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CAIR Welcomes Move Toward Renaming Military Bases Honoring Confederate Generals

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/9/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed news that military leaders are “open” to talks about changing the names of 10 installations named for Confederate leaders.

SEE: US Army Open to Discussion on Renaming Posts Named for Confederate Leaders

Yesterday, CAIR welcomed a decision by the U.S. Marine Corps to ban all public displays of the Confederate flag from military installations and called for the renaming of the military installations.

SEE: CAIR Welcomes U.S. Marine Corps Confederate Flag Ban, Urges Renaming of Military Bases Honoring Confederate Generals

Fact: 10 U.S. Military Bases Are Named After Confederate Generals

“No military installation should honor anyone who betrayed the nation and defended white supremacy, racism and slavery,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “We welcome this first step toward renaming these facilities to instead honor those who defended freedom and justice.”

CAIR has repeatedly urged the removal of Confederate holidays, symbols and racist laws nationwide.

SEE: CAIR Calls on Alabama to Drop Holiday Honoring Confederate ‘Racist and Traitor’ Jefferson Davis

The Washington-based civil rights organization and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-black racism.

Nihad Awad: In Solidarity with Our African-American Brothers and Sisters

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.

ENDCONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw, 202-999-8292,

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