Some Lawmakers Will Hold Up Pencils at SOTU in Honor of Charlie Hebdo

Some members of Congress tonight will be holding up yellow pencils in honor of the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris last week. The thought of the silent moment originated with Democratic Congresswoman Gwen Moore, whose office sent out emails in the past few days to both Democratic and Republican congressional offices, asking them to join in the show of support.

Eric Harris, Moore’s press secretary, said he’s gotten lots of positive responses from other members of Congress and expects plenty to join them when Obama mentions the Paris attacks. As far as specifics, Harris told The Daily Beast today he’s expecting at least ten lawmakers to join in.

Moore herself posted this message on Twitter earlier tonight:

[h/t TIME]
[image via Rep. Gwen Moore]

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