(BALTIMORE, MD, 5/6/21) – The Maryland office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today offered support for a lawsuit seeking the removal of a Confederate monument from a courthouse lawn on that state’s Eastern Shore.
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, assistant public defender for Talbot County Kisha Petticolas, the Talbot County Branch of the NAACP and branch president Richard Potter, claims that a statue glorifying the Confederacy on the lawn outside the county courthouse in Easton, Md., is both unconstitutional and illegal under federal and state laws.
According to according to the ACLU of Maryland, which is representing the defendants alongside the Washington, D.C. law firm Crowell & Moring LLP, the monument is the last Confederate statue on public land in the state.
SEE: Talbot County Confederate monument: Federal lawsuit demands removal from courthouse lawn
Lawsuit seeks Confederate statue’s removal from courthouse
“We applaud this legal effort to remove the stain of the Confederacy from our state,” said CAIR’s Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry. “This legal initiative deserves the support all those in our state who value justice and reject systemic anti-Black racism and white supremacy.”
Earlier this year, welcomed state lawmakers’ final move yesterday to repeal “Maryland, My Maryland” – the controversial, pro-Confederacy tune adopted as the state song in 1939 that constituents have protested for decades. CAIR announced its support for repealing the state song earlier this year.
SEE: CAIR Supports Maryland House Speaker’s Call to Repeal Pro-Confederacy State Song
Maryland set to ditch pro-Confederate state song
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.
CONTACT: CAIR Office in Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062, email@example.com