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

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/12/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s signing of new laws giving localities the power to remove Confederate monuments and that repeal racist language in Virginia’s Acts of Assembly.

SEE: Northam Signs Bills Allowing Removal and Altering of Confederate Monuments, Repeal of Racist Language

In February, CAIR expressed support for the effort to repeal the racist language from the Acts of Assembly. Examples of discriminatory language included laws banning school integration and prohibiting people of different races living in the same neighborhoods.

SEE: CAIR Supports Effort to Repeal Racist Laws in Virginia

In March, the Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization supported legislation that would give localities the autonomy to “remove, relocate, contextualize, cover or alter” confederate monuments.

SEE: CAIR Backs Virginia Bill Allowing Removal of Confederate Statues

In a statement, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said:

“We welcome Governor Northam’s signing of these bills into law and hope this action by lawmakers in Virginia sends a strong message to other state legislatures that symbols of racism and remnants of our nation’s segregated past must be repudiated and removed from the public sphere.”

He noted that CAIR has repeatedly urged the removal of Confederate symbols and racist laws nationwide.

SEE: CAIR Decries Mississippi Governor’s ‘Confederate Heritage Month’ Declaration

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

SEE: CAIR-Alabama Condemns Anti-Semitic Vandalism Targeting Two Huntsville Synagogues

CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Vandalism Targeting Asian Business in Wisconsin

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,; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen,

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