Far too often, people of color – and particularly Black Americans – are subjected to these incidents of discrimination and although strides have been made to end discrimination through policy, it still exists in reality.

We ask for your support for legislation we intend to introduce known as The Pennsylvania CROWN Act, which stands for Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair. This legislation would prohibit discrimination based on a person’s hair type, hair texture or hairstyle.

Dreads, locs, braids, twists, coils, Bantu knots, cornrows, afros and extensions are typically associated with Black Americans. Historically, these hair styles have created a problem for many human resources managers, educators and coaches, who want employees, students, or participants to follow established policies and maintain a uniform “neat” appearance regardless of culture or ethnicity.

We can no longer stand by while individuals are being targeted, harassed, and denied access to opportunities based on their hair type, hair texture or hairstyle. 

Join the movement to end race-based hair discrimination by signing onto this petition to urge Pennsylvania Legislators to vote YES on PA CROWN Act, so that we can put an end to race-based hair discrimination. Twenty-two states have passed the CROWN Act into law. Both the City of Philadelphia and the City of Pittsburgh have already passed the CROWN Act.

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The CROWN Act PA - End Race-Based Hair Discrimination

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Human rights should be universal, inherent to everyone, and inalienable - meaning that no one can take them away, without discrimination.  Unfortunately, human rights are being violated every time an African American woman, man, or child is being sent home or denied access to a job, a school, or an event based on how they choose to naturally wear their hair.  The CROWN Act would explicitly prohibit discrimination based on natural hair as a form of race discrimination.

We can no longer sit back and allow race-based hair discrimination or any other discrimination to persist.  Therefore, I urge you to support The CROWN Act, so that it can be brought to the House chamber for a vote, and we can put an end to unfair race-based practices that deny basic human rights to everyone.

We all should be free to make our own choices regarding how we choose to wear our hair, without the fear of reprisal.

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