June 2020

Letter: Urging Senate to Boost SNAP Benefits

Poligon joined, Feeding American, and nearly 2,500 organizations, in sending a letter to the Senate urging to take action and increase SNAP benefit boosts, which can help limit the economic impacts this crisis threatens to exact.

This crisis demands a response that is commensurate with its scope and seriousness. For every one meal provided through the Feeding America food bank network, SNAP can provide nine meals on the normal rails of commerce. SNAP boosts must be an important part of an effective, comprehensive response to COVID-19.

It is urgent that Congress and the White House act now to provide:

  1. a 15 percent boost in the SNAP maximum benefit that would help all SNAP households
  2. an increase in the SNAP monthly minimum benefit from $16 to $30
  3. a suspension of SNAP time limits and rules changes that would cut SNAP eligibility and benefits

COVID-19 Relief Package- SNAP Letter.pdf

Letter: Urging Congress to Support the SNAP Provisions of the HEROES Act

Poligon and members of the Policy Committee of the National Muslim Task Force sent a letter to Senate leadership urging them to support the SNAP Provisions of the HEROES Act. 

food_insecurity_letter__final_.pdf

May Newsletter

Salaam, and welcome to our May 2020 newsletter! Here’s what we were up to this month:

Thank You for Your Support this Ramadan!
On behalf of the Poligon team, we want to thank everyone who supported Poligon during this Ramadan! We are deeply grateful, whether you donated online or helped spread the word. Thanks to your support, we raised $40,000! With your generous donations, we are able to continue amplifying American Muslim voices on Capitol Hill. Looking to give year round? Sign up to be a monthly donor.

Poligon’s Virtual Iftar
Thank you to everyone who joined Poligon’s virtual iftar. It was great to celebrate the holy month with all of you! We were joined by RepresentativesJudy Chu (D-CA-27) and André Carson (D-IN-7), who discussed the important work they are doing to protect vulnerable communities during this pandemic. We also received a special message from Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI-13) on the importance of engaging with Congress and to be a good neighbor during these trying times. Finally, congrats to the winner of our quiz, Zaheer, who will be receiving a gift card as his prize!

New Video: What Poligon is Doing to Fix the System!
Muslims are currently the least politically engaged faith group in the country.As our broken systems collapse under the pressure of Coronavirus, our community must have a voice in Congress to protect our rights and create positive policy change on issues that matter to us. Check out our new video to see what Poligon is doing to get Muslims and allies engaged in solving the problem.

Virtual Congressional Advocacy 101 Training 
Thank you to those who joined us for our virtual Congressional Advocacy 101 Training. The webinar discussed how to engage with your representatives and amplify your voice in the policymaking process from the comfort of your own home. If you missed our conversation, please fill out this form to receive the recording of the event.

#VoteSafe: Digital Lobby Day
Poligon joined the National Council of Jewish Women, Alpha Epsilon Phi, and other advocates for a digital lobby day to #ProtectTheVote. Speakers discussed the importance of vote by mail to ensure the safety of everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic. The digital lobby day included speaker Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), NCJW staff, and more. 

Upcoming Events

Congressional Advocacy 101 Training: A Critical Need For Healthcare
The National Muslim Task Force Policy Committee partners: Poligon, American Muslim Health Professionals, and Emgage are offering a free virtual training on Wednesday, June 3rd at 4 PM (EST) on how how you can use advocacy to enact change in healthcare and policy issues that matter to you. Click here to register.

Poligon and ISF Webinar: Working on the Hill
Tune in on June 4th to join Poligon President Wardah Khalid and Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF) on “Working on the Hill: Entering The Field of Public Policy” Webinar. Wardah will discuss networking, resume building, and the ins-and-outs of working on the Hill. Click here to register

Hill Happenings

In The News
Poligon President, Wardah Khalid interview with InnovatorsBox, where she discusses her experiences as an Asian American and what it means for her to be an innovator on May 13, 2020. Click here to watch here (Wardah begins speaking @18:30).

Poligon President, Wardah Khalid, was featured on Instag.Ramadan Instagram stories during Ramadan on May 14, 2020. Check out their Instagram highlights called “Wardah Khalid”.

Poligon was featured on MPower Change’s community blog, and hosted an Instagram take over for their #DigitalRamadan campaign on May 16, 2020. Check it out on their Instagram highlights called “PoligonTakeOver.

Poligon President, Wardah Khalid, interview with the South Asian Story Podcast about growing up in Texas as the daughter of South Asian immigrants, starting Poligon, and changing careers from CPA to policy analyst and activist on May 23, 2020.

Poligon President, Wardah Khalid interview with Muslim magazine on how Islam ties into our work to push for civic engagement and social justice on May 23, 2020.

ACTION ALERT: Call Congress to Condemn Police Brutality and End These Injustices

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With recent incidents of police brutality against George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbury, we call on Congress to take action. These acts of violence by law enforcement officials are inexcusable as are the discrimination, institutional racism, and abuses of power that have targeted Black people across the nation for far too long. 

We urge Congress to act now and pass H.R. 4408, the Eric Garner Excessive Use of Force Prevention Act, to prohibit police chokeholds and other harmful tactics that result in asphyxiation. Additionally, we urge Congress to pass and support the House Resolution introduced by Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-7), which condemns police brutality, racial profiling, and the excessive use of force.

We need your voice: Tell Congress to condemn all acts of police brutality and implement policies to end these injustices.

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Check if your Representative is a co-sponsor of the billCall your Representative if they have not co-sponsored the bill (call 202-224-3121) and urge them to support the passage of H.R. 4408 and the House Resolution introduced by Rep. Ayanna Pressley, which condemns police brutality and racial profiling.

Sample Call Script:
Hi, my name is ________ and I am your constituent calling to urge you to support
H.R. 4408 to prohibit the use of violent force by law enforcement. I would also like you to co-sponsor the House Resolution introduced by Rep. Pressley, to put an end to racial profiling and anti-Black police brutality in America. 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