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Letter: Urging Vice President Pence to Increase Testing Kits

Poligon and partners at the National Muslim Task Force sent a letter urging Vice President Pence, the head of the COVID-19 Task Force, to take action and increase test kits around across all 57 jurisdictions of the United States. 

Letter Increase Testing Kit

Faithful Democracy Town Hall

Join us and our Faithful Democracy coalition partners on Wednesday April 29th at 12pm EST to hear how the faith community is mobilizing to ensure that the 2020 primary and general elections are safe and fair in the context of COVID 19.  Crucial issues of voting rights, public health and election security are emerging as key to any Get Out the Vote efforts. Planning and preparations are needed now at the federal, state and local levels to protect our democracy during this pandemic. 

  • Rev. Traci Blackmon of the United Church of Christ will share what’s at stake for voting rights and communities of color. 
  • Hear about the cautionary tale of Wisconsin’s recent primary election from Rabbi Bonnie Margulis, Executive Director of Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice. 
  • Learn what leadership and funding is needed from the federal government to keep our democracy fair, safe and resilient in the face of the coronavirus. 
  • Find out what YOU can do as a person of faith and an advocate.


Register in advance for this webinar: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_H1zcwZL6RgaJp0uFmT7p4g
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Faithful Democracy is a multifaith coalition of faith-based organizations, houses of worship and congregations working together for a just and representative democracy.

Letter: Urging Congress to Ensure a Safe and Just 2020 Elections

Poligon and members of the Faithful Democracy are calling for at least $2 billion with upwards of $4 billion in the next response package for the Election Assistance Commission to support states and localities in the following: No-excuse absentee voting with prepaid postage (ballots mailed to all registered voters during an emergency). Extended Voter Registration Period with at least 15 days of early voting.

Faithful Democracy Letter

Letter: Urging Congress to Include Nondiscrimination Language in All COVID-19 Policy

Poligon and other advocacy groups sent a letter to Congress in support of nondiscrimination language in all COVID-19 policy. The letter called on Congress to include – All COVID-19 response legislation must include language prohibiting discrimination by recipients of federal funds on any basis other than need or eligibility, such as (but not limited to) age, disability, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), race, color, national origin, or religion.

20200420-covid-19-nondiscrimination-letter.pdf

Letter: Urging Congress to Prioritize Economic Security in Future COVID-19 Legislation

Poligon and over 111 advocacy groups sent a letter to Members of Congress  sharing our economic security priorities for future COVID-19 legislation.

Our key principles and specific policy proposals, detailed in the attached letter, fall into the following areas:

  1. Overarching principles for coronavirus response
  2. Ensuring access to quality health care for all people in America, including targeted relief for those most impacted
  3. Protecting the livelihoods of the most vulnerable working people in our nation
  4. Keeping people in homes, safeguarding their financial health, and protecting people who are homeless
  5. Providing assistance with basic living standards VI. Stimulating the economy and investing in our future 

lcchr_economic_security_covid-19_priorities_coalition_4.16.20.pdf

Letter: Urging Congress to denounce the racism against the Asian American Community & Support H. Res 908

Poligon and other advocacy groups sent a letter calling on Congress to denounce the continued increase in racist attacks and discrimination against the Asian American community. And to support the bill H.Res 908 which calls on public officials to condemn and denounce anti-Asian sentiment, racism, etc related to COVID-19.

Letter Supporting HRes 908

Action Alert: Call Congress To Suspend School Meal Debt During COVID-19

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Many families are facing economic hardships due to the impacts of COVID-19 and should not have the added stress of paying off their child’s school lunch debt. Representatives Ilhan Omar (D-MN-5) and Deb Haaland (D-NM-1) recently introduced H.R. 6430, the Suspend School Meal Debt Act. This bill will suspend collection of all student meal debt during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

School meal debt results in students going hungry, experiencing lunch shaming, and financial pressure on their families. This bill would suspend any late fees associated with unpaid meals, cancel the meal debt for families, and require the Department of Agriculture to reimburse each school food authority and local educational agency. Families deserve support during this time, and this bill will provide much-needed economic relief.

We urge members of Congress to co-sponsor the Suspend School Meal Debt Act and to include it in the next stimulus package. 

We need your voice: Tell Congress to support suspending school meal debt during COVID-19!

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Check if your Representative is a co-sponsor of the bill. Call your Representative if they have not co-sponsored the bill (call 202-224-3121) and urge them to support the Suspend School Meal Debt Act. 

Sample Call Script:
Hello, my name is ______ and I’m a constituent of Representative _____. I’m calling to ask you to support the Suspend School Meal Act, recently introduced by Rep. Ilhan Omar and Rep. Deb Haaland. Many families across the nation are facing economic hardships during the COVID-19 crisis and should not be burdened by the stress of paying off their child’s school lunch debt. Families deserve support during this time of crisis, not added economic burdens. 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.

Stay active,
Zayn Hasan, Legislative Fellow

Poligon Joins the National Muslim Task Force on COVID-19

Poligon joined the National Muslim Task Force on COVID-19, a coalition with over 34 American Muslim organizations, which aims to make recommendations to support self-quarantine and following public health guidance released by local, state, and federal government authorities. Task Force is comprised of Muslim health professionals, fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence), charity, civil rights, and advocacy organizations. Click here for more information.

March 2020 Newsletter

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

Advocacy on the Hill
Poligon and nine other advocacy organizations delivered more than 150,000 signatures to the office of Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA-27) calling for the House to pass the NO BAN Act. The House postponed the vote on the bill, which was set to take place on March 12th, due to addressing an emergency response to the coronavirus epidemic. Click here to sign the petition to send Congress a message to end the Muslim Ban by passing the NO BAN Act.

Religious-Based Bullying and Discrimination Briefing
Poligon attended a briefing held by The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding about religious-bullying and religious discrimination with Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI-13) and other advocacy groups. The briefing highlighted key research findings on these topics from some of the most highly impacted communities: Muslim Americans and Sikh Americans. Watch the full briefing here

Poligon’s COVID-19 Policy Update Center
To help keep track of all the legislation Congress is introducing and passing on the Coronavirus, Poligon launched our COVID-19 Policy Update Center last week. There, our community members and allies can view information and actions you can take to understand and help shape policy on the pandemic. 

Poligon is also working diligently with our interfaith partners to call on Congress to pass policies that will protect all vulnerable communities in the U.S. that are impacted by COVID-19. If you are able, please help Poligon continue to advocate for policies that aid vulnerable communities affected by COVID-19 by making a zakat eligible and tax-deductible donation today. You can also let your friends and family stay informed by forwarding this email and encouraging them to sign up for our mailing list and following us on social media.

Poligon Joined the National Muslim Task Force on COVID-19 
Poligon joined the National Muslim Task Force on COVID-19, a coalition with over 34 American Muslim organizations, which aims to make recommendations to support self-quarantine and following public health guidance released by local, state, and federal government authorities. Task Force is comprised of Muslim health professionals, fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence), charity, civil rights, and advocacy organizations. Click here for more information.

COVID-19 Legislation Facebook Live
Our Legislative Fellow, Zayn Hasan, went on Facebook live and explained what was going on with the Coronavirus Relief legislation in Congress and what actions we can take during this time. Click here to watch the video.

Women’s History Month
Poligon participated in Women’s History Month by creating a campaign highlighting Muslim women who have been making a difference. Check out our campaign on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook!

Action Alerts
The House of Representatives adjourned Friday, March 13th until Sunday, March 22nd. Poligon sent an action alert for recess when Members were in their home districts.

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.

  • March 6, 2020: Bill Introduced to Block Expanded Muslim Ban, Congress Passed Bill For Funding for Coronavirus, Bill Introduced to Strengthen Public Education System, Bill Introduced to Strengthen Public Education System, Senators Responded to Rural School Funding Cuts
  • March 13, 2020: House Postponed Vote on NO BAN Act, House Speaker Appointed a Director to House Diversity Office, Lawmakers Called for Senate Action on the For the People Act, Senate Voted on Reversing Student Loan Rule, Bill Unveiled to Ensure Emergency Paid Sick Days
  • March 20, 2020: President Trump Signed Coronavirus Relief Bill Into Law, Senate to Vote on Third Coronavirus Package, Treasury Secretary Sent Coronavirus Proposals to Congress, Congress Members Raised Concerns About Census 2020
  • March 27, 2020: Senate Voted to Pass Third Coronavirus Emergency Bill, House Democrats Introduced the 3rd Coronavirus Response Bill, Senate Amendment Introduced to Weaken Unemployment Benefits, Congresswoman Called on President to Stop Coronavirus Racism, Senators Introduced Bill to Increase Healthcare Capacity

In the News
Poligon’s Legislative Fellow, Zayn Hasan, and nine other advocacy groups, including Daily Kos, delivered more than 150,000 signatures to Rep. Judy Chu calling for the House to pass the NO BAN Act. Read the full article here.

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