March 2019

Poligon Stands With New Zealand Muslim Community

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 15, 2019
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Poligon Stands With New Zealand Muslim Community
Urges Lawmakers to Denounce and Eradicate Hate that Led to Attacks

Washington, D.C. – Poligon Education Fund is heartbroken at news of the horrific shooting in two New Zealand mosques, which resulted in at least 49 deaths and dozens of injuries of Muslims attending Friday prayers there.

“No one should ever feel unsafe in their house of worship,” Poligon Founder and President, Wardah Khalid, said. “Unfortunately, such attacks, which have targeted the Muslim community and other faith communities before, will happen again unless we address the xenophobic, racist, and Islamophobic campaign that fueled them. Thoughts and prayers are not enough.”

Poligon stood in solidarity with the American Jewish community after the tragic Pittsburgh synagogue shooting last October and has continuously joined interfaith partners in calling on Members of Congress and the President to denounce hateful policies like the Muslim Ban and pass legislation condemning hate crimes. Tragedies like the Christchurch shooting serve as reminders that our work to ensure all people can live in peace and security is far from complete.

We will keep the victims and their families in our prayers. Those who wish to do so may donate to the United for Christchurch Mosque campaign here.

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.

March 2019 Newsletter

Salaam, and welcome to our March 2019 newsletter! Here’s what we were up to last month:
The New Zealand Shooting 
The entire Poligon team still mourns the loss of those affected by the tragic shootings that occurred in New Zealand. To support the victims and their families, we have partnered up with LaunchGood to help the Muslim community recover. Please help in supporting the United for Christchurch Mosque by donating here.
Press Conference to Stand with Ilhan
Poligon participated in a coalition that delivered a letter to Nancy Pelosi’s office that urged house leaders to include all forms of bigotry and hate in their resolution to condemn anti-Semitism as hateful expressions of intolerance. The original resolution was meant to punish Rep. Omar for her comments about Israel.
For the People Act Facebook Live
Poligon  Legislative Fellow, Ruwa Romman, held a Facebook Live discussing the For the People Act and what a motion to recommit in the House means. Watch here to find out more!
Women’s History Month & Muslim Women’s Day
Poligon participated in Women’s History Month by creating a campaign highlighting Muslim women who have been making a difference. Poligon also took part in Muslim Women’s Day on March 27th, as part of an initiative from Muslim Girl, to celebrate Muslim women and their contributions. Check out our campaign on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook
El-Hibri Foundation Training 
Poligon President, Wardah Khalid, spent a weekend with American Muslim leaders at an Executive Nonprofit Management Training by the El-Hibri Foundation. We are looking forward to implementing what we learned!
In the News
Wardah Khalid shared her thoughts in an op-ed for Bustle explaining why having an interfaith response to the shooting at the New Zealand mosque needs to be followed by political action.  

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.

March 1, 2019: House Passes Most Sweeping Gun Control Bill in Decades, Democrats Introduce Bill to Restore Voting Rights Act, Clyburn Pushes Next Steps on Criminal Justice Reform, Republican Senators Introduce Bill to Declare National Debt a Security Threat, Senator Proposes Taxing Stock Market Trades

March 8, 2019: House Democrats Introduce Bill for Federal Paid Family Leave, Senate On Track to Vote Against President’s National Emergency, House Democrats to Begin Discussing Drug Pricing Legislation, Committee Opens Probe Into Georgia Election, Senate Confirms Trump Nominee 

March 15, 2019: House Democrats Reintroduce the Dream and Promise Act, Senate Confirms Kavanaugh Replacement, Democrats Seek Relief After Tax Overhaul, Congress Invites NATO’s Secretary General for Rare Speech, Senate Democrat Responds to College Scandal

March 28, 2019: Lawmakers Press Tech Companies on Online Extremism, Senate Democrats Press for Puerto Rico Updates, House Votes to Condemn Transgender Military Ban, House Passes Paycheck Fairness Act, Senate Democrat Responds to College Scandal

Thank you for your support as we continue to help amplify the American Muslim voices in Congress. 

Stay active,Wardah, Faheem, Nadia, Aksa, and the Poligon team