(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/6/20)Â â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed a Virginia House vote of 55-42 to pass HB 108, a bill to end Lee-Jackson Day â€“ which honored Confederate Generals Robert Edward Lee and Thomas Jonathan â€œStonewallâ€ Jackson — and make Election Day a state holiday.Â
SEE: Virginia House Votes with Senate to Abolish Lee-Jackson Day
Virginia House votes to end Lee-Jackson Day
CAIR welcomed the passing of a similar bill in the Virginia Senate in January of last year.
[NOTE: Virginia marked Leeâ€™s birthday since 1889 and added Jackson to the Lee holiday in the early 1900s. In the 1980s, Virginia began marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the same day as Lee-Jackson-King Day. In 2000, Gov. Jim Gilmore sought to split them into separate holidays.]
â€œWe welcome this vote – coming as it does during Black History Month – and hope this means Virginia will remove one more artifact of the Confederacy and white supremacy,â€ saidÂ CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.Â
He noted that CAIR has called for state governments throughout the nation to cease honoring the Confederacy.
SEE: CAIR Renews Call to Remove Confederate Symbols Nationwide on 2nd Anniversary of Charlottesville White Supremacist Terror Attack
CAIRâ€™s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.Â