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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, New Jersey, Virginia, Colorado, Washington, and Maryland. 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. The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted and passed the CROWN ACT, and now we need your help in demanding the U.S. Senate hears and passes the bill.

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 race-based hair discrimination by signing this petition to urge legislators to vote YES on The CROWN Act.

We want to get to 300,000 signatures, so please spread the word!

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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. The states of Virginia, Colorado, and Washington signed the CROWN Act in March 2020. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan approved the CROWN Act in May 2020. On September 21st, the U.S. House of Representatives voted and passed The CROWN Act (HR 5309) federal bill; just nine months after it was introduced in both chambers. We applaud Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA) and all the members of the Congressional Black Caucus for championing the CROWN Act in the House of Representatives. Now we’ll advocate for the U.S. Senate to pass the CROWN Act under the leadership of Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ).


Reasons for signing

  • There's nothing dreadful about my beautiful locs.
  • When you ask me to straighten my hair or “tame” my hair you are asking me to change how God made me. My self esteem is important to me.
  • People should be able to choose their hairstyle and not be held back from stereotypes and discrimination.

Updates

2020-10-05 12:33:45 -0700

200,000 signatures reached

2020-07-11 06:57:05 -0700

150,000 signatures reached

2020-07-05 16:04:55 -0700

100,000 signatures reached

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