Persistent and Pervasive Podcast: Toxic Chemicals in Hair Straighteners
In this episode, the podcast explores the chemical and cultural issues around Black hair care and interview scientists and activists who are working to ensure that safer products are available.
New Bill Will Help Close Significant Gaps in Menstrual & Intimate Care Product Safety
Because of lack of government oversight, companies can even get away with not disclosing dangerous chemicals contained in these products. In fact, there is no federal law that requires manufacturers of menstrual care products to disclose any of the ingredients used in these products.
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Help end injustices and health risks thrust upon Black women and girls as a result of hair discrimination. Take action to support the CROWN Act!
CA Governor Signs Historic Law Requiring Ingredient Disclosure in Professional Salon Products
In a major victory for worker and consumer right to know, Governor Brown signed into law a ground-breaking bill that requires manufacturers to disclose ingredients on the labels of professional cosmetics. Until now, only retail cosmetics manufacturers were required to list product ingredients. This same transparency was not required of professional cosmetics, even if products contained ingredients linked to severe health concerns like cancer, birth defects, and respiratory issues. Introduced by Assembly Member Ash Kalra (D-San Jose), AB 2775 is the first such law to take effect in the nation.
The Toxic Assault on Black Women’s Health
In a time when the #blacklivesmatter movement (a non-violent, women-led movement) is calling out for basic validity of Black life, I keep returning to this question: is our work critical right now?