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CAIR Welcomes Life Sentence for Man Who Killed Anti-Racism Protester at Va. White Supremacist Rally

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/28/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed a life sentence handed down to James Alex Fields Jr., the man convicted of federal hate crimes for ramming his car into a crowd and killing anti-racism protester Heather Heyer at a 2017 white supremacist rally in Virginia.

Fields pleaded guilty to 29 federal charges resulting from the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville. Prosecutors say Fields has shown no remorse for the killing and has a history of racist and anti-Semitic views and behavior.

SEE: Man Who Plowed Into Charlottesville Crowd Sentenced to Life in Prison

“We welcome this life sentence as a clear demonstration that the troubling level of racial, ethnic and religious hatred being emboldened by the highest levels of our society will not be tolerated,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “All Americans must seek to marginalize and delegitimize the growing white supremacist ideology that inevitably results in the kind of deadly violence we saw in Charlottesville.”

SEE: Attacks by White Extremists Are Growing. So Are Their Connections.

Awad noted that President Donald Trump claimed there were “some very fine people on both sides” at the hate rally.

He said CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since Trump’s election as president.

Earlier today, the Washington-based civil rights organization released the first “CAIR Snapshots” video highlighting a quarter century of “empowering, educating and defending the American Muslim community.” #CAIRSnapshots

CAIR Snapshots: Empowering, Educating and Defending the American Muslim Community Since June, 1994

It will be followed by a series of other videos and activities in coming months leading up to CAIR’s 25th anniversary gala in Washington, D.C., on November 9.

SEE: CAIR’S 25th Annual Gala

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.


CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,


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