August 2017

Hurricanes Won’t Keep Us Away

Salaam, and welcome to our August newsletter! See below for what we were up to this month as well as our upcoming events:

Townhall on Charlottesville with Arab American Institute
 
Board president Wardah Khalid attended a townhall meeting organized by AAI on the violent and tragic white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. Community members discussed their reflections after the rally and steps to move forward, including the importance of representation in politics, which Poligon aims to help facilitate.
 
Facebook Live Chat on Congressional Response to Charlottesville
Board members Ayesha Ali and Wardah Khalid conducted a Facebook live session to discuss how members of Congress responded to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville and how our community could move forward. Watch the video here.
#CounterAct Hate Letter to Mayors
Poligon joined over 200 local and national groups to urge nearly 60 mayors, where rallies from anti-Muslim hate group ACT for America were scheduled, not to make their cities the next Charlottesville and “unequivocally condemn white supremacist and anti-Muslim hatred” in their communities. Fortunately, the rallies were cancelled but replaced with online demonstrations, which Poligon still opposes.
Defend DACA/TPS & No Muslim Ban Ever Rally
Poligon took part in a vigil at the White House alongside The New York Immigration CoalitionNAKASEC, and South Asian Americans Leading Together to defend DACA, TPS, and say #NoMuslimBanEver. 800,000 immigrant youth are at risk for deportation if President Trump rescinds DACA. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments regarding the Muslim travel ban in October.
 

In the News

August Action Alert

ACTION ALERT: Congress may be heading back to session soon, but you can still call and make your voice heard on these issues and more.

Upcoming Events

Lots of trainings coming in October. Keep an eye out for save the dates! If you’d like a training in your community, email us: info@poligonnational.org

We’re Hiring

Poligon is looking for some dynamic individuals passionate about Muslim Congressional advocacy to join our team! Please visit bit.ly/PoligonNational to learn more about these positions and how to apply:

Legislative Fellow (full time, paid, located in DC)

  • Volunteer Coordinator (part time, volunteer, remote)
  • Graphic Designer (part time, volunteer, remote)
  • Marketing and Social Media Intern (part time, volunteer, remote)

Don’t forget to visit our website to view our policy briefs and the latest updates. Like our Facebook page, and follow us on Instagram and Twitter to stay up-to-date on news affecting American Muslims and our allies on Capitol Hill. Feel free to forward this newsletter to others.

Stay active,
Ayesha, Afif, Nadia, and Wardah

August Recess and HRes257

Only Two Weeks of August Recess Left!
Your House Representatives and Senators have been back in their home districts/states for 22 days to meet with constituents.

Haven’t had the chance to make your voice heard? No worries! There is still time.

Here’s how:

Who are my representatives? Visit www.house.gov  and  www.senate.gov  to find your representative and contact their local office to make an appointment.

Want to visit your Senator in DC? In state? Learn how to schedule a meeting and make the most impact with our How-To: Office Visit.

Want to attend a town hall instead?Town Hall Project has a simple search engine to find the nearest town hall meeting to you. Just enter in your zip code. Use our How-To: Town Hall to help you prepare. Bring your friends and family to make your voice heard!

Time Sensitive Call to Action: Tell Your Representatives to Co-Sign H.Res.257
As the recent events in Charlottesville, VA, and the mosque bombing in Minnesota demonstrate, we must act now to protect the rights of all citizens and preserve the American principles of justice and equality.
Congress needs to act against hate crimes and incidents that target communities of faith and color, especially Muslim Americans.

Now is the time to call upon your members in the House of Representatives to take a clear stance against hate crimes.

H.Res.257 is a bipartisan House resolution that condemns hate crimes and any other form of racism, religious or ethnic bias, discrimination, incitement of violence, or animus targeting a minority in the United States and calls for stronger reporting and analysis of hate crimes and incidents. It was introduced by Rep. Comstock (R-VA-10) and has gathered 22 co-signers. The senate version of the resolution (S.118), introduced by Sen. Harris (D-CA), passed unanimously. 

TIP: Tell your Congressional representative how hate crimes impact you and your community and encourage them to support and protect Muslims through such resolutions. Personal stories can truly influence decision maker.

Let us know how your visits went by emailing us at info@poligonnational.org.

 Stay Active,

Wardah, Afif, Nadia, and Ayesha Ali