Update (May 18, 2022 4:30 PM EST): On May 18, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Crown Act by a vote of 235 to 189. The bill previously passed the House of Representatives in September 2020, but has since failed to pass the then-Republican Senate. Now, the bill will once again fall into the hands of the Senate, which is once again divided between Republicans and Democrats. The Biden administration “strongly supports” the Crown Act, and Vice President Kamala Harris will control any tie-breaking vote. If passed, natural hair discrimination would be illegal under federal law.

This Crown Act, a law banning discrimination based on hairstyle and texture, is one step closer to becoming a national mandate. Following its introduction to the House of Representatives in December 2019, the bill has now passed and will now be sent to the Senate for consideration. If passed by the Senate, natural hair discrimination could be made illegal nationwide.

“For too long, black women have been punished for simply being who they are – ends today. The House just passed the Crown Act to end hair discrimination,” Representative Ilhan Omar announced on Twitter on Sept. 21 . , but this is an important step in the fight against racism. “

This is the simplified version needed to make the Royal Act into law across the country: at least 51 of the Senate’s 100 members must vote to pass it – then, it’s handed over to the president, who has a veto or (we hope) signature be the final choice of law. With that said, it sounds like individual citizens don’t have much control over what’s going on right now – but that’s definitely not true.

To help ensure the passage of the Royal Bill in the Senate, you can contact Senators in a number of ways. The easiest and most common one is email: in fact, the Senate’s website has a handy directory where you can identify and local senators in each state, where you can write messages to them. You can also call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and an operator can connect you to the Senate office of your choice.