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CAIR Condemns Threat to Fine Alabama City for Dropping Confederate Street Name 

(WASHINGTON D.C., 11/29/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned a threat by the Alabama state Attorney General’s Office to fine the city of Montgomery for dropping a Confederate street name.  

The Attorney General’s Office sent a letter to Montgomery officials saying the city must pay $25,000 for violating a 2017 law designed to protect Confederate monuments. Last month, the city renamed a street named for Confederate President Jefferson Davis after civil rights attorney Fred D. Gray.  

SEE: Montgomery, Alabama lawsuit dropping Confederate street name  

https://www.wvtm13.com/article/montgomery-fine-lawsuit-dropping-confederate-street-name/38363984#

Alabama AG threatens $25K fine after city changes Confederate name 

https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/583199-alabama-ag-threatens-25k-fine-after-city-changes-confederate-name

“No city should face intimidation and punishment for deciding to rename a street, especially not when that street bore the name of someone who betrayed our nation to uphold white supremacy and slavery,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.  

Hooper noted that CAIR has repeatedly called for the removal of Confederate flags, statues and symbols from public spaces nationwide. 

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Confederate Flag Ban in Virginia Holiday Parade 

He said the American Muslim community and CAIR stand in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy and all other forms of bigotry.   

SEE: CAIR Calls on GOP Leaders to Repudiate Rep. Lauren Boebert’s Islamophobic Smears Targeting Rep. Ilhan Omar 

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CONTACT: CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530, e-Mitchell@cair.com; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison, 202-770-6280, iallison@cair.com 

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