Civil Rights

Tell Congress: Pass the NO BAN Act

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Throughout American history, immigration policies have been used to target Jews, Catholics, Mormons and Muslims, among others. With the NO BAN Act in Congress, we have a real chance at ending religious discrimination in immigration laws.

We join over 100 Muslim and immigrants’ rights organizations in applauding the reintroduction of the NO BAN Act, in the House of Representatives on Thursday, February 25. Poligon proudly advocated for and endorsed Rep. Judy Chu’s (D-CA-27) introduction of the bill in 2019 and again in the 117th Congress. The bill is co-sponsored by 137 House Representatives, championed in the Senate by Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), and is included in President Biden’s U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021. Read Poligon’s full statement here.
We will never forget the countless American families ripped apart by the #MuslimBan and #AfricanBan — we must ensure this discriminatory policy never happens again. Your letter can make a difference.
Tell your Representative to co-sponsor and vote yes on the NO BAN Act today!

The NO BAN Act will:

  • Prevent any president from banning people because of their faith or national origin.
  • Impose limitations on executive authority to suspend or restrict immigrants from entering the U.S.
  • Prohibit religious discrimination in immigration laws, specifically those without statutory basis.

Here’s a sample call script to get you started:
Hello, my name is ______ and I’m a constituent of Representative _____. I’m calling to ask you to vote to pass the NO BAN Act. Banning individuals on the basis of religion and ethnicity does not represent American values and it violates our Constitution. I urge Representative _____ to vote “YES” on supporting the No Ban Act. Will the Representative do so?

Have questions? Email us at info@poligonnational.org.

It’s Finally Time to Pass the #NOBANAct!

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It’s been over a year since the House introduced the NO BAN Act (H.R. 2486, previously H.R. 2214), which would repeal the Muslim Ban. Due to Coronavirus, the House of Representatives delayed a vote on the legislation the week of March 9th. Finally, the House will be voting on the bill on July 22nd. Poligon has worked tirelessly with our partners to support the introduction and progression of the bill in the House and Senate.

Click here for resources on the Muslim Ban, including guides of what countries are currently restricted, ban exemptions, and waivers for entry. The Muslim Ban continues to separate tens of thousands of American families and violates our country’s constitutional promise of religious freedom and equal rights under the law. Congress must pass the NO BAN Act and #RepealTheBan!

We need your voice: Tell Congress to speak out against the Muslim Ban and to pass the NO BAN Act!

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Check if your Representative is a co-sponsor of the bill. Call your Representative (call 202-224-3121) now and urge them to end the Muslim Ban.

Sample Call Script:
Hello, my name is ______ and I’m a constituent of Representative _____. I’m calling to ask you to vote to pass the NO BAN Act. The Muslim Travel Ban does not represent American values and it violates our Constitution. I urge Representative _____ to speak against the Muslim Ban and repeal the ban by supporting the No Ban Act. Will the Representative do so?

Stay updated: Click here for resources on the Muslim Ban, which includes guides of what countries are currently restricted, ban exemption, and waivers for entry. 

Let us know how your advocacy went and feel free to ask us any questions by emailing us at info@poligonnational.org.

Urge Congress to Pass the NO BAN Act

Today, June 26th, is the second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Muslim Ban 3.0. As a result, family members living abroad have been unable to reunite with their loved ones in the U.S. because of their religion and ethnicity. While there have been several iterations of the ban, Muslim Ban 3.0 targets individuals from Muslim majority countries including Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen and offers a sham waiver process, denying 98% of applicants. Congress must pass the NO BAN Act and #RepealTheBan!

We need your voice: Tell Congress to speak out against the Muslim Ban and to pass the NO BAN Act!

WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW:

  1. Sign our sponsored petition to send Congress a message to end Trump’s Muslim Ban and guarantee immigrants equal treatment under the law. Click here to sign the petition.
  2.  Call Congress to pass the NO BAN act: Call your Representative (call 202-224-3121) now and urge them end the Muslim Ban.
    1. Sample Call Script: Hello, my name is ______ and I’m a constituent of Senator/Representative _____. I’m calling to ask you to oppose the latest expansion to the Muslim Travel Ban and to vote to pass the NO BAN Act. The Muslim Travel Ban does not represent American values and it violates our Constitution. This ban must not be tolerated as it harms the Muslim and faith community. I urge Senator/Representative _____ to speak against the Muslim Ban and repeal the ban by supporting the No Ban Act. Will the Senator/Representative do so?
  3. Make a donation to help fight this discrimination: Become a donor so we can continue to increase Muslim American engagement on Capitol Hill. You can also make a bigger impact by sharing our donation page on your social media platform.
  4. Stay updated: Click here for resources on the Muslim Ban, which includes guides of what countries are currently restricted, ban exemption and waivers for entry. 

Call Congress to Pass the Justice in Policing Act

For weeks now, racial justice protests opposing police brutality have occurred across the country. Congress must take action. These acts of violence are inexcusable as are the discrimination and institutional racism that have targeted Black people since even before the inception of this nation.

On Thursday, the House will be voting on H.R.7120, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, to hold law enforcement officials accountable for their actions. The bill bans chokeholds and “no-knock” warrants, ends racial and religious profiling, eliminates “qualified immunity” for police officers, collects data on police misconduct and use-of-force, limits transfer of military equipment to law enforcement departments, requires body-worn cameras, and classifies lynching as a hate crime. 

We urge Senators to support the Senate version of the Justice in Policing Act, S.3912.

Although this bill will not resolve all of our country’s problems with policing, it is a vital first step. And we need your help to make sure it passes.

We need your voice: Tell Congress to hold law enforcement officials accountable for their actions and implement policies to end these injustices. 

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Check if your Representative co-sponsored the bill or if your Senator has co-sponsored the Senate version of the bill. Call your Representative and Senator if they have not co-sponsored the bill (call 202-224-3121).

Sample Call Script:
Hi, my name is ________ and I am your constituent calling to urge you to support H.R.7120, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, to hold law enforcement officials accountable for their actions. We need policies to stop police misconduct and to end anti-Black police brutality. 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

ACTION ALERT: Call Congress to Condemn Police Brutality and End These Injustices

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With recent incidents of police brutality against George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbury, we call on Congress to take action. These acts of violence by law enforcement officials are inexcusable as are the discrimination, institutional racism, and abuses of power that have targeted Black people across the nation for far too long. 

We urge Congress to act now and pass H.R. 4408, the Eric Garner Excessive Use of Force Prevention Act, to prohibit police chokeholds and other harmful tactics that result in asphyxiation. Additionally, we urge Congress to pass and support the House Resolution introduced by Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-7), which condemns police brutality, racial profiling, and the excessive use of force.

We need your voice: Tell Congress to condemn all acts of police brutality and implement policies to end these injustices.

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Check if your Representative is a co-sponsor of the billCall your Representative if they have not co-sponsored the bill (call 202-224-3121) and urge them to support the passage of H.R. 4408 and the House Resolution introduced by Rep. Ayanna Pressley, which condemns police brutality and racial profiling.

Sample Call Script:
Hi, my name is ________ and I am your constituent calling to urge you to support
H.R. 4408 to prohibit the use of violent force by law enforcement. I would also like you to co-sponsor the House Resolution introduced by Rep. Pressley, to put an end to racial profiling and anti-Black police brutality in America. 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

End Trump’s Muslim Ban & Pass The #NOBANAct

TAKE ACTION:
It’s been almost a year since the House introduced the NO BAN Act (H.R. 2214), which would repeal the Muslim Ban. Finally, the House of Representatives announced there will be a vote on the bill the week of March 9th. Poligon has worked tirelessly with partners in the NO BAN Act coalition to support the introduction of the bill in the House and Senate.

On February 21, 2020, the expanded Muslim Ban went into effect, which includes six additional countries, bringing the total to 13 banned countries. The Muslim Ban continues to separate tens of thousands of American families and violates our country’s constitution of religious freedom and equal rights under the law. Congress must pass the NO BAN Act and #RepealTheBan!

We need your voice: Tell Congress to speak out against the Muslim Ban and to pass the NO BAN Act!

WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW:

  1. Sign our sponsored petition to send Congress a message to end Trump’s Muslim Ban and guarantee immigrants equal treatment under the law. Click here to sign the petition.
  2.  Call Congress to pass the NO BAN act: Call your Representative (call 202-224-3121) now and urge them end the Muslim Ban.
    1. Sample Call Script: Hello, my name is ______ and I’m a constituent of Senator/Representative _____. I’m calling to ask you to oppose the latest expansion to the Muslim Travel Ban and to vote to pass the NO BAN Act. The Muslim Travel Ban does not represent American values and it violates our Constitution. This ban must not be tolerated as it harms the Muslim and faith community. I urge Senator/Representative _____ to speak against the Muslim Ban and repeal the ban by supporting the No Ban Act. Will the Senator/Representative do so?
  3. Make a donation to help fight this discrimination: Become a donor so we can continue to increase Muslim American engagement on Capitol Hill. You can also make a bigger impact by sharing our donation page on your social media platform.
  4. Stay updated: Click here for resources on the Muslim Ban, which includes guides of what countries are currently restricted, ban exemption and waivers for entry. 

Condemn Trump’s Anti-Muslim Tweet

President Trump recently retweeted an Islamophobic post which portrayed leaders of the Democratic party in traditionally Islamic garb. The White House defended the President’s action by stating the image depicts that Democrats are on the side of terrorists. This message is harmful and dangerous for Muslim communities, as it promotes Islamophobia and an environment where physically and verbally attacking Muslims is acceptable. 

A few Members of Congress have spoken out but not nearly enough, setting the precedent that this sort of rhetoric is acceptable from the President and other elected officials. It’s not.

We need your voice: Tell Congress to speak out against the use of anti-Muslim hatred in political discourse!    

WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW:​
Call your Representative and Two Senators (call 202-224-3121) now and urge them to speak out against this bigoted rhetoric. 

Sample Calling Script:
Hello, my name is ______ and I’m a constituent of Senator/Representative _____. I’m calling to ask you to oppose the use of Islamophobic rhetoric or any sort of religious bigotry in political discourse. The President recently displayed on Twitter an Islamophobic image, seen by millions of his followers. This action must not be tolerated as it harms the Muslim and faith community, setting the precedent that this anti-Muslim rhetoric is acceptable. I urge Senator/Representative _____ to speak against these actions. Will the Senator/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,
The Poligon Team