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To: Lawmakers Across the Country

Help Us End Hair Discrimination in the Workplace and Schools

Help Us End Hair Discrimination in the Workplace and Schools

Vote YES on The CROWN Act

Why is this important?

Currently, it is legal to discriminate against a person in the workplace or in schools because of their natural or protective hairstyle in all states except for California, New York, and New Jersey. Hair discrimination remains a source of racial injustice with serious economic consequences for Black people. The CROWN Act corrects these racial injustices by making hair discrimination illegal.

Senator Holly J. Mitchell was first to introduce The CROWN Act (Senate Bill 188) in the state of California, the first state to sign the Bill into law. New York was the second state to introduce the CROWN Act under the leadership of Assemblywoman Tremaine Wright (D-Bedford-Stuyvesant, Northern Crown Heights) and Senator Jamaal Bailey (D-Bronx, Westchester), and Governor Cuomo signed the CROWN Act into law on July 12th, deeming the legislation effective immediately. New Jersey became the third state to the enact the CROWN Act. State Senator Sandra Cunningham (District 31) and Assemblywoman Angela McKnight (District 31) championed the legislation and Governor Phil Murphy signed the CROWN Act into law on December 19th, the one-year anniversary of the wrestling match where New Jersey high school wrestler Andrew Johnson's locs were forcibly cut off. The city of Cincinnati, Ohio and Montgomery County, MD have also passed The CROWN Act in those local and county municipalities. On December 5th, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA) introduced The CROWN Act of 2019 in both chambers of U.S. Congress paving the way for federal protections.

The CROWN Coalition (Dove, National Urban League, Color Of Change, and Western Center on Law & Poverty) believes natural hairstyles should be celebrated, not discouraged. For this reason, they are committed to Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural hair.

Join the movement to shatter racial hair discrimination by signing this petition to urge Legislators to vote YES on The CROWN Act.

We want to get to 100,000 signatures, so please spread the word!

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For more information about California Senate Bill 188 view here: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200SB188

For more information about New York Senate Bill 6209A view here:
https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/s6209

For more information about New Jersey Senate Bill 3945 view here: https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2018/Bills/S4000/3945_I1.HTM


Reasons for signing

  • There's nothing dreadful about my beautiful locs.
  • I’ve been a hair designer for 35+ yrs & an owned a multicultural salon & I’m white.I’ve seen beauty in all hair types.I have curly,unruly hair.Is natural unkempt? Is blown out more ‘suitable’?The way one wears their hair equates to ‘freedom of speech’.There are times we have to curb our words or actions but our hair is an unspoken reflection of ourselves.As long as anyone’s hair is clean and neat and job performance is quality, it’s appropriate. Again, one’s hair IS unspoken self expression.
  • Hair discrimination sick and tired of it being a issue.

Updates

2019-12-18 06:02:15 -0800

50,000 signatures reached

2019-07-09 19:25:06 -0700

20,000 signatures reached

2019-07-07 18:46:48 -0700

10,000 signatures reached

2019-07-06 13:35:42 -0700

5,000 signatures reached

2019-05-27 00:28:03 -0700

1,000 signatures reached

2019-05-21 19:19:56 -0700

500 signatures reached

2019-04-20 13:01:15 -0700

100 signatures reached

2019-04-20 11:57:30 -0700

50 signatures reached

2019-04-20 11:15:36 -0700

25 signatures reached

2019-04-20 10:30:11 -0700

10 signatures reached