(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/21/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today offered support for a request by officials in Washington, D.C., to remove a statue honoring a Confederate general.
In August, protesters sought removal of the statue of Confederate General Albert Pike from Judiciary Square. D.C. officials also sent a letter to the National Park Service requesting the statue’s removal. Earlier this week, D.C. Council members Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) and Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) introduced a resolution calling for its removal.
“Those who betrayed our country and supported the institution of slavery should not be honored with statues in our nation’s capital,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. “We join the call by public officials to remove this and all other statues and symbols that honor the Confederacy or its defenders.”
CAIR recently called Americans of all faiths and backgrounds to contact their state legislatures to request the introduction of CAIR's template resolution calling for the removal of all Confederate symbols.
That call to action was in response to the deadly terrorist attack on anti-racist protests that occurred in Charlottesville, Va. CAIR is urging the removal of all government monuments and symbols that celebrate the Confederacy. USE: #RemoveConfederateMemorials
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CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
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