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CAIR-San Diego Welcomes Chula Vista City Council’s Decision to Remove Columbus Statue

(SAN DIEGO, CA., 5/26/2021) – The San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SD) today welcomes the Chula Vista City Council’s 4 to 1 vote on Tuesday to remove the statue of Christopher Columbus from Discovery Park.

CAIR-SD also commend Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas for naming the second Monday of October as Indigenous People’s Day.

The Kanap Kuahan Coalition rallied ahead of the council meeting in support of removing the statue. One community member shared her plea with the council, “The Columbus statue and monuments alike are reminders to my peers that white supremacy is not only condoned in our city, but glorified”.

According to FOX5, there are additional plans for the future of Discovery Park; a diverse task force will be in charge of honoring diversity and recommending a new name for the park.

SEE: “Chula Vista city council votes to permanently remove Columbus statue”

In a statement, CAIR-SD Associate Executive Director Tazheen Nizam said:

“We know that this decision comes with opposition, but we are glad to see the Chula Vista City Council make the right decision in removing the statue. This is a small but necessary step toward bringing ​respect, equity and justice to the Kumeyaay people. We stand in solidarity with the San Diego Kumeyaay community to see continued efforts ​in recognizing and uplifting the Kumeyaay, the original people of this land.”

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, 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.      

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CONTACT: CAIR-SD Operations & Development Manager Omair Khan, 619-880-4601 or okhan@cair.com 

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