April 2018

April Showers But Poligon Empowers

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

#NoMuslimBanEver Rally at Supreme Court
Poligon’s co-founders, Wardah Khalid and Afif Rahman, rallied outside the Supreme Court as it considered the third iteration of President Trump’s Muslim travel ban. A decision is expected in late June. Until then, Poligon stands against the discriminatory and unconstitutional practices of banning people from Muslim majority countries. Watch the full live stream here.

DMV Exchange
Poligon board member Ayesha Ali joined community leaders for an annual strategy and sharing session to benefit the local Muslim community in Washington D.C.

Poligon Participates in Hill Day
Poligon joined advocates on Capitol Hill to meet with members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry including Sen. John Boozman (R-LA), Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Sen. John Thune (R-SD), and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) to express concern about provisions governing food assistance in the Farm Bill ahead of the bill markup in the House. Check out statements made by Poligon and faith leaders on the Farm Bill.

Launch of Video Jumbotron Proclaiming #NoMuslimBanEver
Poligon President, Wardah Khalid, spoke out against Trump’s unconsitutional and un-American Muslim travel ban at the launch of a video jumbotron outside Union Station in D.C. Watch a video of the press conference here.

New Poligon Member
Welcome Poligon’s new Marketing & Social Media Intern, Akram Sirafi! Akram just graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Economics and Sociology. He has experience in marketing and has a passion for storytelling through digital media. Here’s what he had to say when joining Poligon, “Growing up, I didn’t see Muslim representation in Congress. All I saw were policies put in place post-9/11 that discriminated against and furthered a negative stereotype of Muslim Americans. I’m glad to join Poligon and be a part of the change I wish I had growing up.”
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In The News:


Poligon Co-Founder, Wardah Khalid spoke out at the Muslim Ban Rally and was quoted in this Talking Points Memo’s article ” ‘They Bomb Us, Then Ban Us:’ The Scene Outside the SCOTUS Before The Travel Ban Case “

Washington D.C.’s local ABC7 WJLA station video recorded Poligon President, Wardah Khalid, alongside other community leaders speaking out against the Muslim Ban before the Supreme Court Decision. See full article here.
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Upcoming Events:
Poligon Iftar in DC
The most blessed month of the year is here! Whether this is your first Ramadan in DC or 10th, join Poligon on May 23rd for an evening of fellowship, delicious food, and some of the best views in the District. Purchase your ticket here. Can’t attend in person? Make a zakat eligible and tax deductible donation here.

Send Poligon a clip to be featured in our video!
Poligon is creating video to address the needs of the community! We want to hear your voices and the issues you are most passionate about so together we can solve real problems. Submit a clip by May 11th for a chance to be featured and have your voice heard!

Action Alerts:
April 11th, 2018: Say No to Mike Pompeo

Weekly Hill Happenings:
We’ve been keeping you up-to-date of the latest on Capitol Hill with our Hill Happenings going straight to your inboxes every Friday.

April 27, 2018: Muslim Ban Goes to Supreme Court, Farm Bill Advances Out of House Committee, Senate Confirms Mike Pompeo as US Secretary of State, EAGLES Act of 2018, Social Media Privacy Protection and Consumer Rights Act
Stay active,Ayesha, Afif, Nadia, Wardah, and Farah