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CAIR Supports Challenge to Wisconsin Confederate Flag Display, Welcomes Sentencing for Indiana Cross Burning

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/19/21) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today supported a community challenge to a Confederate flag display in Wisconsin and welcomed the sentencing of an Indiana man whose attempts to intimidate his neighbor included a cross burning.

In Indiana, Shepherd Hoehn, 51, was sentenced to 46 months in prison and three years supervised released for threatening his neighbor with the cross burning, anti-Black slurs and display of a Nazi swastika. He was convicted of violating the Fair Housing Act and unlawful possession of firearms. 

SEE: Indianapolis man sentenced for racist intimidation of neighbor, including cross burning

In Cudahy, Wis., residents rallied against a home flying Confederate flags and an upside-down American flag. The event included a unity night and march past the home displaying the flags.

SEE: Confederate flag sparks anti-racism march

“On this first Juneteenth national holiday, all Americans must renew their commitment to repudiate bigotry and support those who take a stand against systemic anti-Black racism and white supremacy,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

He noted that CAIR welcomed the new Juneteenth federal holiday after it was signed into law by President Biden.

CAIR Welcomes New Juneteenth Federal Holiday, Offers 2nd Online Juneteenth Educational Program

Hooper 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 Denounces Racist KKK Flyer Distributed to N. Virginia Homes Targeting School Board Members

CAIR Condemns Racist Neo-Nazi Graffiti in Lincoln County Mississippi

CAIR Condemns Neo-Nazi Hate Symbols Discovered in Baltimore Neighborhood, Applauds Residents’ Swift Response

CAIR’s 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 Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,  

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