January 2018

When the government shuts down, Poligon keeps going

Salaam, and welcome to our January newsletter! See below for what we were up to this month and our upcoming events:
Congressional Advocacy Training with MACCPAC
Poligon gave a training at Georgetown University for high school students as part of the Muslim American Citizens Coalition & Public Affairs Council (MACCPAC)’s winter Youth Leadership Summit.
Findings from Pew Research Center’s 2017 Survey of U.S. Muslims
We attended a presentation by Dr. Besheer Mohamed of the Pew Research Center on a nationwide survey of Muslim Americans. The survey found that while many Muslim Americans are worried about facing discrimination and hate crimes, they remain proud to be American. ​
#CantBanThis: Poligon’s First Anniversary Bash
We celebrated our first anniversary with poster-making and a renewed commitment to amplifying Muslim American voices in Congress. Our guest speaker, Yasmine Taeb, spoke about her experience being the first Muslim woman elected to the DNC and the need for more Muslim involvement in the political process. We also presented a proclamation from Sen. Durbin (D-IL) congratulating Poligon on its first anniversary.
Muslim/Refugee Ban: A Year of Resistance
Poligon co-sponsored a mobilization at the White House to mark the anniversary of the first Muslim ban. Interfaith allies formed a ring of protection as Muslims performed the dhuhr prayer. We also participated in a #NoMuslimBanEver Twitter storm the day before the event.
Panel on What to Expect at President Trump’s First State of the Union
We attended a panel discussion by experts at the Brookings Institution on what President Trump’s first State of the Union address would contain and what it would mean for members of Congress from both parties. The address was expected to set the tone for Congressional Republicans leading up to the November elections. Click here for Poligon’s analysis of the State of the Union address.

Upcoming Events

We’re headed to New York City on February 9th to do a Congressional advocacy training with the NYU Muslim Students Association! The training is free to attend with an RSVP – reserve your seat now!

Action Alerts

January 16, 2018: Tell Congress: Muslims, Refugees, and Dreamers Are Welcome Here

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.
January 12, 2018: Budget Fight Resumes, DACA Negotiations, Renewing Government Surveillance, Securing American Non-Profits Against Terrorism Act, SALT Deductibility Act, Tax Benefit for Homeschooling.

January 19, 2018: Government Again on the Brink of Shutdown, Bipartisan House DACA Plan, Senate Approves Surveillance Powers Renewal, Protecting Veterans from Predatory Lending Act​​​​.

January 26, 2018: Brief Government Shutdown, Protecting Independent Contractors, Bail Fairness Act, RAISE Family Caregivers Act Becomes Law, Presidential Appointment Confirmations.

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, Wardah, and Farah

Tell Congress: Muslims, Refugees, and Dreamers Are Welcome Here

It has been almost a year since President Trump issued his first executive order to restrict the entry of Muslims into the United States. Although all versions of the ban have been ruled to be discriminatory by multiple courts, Muslim Ban 3.0 is currently in effect and is causing heartbreak for American families and their relatives abroad.

The Trump administration has also cracked down on refugee admissions by instituting more burdensome screening requirements, lowering the United States’ annual refugee cap to 45,000, and proposing more limits on family reunification.

Meanwhile, Congress and the White House continue to stall on a solution for the 800,000 Dreamers who have lived in the United States since they were children after President Trump chose to discontinue DACA protections. Over 120 DACA recipients lose their status every day, and this number is expected to skyrocket after March 5th.

It’s up to you to help Congress uphold American values of pluralism and equal rights for all – and there are many ways you can take action!

What You Can Do Now

Meet with your members of Congress:
Members of Congress will be back in their home states from January 22nd to January 28th. Schedule a local Congressional office visit or attend a town hall meeting to directly let them know where you stand. For more information, check out our resources on advocacy.

Make phone-calls:
Click here to find your Senators and Representatives and call their offices today.

Sample Calling Scripts:
Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent of Senator/Representative ___________. I strongly oppose President Trump’s continued Muslim bans and restrictions on refugee resettlement. I urge you to do everything in your power to see that the administration will resettle at least the 45,000 refugees they have set as the cap for 2018. Will Senator/Representative ___________ stand up for American values and oppose policies that discriminate against people based on their religious and ethnic background?

Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent of Senator/Representative ___________. I’m calling because I believe that the hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients should stop being used as political bargaining chips by President Trump and members of Congress. Will Senator/Representative ___________ support a bipartisan legislative solution that protects Dreamers?

Speak out on social media:
You can also amplify your message online to your social networks. Here are some sample tweets:

  • America is stronger because of our diversity. Today, and every day, we say #NoMuslimBanEver #RefugeesWelcome #StandWithDreamers
  • On the one year anniversary of the Muslim and refugee ban, tell your representatives in Congress to proclaim: #NoMuslimBanEver #RefugeesWelcome #WeAreAllAmerica
  • Despite new changes to the ban, Trump’s original intent remains the same: he wants to ban Muslims & refugees from entering the US. It remains discriminatory and immoral. #NoMuslimBanEver #RefugeesWelcome

Send a postcard to Congress:
Submit this form to have a postcard message opposing the travel and refugee bans delivered to your members of Congress.

Attend a grassroots event:
Poligon is co-sponsoring the January 27th mobilization in Washington, DC commemorating a year of resistance to the Muslim and refugee bans.

The evening before, Poligon will provide poster-making supplies and opportunities to become more involved this year at #CantBanThis, our first anniversary celebration. Get your tickets here.

Can’t make it to DC? Communities across the country are organizing events centered around the Muslim ban anniversary. Find one near you here.

Let us know how your advocacy went and feel free to ask us any questions by e-mailing us at info@poligonnational.org.

Stay active,
Afif, Nadia, Ayesha, Wardah, and Farah