November 2017

Taxes, trainings, and giving thanks

Salaam, and welcome to our November newsletter! See below for what we were up to this month:
​Not One Penny Rally

Poligon attended a rally on the day the House Republican tax plan was released, with members of Congress and advocates calling for a tax reform plan that would give “not one penny” in tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations. Rep. Lee (D-TX-18) and other members criticized the plan for enabling cuts to government programs like Medicare and affordable housing assistance.

Training at George Mason University

The Mason Muslim Affairs Council hosted us for a training on Congressional advocacy at GMU. Students left the training feeling better prepared to attend town hall meetings and contact their elected representatives about the issues that mattered to them. To bring a training to your community, e-mail us at info@poligonnational.org.

Conversation on Tax Reform with Senator Ron Wyden

We attended a talk by Sen. Wyden (D-OR), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, at the Urban Institute. Sen. Wyden expressed his concerns about the Republican tax reform plan, and cited his efforts to implement a bipartisan tax reform package in the 1980s as a model for future reforms.

Training Webinar with MPower Change

We partnered with MPower Change to give an online training in Congressional advocacy for Muslims across the country.

#Faith4TaxJustice Advocacy

Throughout the month we joined other faith-based organizations in the Interreligious Working Group on Domestic Human Needs (DHN) to discuss the Republican tax reform plan with Sen. Roberts (R-KS), Sen. Scott (R-SC), and Sen. Corker (R-TN), and advocated for stronger financial support for low-income and middle class families.

Faithful Budget Briefing

Poligon attended a Congressional briefing where faith leaders presented their framework for a federal budget that embodies faith principles of compassion and justice, and explained how proposed government cuts would undermine the services they provide to people in need.

#GivingTuesday Fundraiser

Thanks to your generous support, we surpassed our fundraising goal for Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving to support non-profit organizations. You can continue to donate to our Facebook fundraiser through the end of the year.

In the News:

In the wake of a series of anti-Muslim retweets by President Trump, Poligon was featured by HelloGiggles as one of nine organizations to support against anti-Muslim bigotry.

Action Alerts:

November 14, 2017: Thanksgiving Recess
November 29, 2017: Stop the Destructive Senate Tax Bill!

​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.
November 3, 2017: GOP Tax Reform Plan, Limiting Lawsuits Against Financial Institutions, Domestic Violence Records Reporting, the Access to Affordable Housing Act, Reauthorizing CHIP Funding.

November 10, 2017: Progress on Tax Reform, Blocking the Muslim Ban, Closing Gun Access Loophole, Studying Mass Shootings and Domestic Violence, The SAFE Justice Act.

November 17, 2017: Increase in Hate Crimes, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Strengthening Background Checks for Gun Purchases, Help Students Repay Act, Permanent Residency for TPS Residents​​

We’re Hiring:

We’re looking for 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:

  • 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 Muslim Americans and our allies on Capitol Hill. Feel free to forward this newsletter to others.

Stay active,
Ayesha, Afif, Nadia, and Wardah

Stop the Destructive Senate Tax Bill!

​Tell your Senators to Oppose H.R. 1

The Senate is voting this week on a tax bill that will cause enormous harm to most Americans. We don’t have a lot of time to stop this massive bill – Congressional leaders want it on President Trump’s desk as soon as possible.

This tax bill is fundamentally flawed beyond repair – in three big ways:

  • It is regressive, giving giant tax cuts to large corporations and the wealthiest households while raising taxes on everyone else. By the time it is fully enacted, all households earning less than $75,000 will see a tax increase. Those with incomes between $20,000 and $30,000 will face a tax hike of 25 percent! At least 70% of American Muslims could see their taxes increase under this plan.
  • It is irresponsible, growing deficits by at least $1.5 trillion over the next decade. This will put enormous pressure on Congress to cut essential programs,such as Medicare, Medicaid, housing assistance, college financial aid, and more. The plan could also immediately undermine tax breaks for state and local taxescharitable donations, and interest payments on student loans.
  • It threatens health coverage for millions. By repealing the individual mandate to have health insurance, Congressional leaders get hundreds of billions in savings to pay for corporate tax cuts. But as a result, 13 million people will become uninsured and millions of people will see significant premium increases.
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What You Can Do Now

Your voice can make a powerful difference in the outcome of this legislation. We have to stop this bill’s momentum. Only a strong outcry from constituents like you can achieve that.

Call Congress Today:
Click here to find your Senators and call their offices today. Or just call 1-888-885-1748.
Sample Calling Script:
Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent of Senator ___________. I’m calling to express my opposition to the tax reform plan being voted on this week, H.R. 1. [Short personal anecdote about how your taxes would be negatively impacted, if applicable]. According to the Congressional Budget Office, this plan will raise taxes on many Americans to pay for tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy. This is unacceptable. Will Senator ___________ oppose this legislation?

Use Social Media:
Let your members of Congress and your social networks know what you think of this bill. Here are some sample tweets:

  • Did you know? At least 70% of American Muslims could see their taxes increase under the #GOPTaxPlan being voted on this week #Faith4TaxJustice
  • The #GOPTaxPlan goes against values of fairness, fiscal discipline, and our moral responsibility to care for the vulnerable #Faith4TaxJustice
  • The #GOPTaxPlan would add $1.5+ trillion to the deficit, threatening funding for healthcare, food and nutrition, housing, education, and much more. #Faith4TaxJustice

Let us know how your calls went and feel free to ask us any questions by e-mailing us at info@poligonnational.org.
Stay active,
Afif, Nadia, Ayesha, and Wardah

Stop the Destructive Senate Tax Bill!

Tell your Senators to Oppose H.R. 1

The Senate is voting this week on a tax bill that will cause enormous harm to most Americans. We don’t have a lot of time to stop this massive bill – Congressional leaders want it on President Trump’s desk as soon as possible.

This tax bill is fundamentally flawed beyond repair – in three big ways:

  • It is regressive, giving giant tax cuts to large corporations and the wealthiest households while raising taxes on everyone else. By the time it is fully enacted, all households earning less than $75,000 will see a tax increase. Those with incomes between $20,000 and $30,000 will face a tax hike of 25 percent! At least 70% of American Muslims could see their taxes increase under this plan.
  • It is irresponsible, growing deficits by at least $1.5 trillion over the next decade. This will put enormous pressure on Congress to cut essential programs,such as Medicare, Medicaid, housing assistance, college financial aid, and more. The plan could also immediately undermine tax breaks for state and local taxescharitable donations, and interest payments on student loans.
  • It threatens health coverage for millions. By repealing the individual mandate to have health insurance, Congressional leaders get hundreds of billions in savings to pay for corporate tax cuts. But as a result, 13 million people will become uninsured and millions of people will see significant premium increases.
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What You Can Do Now

Your voice can make a powerful difference in the outcome of this legislation. We have to stop this bill’s momentum. Only a strong outcry from constituents like you can achieve that.

Call Congress Today:
Click here to find your Senators and call their offices today. Or just call 1-888-885-1748.
Sample Calling Script:
Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent of Senator ___________. I’m calling to express my opposition to the tax reform plan being voted on this week, H.R. 1. [Short personal anecdote about how your taxes would be negatively impacted, if applicable]. According to the Congressional Budget Office, this plan will raise taxes on many Americans to pay for tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy. This is unacceptable. Will Senator ___________ oppose this legislation?

Use Social Media:
Let your members of Congress and your social networks know what you think of this bill. Here are some sample tweets:

  • Did you know? At least 70% of American Muslims could see their taxes increase under the #GOPTaxPlan being voted on this week #Faith4TaxJustice
  • The #GOPTaxPlan goes against values of fairness, fiscal discipline, and our moral responsibility to care for the vulnerable #Faith4TaxJustice
  • The #GOPTaxPlan would add $1.5+ trillion to the deficit, threatening funding for healthcare, food and nutrition, housing, education, and much more. #Faith4TaxJustice

Let us know how your calls went and feel free to ask us any questions by e-mailing us at info@poligonnational.org.
Stay active,
Afif, Nadia, Ayesha, and Wardah