As local activists know, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will vote on expansion of the Islamic Saudi Academy at its Monday, August 3 on 3:00 PM.
Keeping in mind that political officials often respond better to phone calls than letters, I called the offices of Linda Q. Smith, Supervisor, Providence District, and Sharon Bulova, Chair of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Not surprisingly, Smith and Bulova were in meetings.
Smith's staff member asked if I supported or opposed expansion of the Islamic Saudi Academy, as Smith's office was keeping a tally. She took down my phone number and said that she would have Supervisor Smith to call me.
I shared the following talking points with her senior aide "Lynn":
* The re-sentencing of Ahmed Omar Abu Ali to life imprisonment only this past Monday
* The possibility that 2003 ISA grad Raed Abdul-Rahman Alsaif was attempting a 9/11-style coordinated attack.
* With respect to the concerns of Springfield District residents about traffic safety on Pope's Head Road, I pointed out the 2005 accident caused by ISA bus driver Abdelrazeg Abdalla.
No oral statements will be taken at the August 3 meeting; however, written statements, submitted for the record, will be allowed.
Supervisor Pat Herrity of Springfield District will make the motion on expansion of the ISA.
Please email or fax a written statement for the record to Nancy Vehrs, Clerk to the Board of Supervisors. Email: ClerktotheBOS@fairfaxcounty.gov; Fax 703-324-3926. Reference case number SE 2008-SP-025.
HURRY! Written statements must be submitted by COB Friday, July 31, 2009.
You are urged to read Urgent Action Alert: Help Defeat Terror School in Virginia from ACT! for America: Northern Virginia/Washington, DC Metro Chapter's Official Blog and ACTION ALERT - AUGUST 3, 3:00 PM from Saudi Watch for more information.
Also listen to a full hour of local perspective on the trouble with the Islamic Saudi Academy: Criminal, Legal, Land Use, and more via Radio Free Dar Al Harab (hat tip: ACT! for America: Northern Virginia/Washington, DC Metro Chapter's Official Blog)