Defense Secretary calls for military to review discriminatory hair policies

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In response to criticism about the American military’s newly revised policies regarding hairstyles, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the branch to review the regulations.

Hagel’s orders come on the heels of a complaint filed by 16 women of the Congressional Black Caucus, that alleges the regulations which ban large cornrows, twists and dreadlocks, discriminate against African American women. 

Who Will Keep My Sister?: A Dialogue & Discussion on the Criminalization of Black Women & Girls

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Join the Chicago Chapter of BYP100 in a dialogue & discussion on the criminalization of Black women & girls through a queer feminist lens. The event, co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture, will amplify stories of Black women & girls, and propose solutions over (free) food and community. Featured speakers include: Dr. Beth E. Richie, Dr. Barbara Ransby, Mariame Kaba, Deana Lewis and Ayanna Banks-Harris. 

White House petition started in protest of army’s grooming policies

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Cries of racial bias followed news of the U.S. Army’s newly updated grooming policy last week that critics say unfairly targets black women.

The grooming policy, Army Regulation 670-1, bans popular hairstyles worn primarily by black women. The regulation has not been made official yet, but the new rules were detailed in a PowerPoint presentation that was leaked on March 20.

In the presentation, examples of women wearing “multiple braids”, headbands and twists were shown as unacceptable hairstyles. Now, opponents of the changes have started an online petition in hopes of changing the proposed policy.