November 2020

November Newsletter

Salaam, and welcome to our November 2020 newsletter! Here’s what we were up to this month:
#GivingTuesday
Tomorrow is GivingTuesday, a great opportunity to support nonprofits across the country. With your support, we can progress our mission to amplify American Muslim voices in Congress in 2021 through new initiatives, training our communities on how to advocate for issues that matter to them, and continuing to educate them through informative policy resources.

To continue these efforts, we need your help! Can you donate $20, $50, or $100 today to help to ensure every American Muslim voice is heard in Congress in 2021?

In The News
Poligon’s Policy and Advocacy Manager, Johanna Mustafa, was featured in an American Muslim Today article. She discussed the next steps organizations must take after this historic election to empower Muslim Americans. Check out the piece here!

Poligon Is Hiring! – DEADLINE: December 1stPoligon 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!

Action Alert
Recent news reports revealed that the Muslim Pro App had compromised the data of over 98 million users. While consumer-facing platforms are often legally restricted from sharing such information, certain legal loopholes allow for data brokers and third-party firms without a direct relationship to consumers to share private data with government institutions. 

Poligon Education Fund is calling on our Representatives in Congress to investigate such loopholes and protect the Fourth Amendment right of the people to be “secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.” 

Please help us protect the American Muslim community: Send a letter to your Representative to investigate personal data privacy concerns and uphold our Fourth Amendment rights.

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.
Thank you for your support as we continue to help amplify the American Muslim voices in Congress. 
Stay active,
Aksa, and ThePoligon Team

Letter: Urging Congress to Support Suffering Families by Passing a Robust COVID-19 Relief Package

Due to COVID-19 many families will be able to participate on Thanksgiving day. In a very real way these families will not have food to put on their tables, and the threat of hunger, unemployment, unpaid rent, mortgages, and medical bills will drown out the holiday joy this season is supposed to bring. During this month of remembrance, then, and on behalf of the Interreligious Working Group on Domestic Human Needs (DHN), a coalition representing an array of religious denominations, service agencies, and faith-based organizations, we ask Congress to take responsibility and support suffering families by passing a robust COVID-19 relief package.

We believe a robust COVID-19 relief package should enact the following policy priorities:

  • Increase SNAP by 15%
  • Allocate more money for housing, homeless assistance, and extend the moratorium on evictions
  • Extend expanded unemployment assistance
  • Expand the EITC and Child Tax Credit
  • Authorize another economic impact payment
  • Authorize pandemic TANF

COVID-19 Relief Ask

Urge the Senate to Provide Relief to Communities Impacted by COVID-19

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​Negotiations between Congress and the White House for a fifth COVID-19 relief package failed to reach a compromise. Despite, the United States having surpassed over 160,000 deaths due to COVID-19 and a tremendous economic impact on vulnerable communities.

Right now, the Senate is in recess until September 7th. The Senate must immediately pass the COVID-19 relief package and ensure families are protected amidst this pandemic. We urge the Senate to secure these provisions approved by the House in its HEROES Act are included in the next COVID-19 relief package:

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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Urge the Senate to Provide Relief to Communities Impacted by COVID-19

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​Negotiations between Congress and the White House for a fifth COVID-19 relief package failed to reach a compromise. Despite, the United States having surpassed over 160,000 deaths due to COVID-19 and a tremendous economic impact on vulnerable communities.

Right now, the Senate is in recess until September 7th. The Senate must immediately pass the COVID-19 relief package and ensure families are protected amidst this pandemic. We urge the Senate to secure these provisions approved by the House in its HEROES Act are included in the next COVID-19 relief package:

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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Press Release: Poligon Education Fund ​Condemns White Supremacist Attack On The U.S. Capitol

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 7, 2021
Contact: media@poligonnational.org

​Poligon Condemns White Supremacist Attack on the U.S. Capitol
Washington, D.C. –Poligon Education Fund released the following statement regarding the violent breach of the U.S. Capitol by white supremacist militias in an attempt to disrupt the certification of the 2020 presidential election: 

Poligon Education Fund condemns the violence inflicted by white supremacist militias and supporters of President Trump at the halls of Congress yesterday. A woman was shot and killed, our elected officials and their staff hid in their chambers as they prayed for their lives, and explosives and weapons were found on Capitol grounds. The attack on the Capitol is an attack on our democracy and on the American people. 

The violence we witnessed is an attempt to erase the fact that in the midst of a pandemic, millions of Americans have turned out in record numbers to vote against the last four years of divisive, racist governance. Even when a powerful few have continuously made it difficult for people to exercise their voting rights, marginalized communities spoke truth to power. In the face of intimidation, violence, and loss, voters reaffirmed their rights and echoed their voices in the halls of power. Poligon, alongside coalition partners and allies, has mobilized millions of voters and will not stand down in the face of this insurrection. 

We commend Congress for its steadfastness in completing the vote count and certifying the election results. We demand members of Congress continue to work towards the peaceful transition of the newly elected administration, and ensure an extensive investigation and full accountability of all groups involved in the white supremacist militant attack, including leaders who have repeatedly empowered  this hateful rhetoric. President Trump’s failure to condemn white supremacy and his previous command to “stand back and stand by” did not only fuel an attack on our Capitol, but also paved the way for violence in statehouses all around the nation. 

The striking difference in the law enforcement’s efforts to protect the Capitol against Black Lives Matter defenders in June of 2020 and against white supremacist militias yesterday is a reminder of the deep, systemic violence harming our communities. We honor the victims of white supremacist violence and recognize the militarized, selective, and racist law enforcement practices. When exercising their right to protest, Black Lives Matter activists and indigenous rights defenders were met with police dogs, mace, militarized surveillance, rubber bullets, and water cannons. Not too long ago, black and brown children were tear gassed at peaceful protests. 

Poligon reaffirms its commitment to continue to hold our newly elected Congress and administration to account, to not only tackle the hateful rhetoric that threatens our communities, but also build a nation that keeps its people safe and allows everyone to thrive. This begins with coming together to swear in new leaders elected by the people, for the people.  

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