che guevara shirt xD

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I have a reply, but

After all, it is probably important to think before you post, sorry.

makes me think you’re not here in good faith? I checked your profile and not enough posts for me to tell if you wanna chat or if you’re just here to dunk on peeps.

But if you mean your post in good faith, i have a reply :)

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sounds good :)

Wouldn’t it be a better starting point to organize with people because of their political thoughts

I forgot some of what i was gonna reply already lol! But basically the point of me wearing a symbol in public is a conversation piece. I want leftist (doesn’t matter what kind of leftist to me) to ideally see that symbol, recognize it as something relevant to their interests and then walk up to me and ask me about it. Then roughly ask them if they wanna join me for some praxis and add them to facebook or whatevr afterwards.

I know a grand total of 0 leftists atm irl, and i’ve been to a few protests too

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those symbols aren’t bad in their meaning, but until today, i’ve never heard of them. So even if i was out and i saw a person wearing those symbols, i wouldnt know its relevant to my interests haha.

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