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CAIR Welcomes Virginia House Vote to End Lee-Jackson Day, Make Election Day a Holiday

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/6/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’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 – which honored Confederate Generals Robert Edward Lee and Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall†Jackson — and make Election Day a state holiday. 

SEE: Virginia House Votes with Senate to Abolish Lee-Jackson Day

https://wamu.org/story/20/02/06/virginia-house-votes-with-senate-to-abolish-lee-jackson-day/

Virginia House votes to end Lee-Jackson Day

https://www.richmond.com/news/plus/virginia-house-votes-to-end-lee-jackson-day/article_6a761be3-91b2-5f39-8514-3c0000e9ace3.html

CAIR welcomed the passing of a similar bill in the Virginia Senate in January of last year.

[NOTE: Virginia marked Lee’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.]

“We 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,†said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. 

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

https://www.cair.com/cair_renews_call_to_remove_confederate_symbols_nationwide_on_2nd_anniversary_of_charlottesville_white_supremacist_terror_attack

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. 

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, aajeen@cair.com

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