Salaam, and welcome to our June newsletter! See below for what we were up to this month as well as our upcoming events:
Alhamdulillah, we raised over $30,000 through our crowd funding campaign on LaunchGood and Facebook, private fundraisers, and through our website. Thanks to all those who donated! We’ll continue our push to raise $150,000 for year 1 expenses. As a reminder, you can donate year-round here.
Poligon partnered with Everytown for Gun Safety to help turn America orange to help raise awareness of gun violence. This issue is relevant more than ever as 93 Americans are killed and hundreds injured by gun violence every day.
Poligon meets with Congressional offices on H. Res 257: Condemning Hate Crimes
Poligon has partnered with MPAC and Emgage USA to ask members of Congress to sign H. Res 257, a resolution asking law enforcement, federal agencies, and the executive branch to bring perpetrators of hate crimes to justice and enhance security measures for institutions, including places of worship. Following our visit to her office, Rep. Moore (D-WI) officially became a co-sponsor.
Coalition to #CounterACT Hate
Poligon joined a coalition of 129 national and local organizations who sent letters to 29 mayors in advance of anti-Muslim marches scheduled in their cities by ACT for America, a hate group according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The letters called on the mayors to embrace “values of pluralism, diversity, and liberty for all while firmly rejecting the forces of hate and bigotry that seek to divide us.
Fasting 5K in D.C.
Muslims from around the Washington DC area gathered together to run a 5k whilst fasting in order to raise funds for Poligon to create and deliver Congressional Advocacy workshops for youth on engagement around issues. We will begin scheduling those workshops in the coming months.
Poligon attends problematic violent extremism hearing with witnesses Asra Nomani and Ayaan Hirsi Ali
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing included witnesses who have called for Islam’s reform was deliberately framed around Muslim extremism —completely ignoring violent acts committed by non-Muslim and right-wing extremist factions.
Hill Briefing regarding the rise of Hate Groups & Hate Crimes:
Poligon attended a congressional briefing on the rise of hate groups and crimes. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) found that 867 incidents of hate occurred in the first 10 days following the November election, including more than 300 where the target was Muslim or an immigrant.
Islamic Relief’s 7th Annual Capitol Hill Eid Luncheon:
We attended the Islamic Relief USA’s 7th Annual Capitol Hill Eid Luncheon on the Hill. Speakers at the event, including Representatives Keith Ellison(D-MN-5), Danny K. Davis (D-IL-7), and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA-40), expressed their support for Muslim communities during this tense political climate.
Justice for Nabra DC vigil
Following the horrendous murder of Nabra Hassanen, we attended the DC vigil to pay our respects to a young Muslim woman who was the victim of a brutal murder during Ramadan. It was also a time to reflect on the fear many feel from Islamophobia across the country today
Poligon in the News:
After killing of Muslim girl near mosque, talk of risks, rights and hijab (The Washington Post)
Weekly Hill Happenings:
We’ve been keeping you up-to-date on the latest on Capitol Hill with our Hill Happenings going straight to your inboxes every Friday.
Hill Happenings – June 16, 2017: Bills to prevent those who are convicted of a hate crime from obtaining firearms, Senate bill to automatically register eligible voters, extending Fair Housing Act to curb discrimination against LGBTQ community, Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, 9th Circuit ruling against Travel Ban
Hill Happenings – June 24, 2017: Outline of AHCA is revealed to senators, Verify First Act passed the House, House bill gives lawmakers the right to carry firearms for protection, bipartisan legislation introduced to enable millions of Americans to purchase homes, Voting Rights Advancement Act aims to restore protections for voters, Criminalization of Immigrants and Sanctuary Cities introduced.
Hill Happenings – June 30, 2017: Kate’s Law, Sarah’s Law, bipartisan legislation to curb cradle to prison pipeline, Muslim Ban 3.
Congressional advocacy training in the DC area with Young Leaders Institute
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Afif, Nadia, and Wardah