June 2020

Letter: Urging Congress to Direct More COVID-19 Testing into Underserved Communities

Poligon has joined 120+ organizations in signing a letter urging lawmakers to direct more COVID-19 testing into under served communities. Congress must increase COVID-19 testing nationwide to address the needs of our most vulnerable communities being hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic.

We urge leaders in Congress to make resources available to meet those who are most in need where they are, including allocating funding and creating incentives for:

  • Community health centers, hospitals, and nonprofit organizations in minority, low-income, and underserved communities to bring testing to those who wouldn’t otherwise have access
  • These organizations to use local infrastructure, community health workers and others in their workforce,and distribution channels to increase testing in these communities
  • Mobile testing units

Testing to Underserved Letter.pdf

Poligon Education Fund Marks 2nd Anniversary of SCOTUS Decision to Uphold the Muslim Ban

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 26, 2020
Contact: info@poligonnational.org

Poligon Education Fund Marks 2nd Anniversary of SCOTUS Decision to Uphold the Muslim Ban
Urges Congress to Pass the NO BAN Act 
Washington, D.C. – Today, June 26th, is the second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Muslim Ban 3.0. As a result, family members living abroad have been unable to reunite with their loved ones in the U.S. because of their religion and ethnicity. While there have been several iterations of the ban, Muslim Ban 3.0 targets individuals from Muslim majority countries including Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen and offers a sham waiver process, denying 98% of applicants.

Poligon Board President Wardah Khalid issued the following statement on the anniversary:
“The hate-fueled Muslim Ban, which has now extended into an Africa Ban, was introduced by this administration as a symbol of racism, religious discrimination, and white supremacy. Three and a half years since the first Muslim and refugee ban was enacted, countless families remain separated due to this policy, and U.S. refugee resettlement numbers continue to drop to historic lows. Congress must end this immoral anti-Muslim and anti-Black ban by passing the NO BAN Act now.”

The NO BAN Act, introduced by Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA-27) in the House and Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) in the Senate, prohibits religious discrimination when issuing visas to immigrants seeking to travel to the United States of America. Poligon has worked tirelessly in coalition to introduce and push forward this legislation and looks forward to the day when this unethical and un-American ban is repealed. 

Poligon Education Fund is a non profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to strengthening Muslim American engagement with Congress through research, education, and advocacy. Learn more at www.poligonnational.org.

Urge Congress to Pass the NO BAN Act

Today, June 26th, is the second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Muslim Ban 3.0. As a result, family members living abroad have been unable to reunite with their loved ones in the U.S. because of their religion and ethnicity. While there have been several iterations of the ban, Muslim Ban 3.0 targets individuals from Muslim majority countries including Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen and offers a sham waiver process, denying 98% of applicants. Congress must pass the NO BAN Act and #RepealTheBan!

We need your voice: Tell Congress to speak out against the Muslim Ban and to pass the NO BAN Act!

WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW:

  1. Sign our sponsored petition to send Congress a message to end Trump’s Muslim Ban and guarantee immigrants equal treatment under the law. Click here to sign the petition.
  2.  Call Congress to pass the NO BAN act: Call your Representative (call 202-224-3121) now and urge them end the Muslim Ban.
    1. Sample Call Script: Hello, my name is ______ and I’m a constituent of Senator/Representative _____. I’m calling to ask you to oppose the latest expansion to the Muslim Travel Ban and to vote to pass the NO BAN Act. The Muslim Travel Ban does not represent American values and it violates our Constitution. This ban must not be tolerated as it harms the Muslim and faith community. I urge Senator/Representative _____ to speak against the Muslim Ban and repeal the ban by supporting the No Ban Act. Will the Senator/Representative do so?
  3. Make a donation to help fight this discrimination: Become a donor so we can continue to increase Muslim American engagement on Capitol Hill. You can also make a bigger impact by sharing our donation page on your social media platform.
  4. Stay updated: Click here for resources on the Muslim Ban, which includes guides of what countries are currently restricted, ban exemption and waivers for entry. 

Call Congress to Pass the Justice in Policing Act

For weeks now, racial justice protests opposing police brutality have occurred across the country. Congress must take action. These acts of violence are inexcusable as are the discrimination and institutional racism that have targeted Black people since even before the inception of this nation.

On Thursday, the House will be voting on H.R.7120, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, to hold law enforcement officials accountable for their actions. The bill bans chokeholds and “no-knock” warrants, ends racial and religious profiling, eliminates “qualified immunity” for police officers, collects data on police misconduct and use-of-force, limits transfer of military equipment to law enforcement departments, requires body-worn cameras, and classifies lynching as a hate crime. 

We urge Senators to support the Senate version of the Justice in Policing Act, S.3912.

Although this bill will not resolve all of our country’s problems with policing, it is a vital first step. And we need your help to make sure it passes.

We need your voice: Tell Congress to hold law enforcement officials accountable for their actions and implement policies to end these injustices. 

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Check if your Representative co-sponsored the bill or if your Senator has co-sponsored the Senate version of the bill. Call your Representative and Senator if they have not co-sponsored the bill (call 202-224-3121).

Sample Call Script:
Hi, my name is ________ and I am your constituent calling to urge you to support H.R.7120, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, to hold law enforcement officials accountable for their actions. We need policies to stop police misconduct and to end anti-Black police brutality. I urge Representative _____ to support the passage of this bill. Will the Representative do so?

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

Stay active,
Zayn Hasan, Legislative Fellow

Call on your Senator to Provide Relief to Communities Impacted by COVID-19

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The United States has surpassed over 100,000 deaths due to COVID-19 and the poverty rate is expected to rise dramatically to 13.3% of Americans unemployed. While the House passed the H.R.6800, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, a bill that would address many challenges faced by families and vulnerable communities, consideration for a next stimulus package has been stalled in the Senate. We urge the Senate to ensure these provisions approved by the House in its HEROES Act are included in the next COVID-19 relief package before the July 4 recess: 
Ensure access to food: 

  • ​Increase SNAP’s maximum benefit by 15 percent from June 1, 2020, through September 30, 2021
  • An increase for all SNAP households averaging about $25 per person per month
  • ​Raise the minimum SNAP benefit from $15 per month to $30.

Ensure immigrant-inclusion: 

  • Access to free COVID-19 testing and treatment by uninsured people, regardless of their immigration status.
  • Immigrant taxpayers receive stimulus checks from previous relief bills. 
  • An extension of work permits and protection from deportation for immigrants

Ensure safe voting access: 

  • Allocate $3.6 billion for protective equipment and supplies needed to manage the 2020 elections, and protect voters’ and poll workers’ health.

We need your voice: Tell the Senate to provide relief to families impacted by COVID-19.

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Check if your Senator supports this bill.  Call your Senator if they have not supported the bill (call 202-224-3121).
Sample Call Script:
Hi, my name is ________ and I am your constituent calling to urge you to ensure these provisions in H.R. 6800 are included in the next COVID-19 package: ensure access to food, safe voting access, and ensure immigrants are included to receive relief. I urge Senator _____ to support these provisions of the bill and to include them in the next COVID-19 relief package before the July 4th recess. Will the Senator do so?
Let us know how your advocacy went and feel free to ask us any questions by emailing us at info@poligonnational.org.

Call on your Senator to Provide Relief to Communities Impacted by COVID-19

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The United States has surpassed over 100,000 deaths due to COVID-19 and the poverty rate is expected to rise dramatically to 13.3% of Americans unemployed. While the House passed the H.R.6800, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, a bill that would address many challenges faced by families and vulnerable communities, consideration for a next stimulus package has been stalled in the Senate. We urge the Senate to ensure these provisions approved by the House in its HEROES Act are included in the next COVID-19 relief package before the July 4 recess: 
Ensure access to food: 

  • ​Increase SNAP’s maximum benefit by 15 percent from June 1, 2020, through September 30, 2021
  • An increase for all SNAP households averaging about $25 per person per month
  • ​Raise the minimum SNAP benefit from $15 per month to $30.

Ensure immigrant-inclusion: 

  • Access to free COVID-19 testing and treatment by uninsured people, regardless of their immigration status.
  • Immigrant taxpayers receive stimulus checks from previous relief bills. 
  • An extension of work permits and protection from deportation for immigrants

Ensure safe voting access: 

  • Allocate $3.6 billion for protective equipment and supplies needed to manage the 2020 elections, and protect voters’ and poll workers’ health.

We need your voice: Tell the Senate to provide relief to families impacted by COVID-19.

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Check if your Senator supports this bill.  Call your Senator if they have not supported the bill (call 202-224-3121).
Sample Call Script:
Hi, my name is ________ and I am your constituent calling to urge you to ensure these provisions in H.R. 6800 are included in the next COVID-19 package: ensure access to food, safe voting access, and ensure immigrants are included to receive relief. I urge Senator _____ to support these provisions of the bill and to include them in the next COVID-19 relief package before the July 4th recess. Will the Senator do so?
Let us know how your advocacy went and feel free to ask us any questions by emailing us at info@poligonnational.org.

Call on your Senator to Provide Relief to Communities Impacted by COVID-19

Picture

The United States has surpassed over 100,000 deaths due to COVID-19 and the poverty rate is expected to rise dramatically to 13.3% of Americans unemployed. While the House passed the H.R.6800, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, a bill that would address many challenges faced by families and vulnerable communities, consideration for a next stimulus package has been stalled in the Senate. We urge the Senate to ensure these provisions approved by the House in its HEROES Act are included in the next COVID-19 relief package before the July 4 recess: 
Ensure access to food: 

  • ​Increase SNAP’s maximum benefit by 15 percent from June 1, 2020, through September 30, 2021
  • An increase for all SNAP households averaging about $25 per person per month
  • ​Raise the minimum SNAP benefit from $15 per month to $30.

Ensure immigrant-inclusion: 

  • Access to free COVID-19 testing and treatment by uninsured people, regardless of their immigration status.
  • Immigrant taxpayers receive stimulus checks from previous relief bills. 
  • An extension of work permits and protection from deportation for immigrants

Ensure safe voting access: 

  • Allocate $3.6 billion for protective equipment and supplies needed to manage the 2020 elections, and protect voters’ and poll workers’ health.

We need your voice: Tell the Senate to provide relief to families impacted by COVID-19.

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Check if your Senator supports this bill.  Call your Senator if they have not supported the bill (call 202-224-3121).
Sample Call Script:
Hi, my name is ________ and I am your constituent calling to urge you to ensure these provisions in H.R. 6800 are included in the next COVID-19 package: ensure access to food, safe voting access, and ensure immigrants are included to receive relief. I urge Senator _____ to support these provisions of the bill and to include them in the next COVID-19 relief package before the July 4th recess. Will the Senator do so?
Let us know how your advocacy went and feel free to ask us any questions by emailing us at info@poligonnational.org.

Call your Senator to Provide Relief to Communities Impacted by COVID-19 (Immigrant Inclusion)

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The United States has surpassed over 100,000 deaths due to COVID-19 and the poverty rate is expected to rise dramatically to 13.3% of Americans unemployed. While the House passed the H.R.6800, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, a bill that would address many challenges faced by families and vulnerable communities, consideration for a next stimulus package has been stalled in the Senate. We urge the Senate to ensure these provisions approved by the House in its HEROES Act are included in the next COVID-19 relief package before the July 4 recess: 
Ensure access to food: 

  • ​Increase SNAP’s maximum benefit by 15 percent from June 1, 2020, through September 30, 2021
  • An increase for all SNAP households averaging about $25 per person per month
  • ​Raise the minimum SNAP benefit from $15 per month to $30.

Ensure immigrant-inclusion: 

  • Access to free COVID-19 testing and treatment by uninsured people, regardless of their immigration status.
  • Immigrant taxpayers receive stimulus checks from previous relief bills. 
  • An extension of work permits and protection from deportation for immigrants

Ensure safe voting access: 

  • Allocate $3.6 billion for protective equipment and supplies needed to manage the 2020 elections, and protect voters’ and poll workers’ health.

We need your voice: Tell the Senate to provide relief to families impacted by COVID-19.

Picture

Check if your Senator supports this bill.  Call your Senator if they have not supported the bill (call 202-224-3121).
Sample Call Script:
Hi, my name is ________ and I am your constituent calling to urge you to ensure these provisions in H.R. 6800 are included in the next COVID-19 package: ensure access to food, safe voting access, and ensure immigrants are included to receive relief. I urge Senator _____ to support these provisions of the bill and to include them in the next COVID-19 relief package before the July 4th recess. Will the Senator do so?
Let us know how your advocacy went and feel free to ask us any questions by emailing us at info@poligonnational.org.

Call on your Senator to Provide Relief to Communities Impacted by COVID-19

Picture

The United States has surpassed over 100,000 deaths due to COVID-19 and the poverty rate is expected to rise dramatically to 13.3% of Americans unemployed. While the House passed the H.R.6800, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, a bill that would address many challenges faced by families and vulnerable communities, consideration for a next stimulus package has been stalled in the Senate. We urge the Senate to ensure these provisions approved by the House in its HEROES Act are included in the next COVID-19 relief package before the July 4 recess: 
Ensure access to food: 

  • ​Increase SNAP’s maximum benefit by 15 percent from June 1, 2020, through September 30, 2021
  • An increase for all SNAP households averaging about $25 per person per month
  • ​Raise the minimum SNAP benefit from $15 per month to $30.

Ensure immigrant-inclusion: 

  • Access to free COVID-19 testing and treatment by uninsured people, regardless of their immigration status.
  • Immigrant taxpayers receive stimulus checks from previous relief bills. 
  • An extension of work permits and protection from deportation for immigrants

Ensure safe voting access: 

  • Allocate $3.6 billion for protective equipment and supplies needed to manage the 2020 elections, and protect voters’ and poll workers’ health.

We need your voice: Tell the Senate to provide relief to families impacted by COVID-19.

Picture

Check if your Senator supports this bill.  Call your Senator if they have not supported the bill (call 202-224-3121).
Sample Call Script:
Hi, my name is ________ and I am your constituent calling to urge you to ensure these provisions in H.R. 6800 are included in the next COVID-19 package: ensure access to food, safe voting access, and ensure immigrants are included to receive relief. I urge Senator _____ to support these provisions of the bill and to include them in the next COVID-19 relief package before the July 4th recess. Will the Senator do so?
Let us know how your advocacy went and feel free to ask us any questions by emailing us at info@poligonnational.org.

TAKE ACTION: Call on your Senator to Provide Relief to Communities Impacted by COVID-19

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The United States has surpassed over 100,000 deaths due to COVID-19 and the poverty rate is expected to rise dramatically to 13.3% of Americans unemployed. While the House passed the H.R.6800, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, a bill that would address many challenges faced by families and vulnerable communities, consideration for a next stimulus package has been stalled in the Senate. We urge the Senate to ensure these provisions approved by the House in its HEROES Act are included in the next COVID-19 relief package before the July 4 recess: 

Ensure access to food: 

  • ​Increase SNAP’s maximum benefit by 15 percent from June 1, 2020, through September 30, 2021
  • An increase for all SNAP households averaging about $25 per person per month
  • ​Raise the minimum SNAP benefit from $15 per month to $30.

Ensure immigrant-inclusion: 

  • Access to free COVID-19 testing and treatment by uninsured people, regardless of their immigration status.
  • Immigrant taxpayers receive stimulus checks from previous relief bills. 
  • An extension of work permits and protection from deportation for immigrants

Ensure safe voting access: 

  • Allocate $3.6 billion for protective equipment and supplies needed to manage the 2020 elections, and protect voters’ and poll workers’ health.

We need your voice: Tell the Senate to provide relief to families impacted by COVID-19. Click here to take action!