(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/23/2020) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives to remove Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol building.
That bill was approved Wednesday with a bipartisan vote of 305-113. It would remove from the Capitol building statues honoring those who supported slavery or joined the Confederacy.
SEE: House Votes to Remove Confederate Statues From U.S. Capitol
In a statement, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said:
“As Confederate statues and symbols are being removed nationwide, they should find no refuge or welcome on Capitol Hill. We welcome this historic and long-overdue decision as a sign of the growing challenge to systemic anti-Black racism and white supremacy.”
Hooper added that CAIR and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism and white supremacy.
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CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its 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.
CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw, 202-999-8292, email@example.com