Salaam, and welcome to our August 2020 newsletter! Here’s what we were up to this month:
CAIR Webinar on Census
Poligon’s Media Director, Aksa Asgher, joined CAIR-California and MPower Change for a webinar on the importance of the Census and building Muslim political power in America. Check out the webinar here!
Netroots Nation Conference
On August 15th, Poligon’s president Wardah Khalid participated in a panel at the Netroots Nation Conference, on “How Muslims Are Organizing in 2020,” along with other Muslim political experts. If you missed the panel, you can watch it here!
Muslim Civic Engagement Toolkit
Poligon has joined several other national Muslim civic engagement organizations to create Muslim Civic Engagement toolkits. These are intended to educate community members and faith leaders on the importance of civic engagement in Islam and to facilitate political participation. Click here to view the toolkits’ information on how you can be more civically engaged and participate in upcoming elections throughout the year.
Million Muslims Vote
Poligon has partnered with Emgage to help mobilize the largest Muslim American voter turnout in history, in a campaign called Million Muslims Vote. Our goal is to turnout as many Muslim voters as possible this November. To join the campaign or learn more, click here!
Congressional Advocacy 101 Training
On August 25th, Poligon offered a congressional advocacy training, led by our legislative fellow Zayn Hasan. Topics covered include a general overview of Congress, the advocacy process, and how to participate in office visits, town hall meetings, and phone calls with Members and/or their staff. If you are interested in having Poligon conduct a training in your community, email us at email@example.com.
Congressional Advocacy Training 2.0: Taking Healthcare To the Next Level
Poligon partnered with American Muslim Health Professionals for a webinar that focused on the nuts and bolts of tracking legislation and Congressional votes. If you missed the webinar, you can view it here!
Muslims in America COVID-19 Poll
Poligon has partnered with The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), along with other Muslim organizations, to investigate how COVID-19 has been affecting the mental health, faith, and service work of Muslims in America. We are documenting how the pandemic has impacted American Muslims specifically, and are seeking individuals to take this survey to help us!
August Recess Advocacy Toolkit
Members of the House of Representatives are back in their home districts until September 7th. Senators are in their home states from August 8th-September 7th. Poligon has created a toolkit that includes guidance on how you can speak with your Member of Congress about repealing the Muslim ban, police reform, COVID-19 Relief, and protecting protesters. Want to talk to them about something else? Our town hall and office visit guide has you covered. Your member of Congress represents YOU, so schedule a meeting as early in advance as possible! Click the link below to view or download the toolkit: Poligon’s 2020 August Recess Advocacy Toolkit
Faithful Elections In COVID Toolkit
Poligon worked with members of the #FaithfulDemocracy coalition on a new report on voting during the COVID-19 pandemic. This resource is meant to help voters: 1) Navigate the system, understanding what options are available for their circumstances; 2) Find points of engagement to contribute to a successful election and influence decision-makers. Click here to learn more.
Join Our Board of Directors
Poligon is seeking passionate individuals to join our Board of Directors! If you are interested in helping educate American Muslims on how to engage with Congress and be politically active, this is the position for you! Please send a resume and short statement of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Poligon Is Hiring!
Poligon is looking for a Policy and Advocacy Manager based in the DC area (but starting remote during COVID-19). This is an exciting opportunity for someone passionate about civic engagement and getting Muslims and allies plugged into the policymaking process. Visit our website for the full job posting!
We’ve been keeping you up-to-date on the latest from Capitol Hill with our Hill Happenings going straight to your inboxes every Friday.
- August 7, 2020: Negotiations on the Next COVID-19 Bill, House Committee Announced Hearing with Postmaster General, Oversight Committee Chair Denounced Shortening 2020 Census Timeline, Bill to Increase Diversity on CARES Oversight Commission, GOP Senator Recommended Agencies Extend COVID-19 Relief
- August 14, 2020: COVID-19 Relief Package Negotiation Stalled, House Recess Extended for Additional Week in September, Senators Called On Congressional Leadership to Extend Census Deadline, Senators Called for, Funding To Help Older Adults and Nutrition Services In Next COVID-19 Relief Package, Bill to Block Postal Service Changes
- August 21, 2020: House to Vote on Bill to Support the Postal Service, Hearing on USPS Oversight, Senate GOP “Skinny” COVID-19 Relief Package, Letter Sent to FBI Calling for Investigation on USPS
- August 28, 2020: House Approved $25 Billion to USPS but Bill Stalled in the Senate, Bill to Replace Confederate Monuments Nationwide, Mnuchin to Testify Before the House Coronavirus Panel. Bill Introduced Condemning QAnon, and Bill to Expand No-Excuse Absentee Voting
August 11, 2020: The Senate must immediately pass the COVID-19 relief package and ensure families are protected amidst this pandemic. We need your voice: tell the Senate to provide relief to families impacted by COVID-19. Click here to send your Senator a letter.
August 18, 2020: The House returned from recess to pass the Delivering for America Act. Poligon urged constituents to send Representatives a letter urging them to pass the Delivering for America Act and protect the Postal Service.