December 2018

Poligon Education Fund Welcomes Passage of the Farm Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 20, 2018
CONTACT: info@poligonnational.org

Washington, D.C. – Poligon Education Fund welcomes the passage of H.R. 2 and S. 3042, also known as The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 or Farm Bill.
“Poligon applauds the bipartisan effort which led to the passage of this bill and is grateful to have worked with many organizational partners and faith communities to protect SNAP and other benefits that Americans rely on to survive,” said Poligon Founder and President, Wardah Khalid. “The alternative would have been devastating for these Americans and runs counter to our values as Muslim Americans. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) once said, ‘He is not a Muslim who goes to bed satiated while his neighbor goes hungry.'”

Earlier in the year, Poligon expressed concern at an ultimately failed version of the bill. Proposing to cut $20 billion dollars in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits over the next 10 years, which is equivalent to 13 billion meals, and impose harsher work requirements on those seeking to access food assistance, created additional barriers to SNAP participation. While the recently passed bill is not perfect, it, fortunately, did not implement the original cuts that caused the bill to fail.
There are still ways that SNAP and other benefits can be curtailed on an administrative level, and Poligon will continue to work to oppose them. In the meantime, we welcome this victory as a necessary step to keep the program funded.

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

December Newsletter

Salaam, and welcome to our December 2018 newsletter! Here’s what we were up to last month:

Muslim Ban Letter to Congress with 118 Organizations
Poligon, along with 118 national, state, and local organizations sent a letter to Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Representative Jerry Nadler (D-NY) requesting a hearing on Proclamation 9645 also known as the Muslim Ban. Congress has done nothing for almost two years since the policy has been passed.  

Delivering a Petition Against the Muslim Ban to Congress
Poligon joined Muslim advocates and allies on Capitol Hill to deliver a petition signed by 150,000 people, urging members to repeal the Muslim Ban that has ripped families apart. Poligon Founder and President Wardah Khalid had the opportunity to engage with fellow Muslim leaders at year end galas of Muslim Advocates, Islamic Relief USA Gala, ISNA, and Quaker allies at the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL).
Press Releases

December 20, 2018: Poligon Education Fund welcomes the passage of H.R. 2 and S. 3042, also known as The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 or Farm Bill.

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.

December 7, 2018: Democratic House Members Propose Religious Exemption to Headwear Ban, House Democrats Reveal First Bill for New Congress, Congress Passes Two-Week Funding Extension to Avert Shutdown

December 14, 2018Trump Clashes with Pelosi and Schumer on Wall Funding, Congress Overhauls Sexual Harassment Policy, Senate to Vote On Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Bill 

December 21, 2018: Senate Votes to Make Lynching a Federal Crime, Sen. Gillibrand Pushes for End to Cash Bail System, Trump Administration Announces Bump Stocks Ban

Our New Legislative Fellow: 
Ruwa Romman
 graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Oglethorpe University in 2015, where she served as President of Student Government and COEXIST Oglethorpe. She is passionate about politics, civic engagement, and interfaith dialogue and hopes to empower as many people as possible to become more civically engaged. She has worked as a Field Organizer for the Georgia Muslim Voter Project and served as Communications Director at CAIR Georgia. Ruwa is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Policy from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University.
Our New Media Intern: 
Isbah Usmani
 is a freshman at the University of Houston majoring in Finance, where she is an active member in the Finance Association and in the Bauer Honors College. She is passionate about helping grow Muslims’ awareness in politics and hopes to expand Poligon’s social media outreach. 
Stay active and Happy New Year!
Wardah, Afif, Nadia, Aksa, and the Poligon team