October 2020

October Newsletter

Salaam, and welcome to our October 2020 newsletter! Here’s what we were up to this month:
Are You Ready To Vote?
With November 3rd fast approaching, do you have all the information you need to cast your ballot? Poligon has put together resources to help you find out your registration status, ballot drop off locations, and in-person polling locations. We even have a faith-based civic engagement guide for faith leaders and community members. Check them out here
To continue these efforts, we need your help! Can you donate $20, $50, or $100 today to help Poligon turn out more Muslim voters before November?

Welcoming Our New Policy & Advocacy Manager! 
A huge welcome to Johanna Mustafa, our new Policy and Advocacy Manager! Johanna brings years of experience in national and grassroots advocacy and organizing work with the American Muslim community. Before joining the Poligon team, Johanna served as an Advocacy Specialist for the National Network of Arab American Communities. We are excited to have Johanna join us in our efforts to amplify the voices of Muslim Americans in Congress!

SCOTUS Nomination Facebook Live UpdatePoligon’s Legislative Fellow, Zayn Hasan, went on Facebook Live on Wednesday, October 21st, to discuss various hill updates, Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court Nomination process, October Congressional recess, and voting resources! Click here to watch.

Poligon Applauds Muslim Civic Engagement Progress Highlighted in ISPU 2020 Muslim Poll
The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) released it’s fifth annual American Muslim Poll 2020: Amid Pandemic and Protest. The survey found that compared to members of other faith groups, Muslim political activity exceeds the general public, Muslim voter registration has increased, and nearly one-quarter of Muslims have attended a town hall meeting, which is much higher than other faith groups. Click here to read our full statement.

In The News
 On October 30th, Poligon’s President, Wardah Khalid, participated in a live Q & A hosted by Vantage Points. The livestream discussed how Poligon’s work is critical in helping the Muslim community engage with Congress. Check out the interview here.

Action Alerts

  • Urge the Next President & Congress to Ensure a Democracy That Works for All: It’s no secret that U.S. elections are driven by big corporate donors rather than everyday citizens. And the next presidential administration is tasked with addressing important issues that impact our communities, such as: repealing the Muslim ban, overcoming the coronavirus pandemic, and dismantling systemic racism in America. But for the next administration to do that effectively, our democracy needs reform to be more representative and inclusive. We urge the next President and Congress to pass the For the People Act (HR1) as the priority in their administration. Click here to learn more and sign your name to show the next administration and Congress that Day 1 is for Democracy. 
  • October Recess: The House of Representatives adjourned for their recess until November 13th. Congressional recess is when your members of Congress will be back in your home state. It is a great opportunity to call or email your Congress members directly to tell them about the most important issues to you! Click here to view our October Recess Action Alert for more information.

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.

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 engaging with Congress and being 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 hiring! We are looking for talented individuals interested in congressional advocacy and issues facing the Muslim American community. Click here for more information on the positions and how to apply!

RESOURCE: Expiring COVID-19 Relief Measures

Vital assistance for workers, renters, and small businesses have expired and several of COVID-19 relief measures are set to expire on December 31st. Congress must act now and pass an additional COVID-19 relief package. Click here to urge your Senate to provide relief to impacted communities.

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Urge the Next President & Congress to Ensure a Democracy That Works for All

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It’s no secret that the U.S. Elections are driven by big corporate donors rather than us everyday citizens. And the next presidential administration is tasked with addressing important issues that impact our communities, such as: repealing the Muslim ban, overcoming the coronavirus pandemic, and dismantling systemic racism in America. But for the next administration to do that effectively, our democracy needs reform to be more representative and inclusive. 

We urge the next President and Congress to pass the For the People Act (H.R.1) as a first priority in their administration. In March 2019, the bill passed in the House with unanimous support, but the Senate has yet to bring it up for a vote.

The For the People Act (H.R.1) is a package of proven reforms that would:

  • Expand and protect voting rights and access to the ballot;
  • Put Americans ahead of Big Money donors, by creating a system of public financing which can reduce candidates’ demand for big donors by amplifying support from constituents;
  • End gerrymandering so that electoral districts are fairly drawn;
  • Hold our elected officials to higher ethical standards.

This bill creates a more inclusive and representative political system. We need a fair and functional democratic system, where everyone can participate, every vote is counted, and every voice is heard.​ We demand a democracy that works for all of us. 

Sign your name to show the next administration and Congress thatDay 1 is for Democracythe and to pass For the People Act.

This petition will be delivered to Congress in January, at the start of the next Administration.

BREAKING: House Approves 2.2T COVID-19 Relief Bill

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House voted to pass an updated version of The Heroes Act.  The bill was approved by a tally of 214 to 204. Every House Republican voted no, saying 2.2 trillion is too much to spend and the funding targeted programs unrelated to the coronavirus crisis. 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 

It 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

​Currently, the Republicans in the Senate and White House both oppose the bill and want a proposal that is $600 billion less. Negotiations between the House leaders and the White House are still ongoing.

Poligon Applauds Muslim Civic Engagement Progress Highlighted in ISPU 2020 Muslim Poll

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 1, 2020
Contact: info@poligonnational.org

Poligon Applauds Muslim Civic Engagement Progress Highlighted in ISPU 2020 Muslim Poll
Washington, D.C. – Today, the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) released the results of their fifth annual American Muslim Poll 2020: Amid Pandemic and Protest. The survey found that compared to members of other faith groups, Muslim political activity exceeds the general public, Muslim voter registration has increased, and nearly one quarter of Muslims have attended a town hall meeting, which is much higher than other faith groups.  

Poligon Board President, Wardah Khalid, issued the following statement:
“The 2020 American Muslim Poll shows encouraging progress within our community’s civic engagement efforts. Muslims are more ready and fired up to vote and be civically engaged than ever before. We look forward to harnessing that energy and continuing our work to educate the Muslim American community and facilitate opportunities to have their voices heard in the policy making process.”

While we applaud these successes, we must also acknowledge the disheartening statistics revealed in the poll, namely that Muslims face institutional discrimination at higher amounts than the general public and their children encounter religious-based bullying at nearly double the level of families in the general public. Clearly, there is still much work to be done to ensure the Muslim community feels safe and valued. The results of this poll will help organizations like Poligon continue to fight against Islamophobia and stand for social, racial, and economic justice, and encourage Muslims in America to get out and vote this November.