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CAIR Joins Call for Removal of Confederate, White Supremacist Statues in U.S. Capitol 

(BALTIMORE, MD, 10/12/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today joined a call by House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and other Democrats to remove Confederate and white supremacist statues from the U.S. Capitol. 

Rep. Hoyer and a group of House Democrats sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer urging the Senate to pass a bill that would remove Confederate and white supremacist statues from the U.S. Capitol. The bill, first passed by the House in July 2020 and then again in June 2021, would remove a bust of pro-slavery former Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney and 13 other Confederate and white supremacist figures from the Capitol’s National Statuary Hall. “The House has now advanced our legislation twice,” the group wrote to Schumer. “We would hope that the Senate would now move this legislation. Every moment we delay is a missed opportunity to correct historical wrongs.” 

SEE: Steny Hoyer and Democrats press Senate to remove Confederate statues 

https://southernmarylandchronicle.com/2021/10/12/steny-hoyer-and-democrats-press-senate-to-remove-confederate-statues/

“Monuments to white supremacy, slavery and treason do not belong in any public space, let alone the seat of our democracy,” said CAIR’s Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry. “We call on the Senate to pass this bill and support all efforts to remove symbols of racism and hate from our nation’s institutions.” 

Chaudry noted that CAIR has supported the bill to remove Confederate and white supremacist statues from the U.S. Capitol.  

SEE: CAIR Welcomes House Vote to Remove Confederate Statues From U.S. Capitol Building 

CAIR Welcomes Bipartisan House Vote to Remove Statues of Confederate, Slavery Supporters from Capitol in D.C.  

CAIR Supports Bill to Remove Confederate, Slavery Supporter Statues from Capitol in D.C. https://www.cair.com/press_releases/cair-supports-bill-to-remove-confederate-slavery-supporter-statues-from-capitol-in-d-c/ 

Chaudry 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 Welcomes Terrorism, Hate Crime Charges Over Threat Targeting Louisiana Church, Changing of Virginia College Names Relating to History of Racism   

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CONTACT: CAIR Office in Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry, zchaudry@cair.com, 410-971-6062; 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, 

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