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CAIR Renews Call to Remove Confederate Symbols Nationwide on 2nd Anniversary of Charlottesville White Supremacist Terror Attack

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/12/19) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today renewed its call for local governments throughout the nation to remove all Confederate symbols from public spaces.

That renewed call to action comes on the second anniversary of the deadly 2017 terrorist attack targeting anti-racist protests in Charlottesville, Va., that resulted in the murder of Heather Heyer and amid growing white supremacist terrorism and racist, Islamophobic and anti-immigrant violence and rhetoric nationwide. Monuments to Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson remain standing in that city.

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CAIR is urging the removal of all government monuments and symbols that celebrate the Confederacy. USE: #RemoveConfederateMemorials


“Confederate symbols glorifying white supremacy and treason are a stain on our nation’s past and present that must be removed if we are to move forward as a just society in which people of all faiths and backgrounds have equal rights and dignity,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Symbols honoring those who sought to destroy the nation in order to preserve slavery and white supremacy were put in place as acts of intimidation and must be removed.” 

Awad noted that following the 2017 Charlottesville attack, CAIR offered a template resolution to be introduced by public bodies such as state legislatures, city councils and school districts calling for the removal of all Confederate symbols.

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The Washington-based civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president and his promotion of racist, Islamophobic, white supremacist, anti-immigrant, and xenophobic rhetoric and policies.

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CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims. 

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos. 


CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,


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