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CAIR Supports Wyoming Bill to Remove Racist Housing Covenants

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/26/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today offered support for proposed legislation in Wyoming to removal racist housing covenants in that state.

House Bill 91 would allow homeowners to remove racially-restrictive covenants from real estate deeds in Wyoming. The legislation gained final approval from the Senate and now goes to Gov. Mark Gordon for consideration.

SEE: Bill allowing for removal of racist housing covenants gains final approval in the Legislature

https://www.wyomingnews.com/wyomingbusinessreport/industry_news/government_and_politics/bill-allowing-for-removal-of-racist-housing-covenants-gains-final-approval-in-the-legislature/article_09edafde-8e54-11eb-a9bb-afec11c33232.html

“We welcome the approval of this legislative effort to remove a lingering remnant of systemic anti-Black racism and white supremacy,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. “While fortunately unenforceable, racist language in housing covenants remain as a stain on the ideals of equality and inclusion we should all follow.”

He noted that last year, CAIR welcomed that signing of new laws giving localities the power to remove Confederate monuments and that repeal racist language in Virginia’s Acts of Assembly.

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Virginia Governor’s Signing of Laws Allowing Removal of Confederate Monuments, Repealing Racist Language

Earlier today, CAIR condemned the racist, neo-Nazi vandalism targeting a family’s vehicle in Salem, S.D.  

SEE: CAIR Condemns Neo-Nazi, White Supremacist Hate Crime Targeting South Dakota Family

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.   

Video: CAIR Rep Speaks at Maryland #StopAsianHate Solidarity Rally with AAPI Communities

Video: CAIR Director Nihad Awad Speaks at Unveiling of Black Lives Matter Banner          

Hooper noted that yesterday, CAIR welcomed the removal of a confederate statue in Emporia, Va., and the plan to remove a confederate monument from Asheville, N.C.

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Removal of Confederate Monument in Virginia, Plan to Remove Confederate Monument in North Carolina

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 Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com   

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