June 2018

Congress Separates Families, Poligon Rallies

Salaam, and welcome to our June 2018 newsletter! See below for what we were up to last month, as well as our upcoming events:

Poligon Reacts to SCOTUS Ruling Upholding Muslim Ban 3.0
Poligon rallied outside the Supreme Court after its decision to uphold President Trump’s Muslim Ban 3.0. The fight continues. Watch Poligon’s livestream of the protest here. You can also see Poligon’s President, Wardah Khalid, and Development Director, Ayesha Syed Ali, break down what the decision means from their live recorded reaction video in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Poligon Co-Sponsors #FamiliesBelongTogetherMarch
Poligon team members marched alongside thousands in Washington D.C. in solidarity to end family separations and detention. Poligon is proud to have co-sponsored the event alongside other allies and faith-based organizations. See what Poligon’s Development Director, Ayesha Syed Ali, had to say while attending the protest here.

Poligon Resumes Trainings Around the Country
Now that Ramadan has passed, Poligon will be resuming our Congressional Advocacy 101 Trainings in communities across the country. To schedule a training in your community in this critical election year, please email: info@poligonnational.org 

Upcoming Events:

Poligon President, Wardah Khalid, will be a keynote speaker at thePlatform Convention on July 14-16. You can purchase tickets here.

Stop by our booth at ISNA! More details coming soon.

Poligon will be presenting at the following sessions, Aug. 2-4:
From Protest to Policy Change: Congressional Advocacy 101
The Trump Threat Level: Resisting Dangerous National Security and Foreign Policy
Interfaith 2.0: Harnessing the Power of Interfaith Advocacy for Progress

In The News:

Press Release: Poligon Condemns Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Muslim Ban

Faith Leaders and Faith Groups Support Bipartisan Senate Farm Bill. Check out the statement by Poligon’s Acting Executive Director, Afif Rahman, in support of the Senate Farm Bill.

Wardah Khalid in Vox: Trump White House under fire after lack of Muslim-American representation at Ramadan celebration

Wardah Khalid in ABC7 WJLA: Hundreds gather at Supreme Court to protest decision to uphold travel ban

Wisconsin Public Radio: SCOTUS Upholds Trump’s Travel Ban (Wardah Khalid begins speaking at 30:41)
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.

June 08, 2018: Families Facing Rent Increases, President’s Authority on Tariffs, Bipartisan Prison Reform Bill, White House Signs Law to Expand Veteran Healthcare

June 22, 2018: House Republicans Delay “Comprehensive” Immigration Vote Again, Democrats Introduce Bills to End Family Separation at Border, House Budget Committee, Senate Passes Resolution Recognizing Muslim American Contributions

June 29, 2018: Farm Bill, GOP “Compromise” Immigration Bill Fails, Bill to Increase State Control over Federal Education Funding, Bill to Curb Workplace Harassment
Action Alert:
Help Immigrant Children Separated from Parents at the Border!

Stay active,Wardah, Ayesha, Afif, Nadia, Farah, and the Poligon team

Tell Congress NO to Starving the Hungry! #MuslimsAgainstHunger

Congress tried to cut $20 Billion from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the Farm Bill.

SNAP provides effective food assistance to 42 Million Americans and more than 10 times what all U.S. food banks combined can provide.

Poligon, ISNA, and our partners fought back on these proposed cuts. The bill FAILED.
But, Republicans in Congress want a REVOTE

We CANNOT support a #FarmBill that cuts funding for SNAP and intentionally hurts low-income families, workers, women, children, and seniors

Call your Representative and Senators to protect funding for SNAP!

#MuslimsAgainstHunger #SNAPworks #HandsOffSNAP


Call your Representative and Two Senators (call 202-224-3121) now and urge them to OPPOSE cuts to SNAP!  

Check how your Representative in the House voted on the Farm Bill the first time.
Sample Calling Script:
Hello, my name is _________ and I’m a constituent of Senator/Representative ________. I’m calling because I oppose any version of the Farm Bill that makes drastic cuts to SNAP. SNAP is an extremely effective program combatting hunger and poverty by serving over 42 million Americans and lifting 8 million people out of poverty yearly. Imposing harsher work requirements than those that already exist will hurt workforce participation and punish hardworking, low-income workers and families with children who already struggle to put food on the table. People should not have to choose between working and staying alive. I urge Senator/Representative ___________ to work across the aisle and draft a Farm Bill that protects funding for SNAP and to oppose any proposal that does not do so. Will the Senator/Representative do so?

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

  • More than $8 in $10 in nutrition assistance go to households that include a child, a senior, or person with a disability. Yet these are some of the people hit hardest by the House GOP Farm Bill. #HandsOffSNAP #MuslimsAgainstHunger
  • The House will try to vote again on a bill that would take food assistance away from 2 million people. Call your Member of Congress and tell them to vote NO on a House Farm Bill that slashes funding for SNAP! (202) 224- 3121#MuslimsAgainstHunger #HandsOffSNAP
  • 53% of all SNAP households with children are headed by single mothers. Congress should protect #SNAP and not punish single parents and children. #HandsOffSNAP #MuslimsAgainstHunger

While fasting, Poligon and ISNA are on Capitol Hill today with our partners meeting with Senators and Representatives to protect access to food assistance and live out our values as Muslim Americans. 

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,

A Partnership of Poligon and ISNA

Put a STOP to Family Separation at the Border #KeepFamiliesTogether

Help Immigrant Children Separated from Parents at the Border!

Since May, more than 2,500 children have been separated from their families at the border as a result of the administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy.

Furthermore, Trump is proposing to force immigrant families at the border seeking asylum to have to choose between family separation or family detention.

This CANNOT go on any longer.

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Representative Jerry Nadler (D-NY-10) have introduced the Keep Families Together Act (S. 3036/H.R. 6315) to prevent the Department of Homeland Security from separating immigrant families detained at the U.S. border.

                            WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW

Call your two SENATORS and REPRESENTATIVE NOW to SUPPORT the Keep Families Together Act.

Separating children from families is inhumane and a betrayal of our values as Muslim Americans. We need to make meaningful progress to fix our broken immigration system.

  1. Don’t know who represents you in Congress? Find out who they are and what number to call HERE. (Every American has two Senators and one Representative). 
  2. Call all three of them using the scripts below to guide you.

Sample Calling Script:
Hi, my name is [YOUR NAME] and I’m a constituent of Senator/Representative ____________. I’m calling to ask that the Senator/Representative support and co-sponsor S. 3036/H.R. 6315, the Keep Families Together Act, to stop the separation of immigrant families at the U.S. border. This practice is immoral, harms innocent children, and is a betrayal of our values as Americans. Trump’s zero-tolerance policy, including his subsequent executive order encouraging family detention, is unacceptable, and Congress must act in order to ensure due process for asylum seekers and keep families together. Will the Senator/Representative support the bill to keep immigrant families together?

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, Ayesha, Nadia, Wardah, and Farah

Poligon Condemns Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Muslim Ban

June 26, 2018
CONTACT: info@poligonnational.org

Washington, D.C. – Poligon Education Fund strongly denounces today’s Supreme Court decision to uphold the third iteration of the Muslim Ban in the case of Trump v. Hawaii. In doing so, the Court ignored President Trump’s intention to ban Muslims from entering the United States via his numerous anti-Muslim remarks. The decision does not change the fact that the ban is nothing short of un-American and Islamophobic.

“This is a dark day in our nation’s history,” said Poligon President, Wardah Khalid. “The Supreme Court’s ruling sends a deeply disturbing message to the American people and the world: that it is permissible to discriminate against people on the basis of their faith. We have seen the devastating impact this ban has already had on refugees and immigrants from Muslim majority countries. It also brings to mind another dark period in our history, when the Court upheld state-sponsored internment of Japanese Americans. This is an ominous sign for what is yet to come from this administration.” 

As with the first iteration of the Muslim ban, we are confident that the American people shall see the ruling for what it is: a shameful and clear betrayal of our American values that guarantees basic freedoms for all. The fight is not over. We will continue to urge Congress to speak out against the ban, pass legislation to rescind the executive order, block federal funding for it, and implement accountability and oversight over the administration for this Islamophobic policy.”

Poligon Education Fund is a non profit, non-partisan organization working to strengthen Muslim American engagement with Congress through education and advocacy on issues of concern to the community and its allies. Learn more at www.poligonnational.org.