September 2020

September Newsletter

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

Poligon’s New COVID-19 Video
As the COVID-19 pandemic sheds light on our broken system, our community must have a voice in all levels of government to protect our rights and advocate for policy changes on issues that impact us, including healthcare. With American Muslims being the least likely faith group to engage with their elected officials, it’s time we act NOW. Watch our latest video on the Coronavirus pandemic and why American Muslims must engage in the policymaking process. 

Coffee and Conversations with Muppies DC
Poligon participated in a Coffee and Conversations event hosted by Muppies DC on September 27. Poligon’s Media Director, Aksa Asgher, and the Executive Director of the Georgia Muslim Voter Project, Umer Rupani, discussed the importance of political advocacy and ways for Muslims to engage with the government.

Supreme Court Nomination Process Resource 
The Senate will begin Supreme Court confirmation hearings on October 12. Poligon released a guide on the Process of Nomination to the Supreme Court, so you can follow along as the Senate begins deliberations. Check out last week’s Facebook Live with our Legislative Fellow Zayn Hasan, to hear about the process in more depth.

October Recess Action Alert
The House of Representatives adjourns October 5 for their recess until November 13, and the Senate from October 12 until November 6. Congressional recess is when your members of Congress will be back in your home state. Check out our Action Alert to learn about how you can contact your representatives.

Movement Voter Fund Grant
Poligon is excited to accept a grant provided by Movement Voter Fund, a fund of Tides Foundation. Movement Voter Fund works to strengthen progressive power at all levels of government. This grant will help Poligon continue to work to empower the American Muslim community.

In The News
Poligon’s President, Wardah Khalid, was featured in Courier News this month in a story on moving forward after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. As an icon in the movement for women’s rights, RBG left a giant legacy. In the article, Wardah discusses her thoughts on how women can follow in her footsteps to continue the work she started.

Hill Happenings
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.

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Voting and Election Justice Resources
There are less than 40 days until the election on November 3. Are you registered to vote? Ensure you have a voting plan by figuring out your registration status, your ballot drop-off location, and where you can vote in person if necessary. Check out our Voting and Elections Resources 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 info@poligonnational.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 position 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!

BREAKING NEWS: House Democrats Release Updated Version of The Heroes Act

House Democrats released an updated version of The Heroes Act, which reflected negotiations between Democrats and Republicans. The $2.2 trillion legislation includes:

  • 15% increase to the maximum SNAP benefit and additional funding for nutrition programs 
  • $225 billion for education – including $182 billion for K-12 schools and nearly $39 billion for postsecondary education – and $57 billion to support child care for families.
  • $436 billion for assistance to state, local, territorial and tribal governments 
  • $75 billion for coronavirus testing, contact tracing and isolation measures
  • $1,200 stimulus check per taxpayer and $500 per dependent
  • $600 federal unemployment payments through next January
  • 15 percent increase to the maximum SNAP benefit and additional funding for nutrition programs 

​The updated HEROES Act also includes a key provision backed by President Trump and GOP allies:

  • Provisions to improve the Paycheck Protection Program to serve the smallest businesses and struggling non-profits
  • $25 billion to stave off thousands of layoffs at passenger airlines, as well as $3 billion for airline contractors. The restaurant industry would receive $120 billion in aid. 
  • Additional assistance for airline industry workers, extending the Payroll Support Program to keep airline industry workers paid

A possible vote on the legislation this Wednesday or Thursday, before the House leaves for October congressional recess.

Updated HEROES Act One Pager

LETTER: Urging Congress to Pass a Robust COVID Relief Bill Providing Critical Assistance to Families

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Poligon’s President, Wardah Khalid,  and other faith leaders part of the Washington Interfaith Staff Community sent a letter calling for the passage of a robust COVID relief bill that provides aid for those most in need. As we approach the sobering loss of 200,000 lives in America with no end of the pandemic in sight, the vulnerable struggle under the weight of the health pandemic and crushing economic stagnation. Congress must pass a robust COVID relief bill providing critical assistance to families and communities.

WISC Letter to Congress

NEW VIDEO: America just Crossed 200k Coronavirus deaths. How can you help?

Over the weekend, the U.S. surpassed 200,000 deaths from Coronavirus. This is the highest death toll in the world. And unfortunately, projections show things will get worse before they get better. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic sheds light on our broken system, our community must have a voice in all levels of government to protect our rights and advocate for policy changes on issues that impact us, including healthcare. However, Muslims are currently the least likely faith group to engage with their elected officials. Our team at Poligon has released a new video on the Coronavirus pandemic and why it is so critical for American Muslims to engage in the policymaking process. 

Forward this email to 5 family members or friends so they can watch the video too. Together,  we can empower American Muslims to make their voices heard on all of these interconnected issues by engaging with their elected officials and voting in the critical upcoming elections.