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CAIR Supports Bill to Remove Md. Memorial Honoring Racist Senator 

(BALTIMORE, MD, 1/19/2022) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today supported a proposed bill that would remove a memorial honoring a racist senator in Chevy Chase, Md.  

The bill was introduced Tuesday by Senators Chris van Hollen and Ben Cardin (D-MD). It would remove a memorial in Chevy Chase dedicated to former Senator Francis G. Newlands, a Democrat of Nevada who advocated abolishing voting rights for Black men and restricting immigration to white people only.  

SEE: Lawmakers want racist senator’s name removed from Chevy Chase Circle

Md. Sens. Van Hollen, Cardin introduce bill to remove racist senator Francis G. Newlands memorial in Chevy Chase Circle

“Those who worked to maintain white supremacy and deny basic voting rights to minority communities do not deserve to be honored with public memorials,” said CAIR’s Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry. “We support the bill introduced by Senators van Hollen and Cardin and urge the Senate to approve it.” 

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.      

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CONTACT: CAIR Office in Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry,, 410-971-6062; CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530,; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison, 202-770-6280,

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