Solidarity Buttons

Buttons are powerful symbols of solidarity, struggle, and identity. These delightfully common objects have been worn for generations and play an important role in communicating and promoting social change.

Solidarity means supporting someone or something that you care about or think is important. Some examples of solidarity are workers coming together to go on strike for better working conditions or youth activists protesting against climate change.

What is something you care strongly about?
How can you show solidarity with your digital solidarity button?

In this activity, we invite you to make digital solidarity buttons. We’re using a free, simple website called Autodraw to design buttons that can be downloaded as PNG image files and shared online.

 

WAHC is also collecting digital solidarity buttons! (We may even turn some of them into real, physical buttons!) We’d love for you to share your buttons with us by emailing your PNG files to:

solidarity@wahc-museum.ca

WAHC also has an online gallery of historical pinback buttons from our collection. Most of these buttons are related to workers and labour history. You can check them out here if you want some inspiration for creating your own digital buttons!

Let’s get started!

First, get an intro to the Autodraw tools by watching this video.

Autodraw Tools Intro Video

Then, watch this sample button video tutorial and start making your own buttons on Autodraw!

Digital Solidarity Buttons Tutorial

Finally, download your button and share it with your friends, family, or classmates.
We’d love to see it too! You can share it with WAHC by emailing your creations to:

solidarity@wahc-museum.ca

You can also email us if you have any questions!