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CAIR Supports Call for Virginia City of Fairfax to Drop Confederate Street Names

(WASHINGTON D.C., 5/16/2022) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today supported calls for Virginia’s City of Fairfax to rename several Confederate-themed streets.  

In Fairfax’s Mosby Woods neighborhood, named for Confederate commander John S. Mosby, many streets are named after Confederate historical figures. The city council is set to decide in June whether or not to rename nine streets in the neighborhood.  

SEE: A civil war among neighbors over Confederate-themed streets

Confederate Street Renaming Process Up For Council Consideration

“We support calls for Fairfax City Council to drop all Confederate-related street names and urge towns and cities nationwide to take similar action to repudiate the racist legacy of the Confederacy,” said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Symbols of treason, white supremacy and systemic anti-Black racism do not belong in a diverse community.”  

He noted that CAIR has repeatedly called for the removal of Confederate holidays, flags, statues, and symbols nationwide.    

SEE: CAIR Urges Va. County School Board Not to Restore Confederate School Names 

CAIR Supports Removal of New Mexico Confederate Monument, Dropping of Confederate Officer’s Name from Landmarks 

CAIR Welcomes Renaming of Formerly Confederate-Themed Virginia Middle School 

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.           

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CONTACT: 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,