Raids on Muslim Offices and Homes in Virginia; Muslim and Jewish Communities Respond

March 28, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On March 28, 2002, The Washington Post reported "After Raids, Muslims Speak Out for Rights." It noted that "Area Muslims met Monday night at the Sterling library to hear speakers call for a new level of organization to respond to 16 government raids on Muslim homes and businesses ... About 150 people attended the standing-room-only meeting, while a spillover crowd of about 150 reassembled for a simultaneous meeting at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) center in Sterling. 'The reason we are here today is that we will not allow our civil liberties to be compromised. ... This hits the core of our American values,' said Manal Omar, who helped to organize the event on behalf of ADAMS." The article continued, "Jemel Buck, director of operations for ADAMS, said the event was a way for the local Muslim community, deeply shaken by the raids, to try to heal. 'We are typically a quiet community,' he said. 'For us to gather and focus on protecting our civil rights is enormous. We're willing to stand up and say there was wrong in what they did.'"