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CAIR Welcomes Va. Policy to Rename Confederate Streets, Supports Tenn. Resolution on Racism Public Health Threat, Condemns Neo-Nazi Racist Flyers in Maine

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/11/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today welcomed a new initiative in Virginia that provides a standard for renaming streets honoring the Confederacy, supported a new resolution in the Tennessee House of Representatives calling racism a public health threat and condemned racist propaganda found in Maine. 

In Lexington, Va., city officials are considering a new policy that would set a standard for renaming streets. The officials are reviewing a petition to rename five local streets named after Confederate soldiers. 

SEE: Lexington officials consider policy to rename streets tied to Confederacy 

https://www.wsls.com/news/local/2021/03/11/lexington-officials-consider-policy-to-rename-streets-tied-to-confederacy/

In Nashville, Tenn., a resolution calling racism a public health threat is advancing in the Tennessee House of Representatives. This piece of legislation recognizes racism as a structural system that perpetuates unequal access to goods and services. 

SEE: Resolution declaring racism a ‘public health threat’ advances in Tennessee House 

https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/politics/2021/03/11/tennessee-house-resolution-racism-public-health-threat-american-medical-association/6947298002/

In Maine, racist flyers were found in the West End of Portland and were addressed to “white men,” with depictions of Nazi propaganda. The flyers denounced the Black Lives Matter movement and promoted white supremacy.  

SEE: Maine Attorney General’s office investigating racist flyers found in Portland 

https://www.newscentermaine.com/article/news/local/maine-attorney-generals-office-investigating-racist-flyers-found-in-portland/97-2b1dc256-b49d-48a4-a7de-d38141462179

“All Americans must educate themselves about the negative effects of systemic anti-Black racism and take positive actions to help create a more just society based on equality and respect for others,” said CAIR National Communications Ibrahim Hooper. 

He said 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 Director Nihad Awad Speaks at Unveiling of Black Lives Matter Banner       

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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