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

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October 1, 2020
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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.

Poligon Education Fund Joins Muslim Coalition to Share Results of ‘Muslims in America Policy Poll’

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August 26th, 2020
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Poligon Education Fund Joins Muslim Coalition to Share Results of ‘Muslims in America Policy Poll’
Washington, D.C. – Yesterday a coalition of national Muslim organizations released the results of their pre-election “Muslims in America Policy Poll” – an online survey of 1,500 Muslims in America that highlights issue and policy priorities of the Muslim community just months before the 2020 General Election. 

READ THE SURVEY: https://www.poligonnational.org/resources.html

WATCH THE LIVESTREAM PRESENTATION: https://www.facebook.com/406859649705218/videos/600924637260465/

Highlights of survey results, announced at a livestream news conference, include:

  • In asking what general issues were the most pressing priorities for Muslim Americans, the poll found civil rights (over 80%) was the greatest priority followed by healthcare (over 65%); education; foreign policy; immigration; climate change, energy, and the environment; economy, national security; and other.
  • American Muslims have prioritize issue areas similarly to non-Muslim allies such as Civil Rights and Healthcare.
  • Over 60% of Muslim respondents would like to see policy changes to the Muslim Ban, which allows vast immigration restrictions for travelers from several Muslim-predominate countries.
  • Over 45% of Muslim respondents would like to see policy changes in these four areas: international humanitarian, religious discrimination, Medicare for all, and gun control.
  • Among the various age groups examined, most ages agreed they would like to see a policy change to the Muslim Ban. Over 75% of seventy and over age group of Muslim respondents agree that they want to see a policy change with the Muslim Ban.
  • In the key battleground states of Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, heading into the election — the issues of Civil Rights, Healthcare, Immigration and Education prove to be the biggest issue area of concern for Muslims.

The report also noted that in a separate voter report published by Emgage, just from Florida, Ohio, Michigan, and Virginia alone Muslim turnout jumped from about 130,000 votes to over 285,000 from 2014 to 2018.

Report sponsors plan to use the results of this report to engage candidates, elected officials, to advocate for policy reforms that serve the best interests of the Muslim community in America.

ABOUT THE POLL:

The poll’s 1500 respondents reflected a snapshot of the diverse Muslim community— comprising of African American/Black, Arab/Middle Eastern, South Asians and White community members from over 45 states.

The poll was conducted online over the course of January 2020-June 2020, just ahead of the November elections. The poll’s responses that survey participants could choose from on “pressing policy issues” and “policy changes” that respondents wanted to see were predetermined and presented without any politicizing context.

The highest percentage of participants of the survey were between the ages of 40-54 (21%) and 55-69 (17%). In contrast, the lowest percentage of respondents were under the age of 18. The poll was conducted online over the course of January 2020-June 2020, just ahead of the November elections.

LIVESTREAM: “Muslims in America Policy Poll,” What Muslims Want Heading into the 2020 General Election

LIVESTREAM: “Muslims in America Policy Poll,” What Muslims Want Heading into the 2020 General Election

​Washington, D.C. – Today a coalition of national Muslim organizations will release the results of their pre-election “Muslims in America Policy Poll” – an online survey of 1,500 Muslims in America that highlights issue and policy priorities of the Muslim community just months before the 2020 General Election.
Join national Muslim organizations live today, Tuesday August 25 at 12 p.m. (ET) to learn more about what priority policies American Muslims – especially those in key battleground states – would like to see addressed in the upcoming election.

Watch the Livestream: https://www.facebook.com/CAIRNational/live/
[NOTE: Please submit your questions to aajeen@cair.com]

Poll results will answer:

  • What are the most important issues for Muslims?
  • What are the policy changes Muslims would like to see?
  • How Muslims views differ by key battleground states (PA, WI, FL, MI)?

The poll was created and distributed through a partnership of Muslim organizations including America Indivisible, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Emgage USA, Jetpac, Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), MPower Change and Poligon Education Fund — consolidating efforts to educate and mobilize a Muslim constituency. 

Speakers include: 
Robert S. McCaw, CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department
Ishraq Ali, MPower Change, Organizing Director
Zayn Hasan, Poligon Education Fund, Legislative Fellow
Mohammed Missouri, Jetpac Executive Director
Aysha Ahmed, Deputy Organizing Director, Emgage Action
Lida Azim, Program Director, America Indivisible 
Adam Beddawi, Policy Analyst, Muslim Public Affairs Council

Poligon Education Fund Applauds House Passage of NO BAN Act

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July 22nd, 2020
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Poligon Education Fund Applauds House Passage of NO BAN Act

Washington, D.C. – Poligon commends the House of Representatives for passing the National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants Act, or NO BAN Act today. The bill repeals the Muslim travel bans and imposes limitations on the President’s authority to suspend or restrict immigrants from entering the U.S. and prohibits religious discrimination in immigration-related decisions without statuatory basis. 

Poligon Board President, Wardah Khalid, issued the following statement:

“Today is a historic day. Over a year after the NO BAN Act was introduced, the House finally passed this important legislation. Innocent families have been separated for three and a half years due to this Islamophobic and racist ban, and it is encouraging to see American lawmakers take a step towards ending this cruel policy. This has been a monumental, multi-year effort by diverse advocates and everyday Americans working with Members of Congress to raise awareness about the issue, write the legislation, and gather co-sponsors. For some, this was the first time they ever engaged with Congress. 

“While I’m disappointed that the bill did not end up having more Republican support (discrimination against a faith group should not be a partisan issue), I’m pleased that it passed today. In this time of uncertainty, it is crucial that we come together and unite, rather than give into fear and divisive ideas. We look forward to working with the Senate on this legislation and continuing to build our community engagement with the political system to ensure that all people, regardless of background, are treated equally by the law and can live in prosperity.”

The Muslim Ban was President Donald Trump’s first action upon taking office. He made clear that his intentions were bigoted, claiming he wanted a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”

For Poligon’s previous statements surrounding the Muslim Ban, please click here.

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

Poligon Education Fund Welcomes Upcoming House Vote to Repeal Trump’s Muslim Ban

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July 14th, 2020
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​Washington, D.C. – The House of Representatives announced Monday that it will be voting on the National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants Act or NO BAN Act, on Wednesday, July 22nd. The vote was delayed from the initial date in March, due to COVID-19. 

Poligon Board President, Wardah Khalid, issued the following statement: 

“Poligon Education Fund is excited to see the NO BAN Act finally being put to a vote in Congress. For over three and a half years, families have been separated due to this cruel and un-American ban. The NO BAN Act repeals those bans and places limitations the President’s authority to restrict immigration, as well as prohibit religious discrimination when issuing visas. The House of Representatives must pass the NO BAN Act next week. This is a chance to prove that America will not stand for racist policies that discriminate against individuals because of their ethnicity or religion.”

Poligon has worked tirelessly to advocate for this legislation since before it was even introduced, working in coalition to draft the bill, meeting with House members to educate and urge them to cosponsor the bill, and working in coalition to collect over 150,000 signatures in support of the NO BAN Act. Monday’s announcement is a win for civil rights and a major step towards ending this unjust travel ban.

Poligon Education Fund Marks 2nd Anniversary of SCOTUS Decision to Uphold the Muslim Ban

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June 26, 2020
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Poligon Education Fund Marks 2nd Anniversary of SCOTUS Decision to Uphold the Muslim Ban
Urges Congress to Pass the NO BAN Act 
Washington, D.C. – 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.

Poligon Board President Wardah Khalid issued the following statement on the anniversary:
“The hate-fueled Muslim Ban, which has now extended into an Africa Ban, was introduced by this administration as a symbol of racism, religious discrimination, and white supremacy. Three and a half years since the first Muslim and refugee ban was enacted, countless families remain separated due to this policy, and U.S. refugee resettlement numbers continue to drop to historic lows. Congress must end this immoral anti-Muslim and anti-Black ban by passing the NO BAN Act now.”

The NO BAN Act, introduced by Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA-27) in the House and Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) in the Senate, prohibits religious discrimination when issuing visas to immigrants seeking to travel to the United States of America. Poligon has worked tirelessly in coalition to introduce and push forward this legislation and looks forward to the day when this unethical and un-American ban is repealed. 

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

Poligon Condemns Anti-Black Police Brutality And Racism

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May 29, 2020
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Poligon Education Fund Condemns Anti-Black Police Brutality and Racism, Urges Congress to Take Action
Washington, D.C. – Poligon Education Fund strongly condemns the recent incidents of police brutality against George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbury. 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. This is highly concerning for our community, as African Americans and Blacks represent 25% of the American Muslim population.

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. We are also supportive of the House Judiciary Committee’s demands that the Department of Justice open an investigation into the deaths of Floyd, Taylor, and Arbury.

In a country that boasts itself as being the land of equality and freedom, it is unacceptable that a police officer meant to protect their community can unlawfully murder a man and not be prosecuted by the law. We stand with our Black brothers and sisters in Minnesota, Kentucky, Georgia, and across the country who are hurting deeply in this moment. To do so is a religious obligation for Muslims, as the Quran clearly states, “Oh you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to God.” (Quran 4:15).
What is happening in our country right now is nothing less than brutal injustice. Poligon will continue to work with our communities and lawmakers in Congress to oppose and rectify it. 

Source: Who Are American Muslims: ISPU. (2018). Retrieved from https://www.ispu.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Who-Are-American-Muslims.pdf

Poligon Condemns the Administration’s Expansion of Muslim Ban

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January 31, 2020
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Poligon Condemns the Administration’s Expansion of Muslim Ban
Washington, D.C. – Poligon Education Fund issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s decision to expand the Muslim Travel Ban. 
“Today is a heartbreaking day for minority communities across the nation and the world. This is still an Islamophobic and Xenophobic travel ban, and we need to repeal it, not expand it. It is well known that the Trump administration has an anti-immigrant agenda, as they cruelly separated families at the border, detained children, denied asylum seekers, and banned refugees and Black and Brown immigrants. This cycle of religious or ethnic discrimination needs to stop in our immigration policies. We have already faced the consequences of the Muslim Ban for three years, and this expansion will separate even more families across the United States and the world. We urge Congress to speak out against this expanded ban and pass the NO BAN Act now, which will prevent policies like this from being implemented ever again.”

The expanded list includes six new countries: Myanmar (also known as Burma), Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania. Under the policy, citizens from the first four countries won’t be allowed to apply for visas to immigrate to the U.S. Sudan and Tanzania will be barred from participating in the diversity visa lottery. The new restrictions are set to take effect on Feb. 21.

​For Poligon’s previous statements surrounding the Muslim Ban, please click here.

Three Years Later, Poligon Education Fund Continues to Condemn the Muslim Travel Ban

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January 27, 2020
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Three Years Later, Poligon Education Fund Continues to Condemn the Muslim Travel Ban
Washington, D.C. – Today marks the three-year anniversary of the first executive order implemented by the Trump Administration, which placed severe limits on people traveling to the United States from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Three years and several iterations later, the “Muslim Ban” continues to separate families in communities across the United States and the world.

Last week, President Trump confirmed that there will be an expansion to the Muslim Ban. The expanded list may include Belarus, Myanmar (also known as Burma), Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania. Any addition to the Muslim Ban will negatively impact Muslim communities and contribute to the already rising* anti-Muslim discrimination throughout the country. 

“It has been three years, and families that have been ripped apart by this un-American and discriminatory ban are still waiting for relief” Poligon President, Wardah Khalid, said. “This is a dark stain in our nation’s history. We need to stop the cycle of religious or ethnic discrimination in our immigration policies. Now is the time for Congress to speak out against the ban and pass the NO BAN Act to repeal it and prevent such a ban from being implemented against another community in the future. ” For Poligon’s previous statements surrounding the Muslim Ban, please click here.

Source:
* Dalia Mogaheed and Azka Mahmood, American Muslim Poll 2019: Predicting and Preventing Islamophobia: ISPU. (2020, January 22). Retrieved from https://www.ispu.org/american-muslim-poll-2019-predicting-and-preventing-islamophobia/

Poligon Calls Congress to Act on Mass Shootings and Domestic Terrorism

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August 8, 2019
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Washington, D.C. – Poligon Education Fund is devastated by the senseless acts of violence committed in Gilroy, California, El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. These mass shootings—which culminated in at least 34 deaths and dozens of injuries—only make it clearer that as a nation, we are facing a public crisis of gun violence fueled by white nationalism and hatred.
Poligon President, Wardah Khalid, gave the following statement:

“The threat of white nationalism is dangerous and real. We know that the perpetrators targeted people for their race, with the El Paso shooter writing about a “Hispanic invasion of Texas” and the Gilroy shooter plugging a white power manifesto on his media channels. As we saw in New Zealand shooting, which the El Paso shooter took inspiration from, Muslim and other religious communities are also very much at risk. Over and over again, we have witnessed in horror the result of easy access to assault weapons mixed with xenophobia and hateful rhetoric. Congress must address these issues to safeguard American lives and bring our country back together. Our safety can no longer be compromised.”

Poligon calls upon Members of Congress to recognize these acts as domestic terrorism and not only update gun regulations, but also pass legislation that will work to protect American lives—not place them further in danger. Passing the S. 42 – Background Check Expansion Act will take a necessary step in preventing gun violence, as will passing the HR 8 bill in the Senate. 

We will keep the victims and the families of these mass shootings in our prayers, but we hope that tragedies of the past week serve as reminders that our work to ensure all people can live in peace and security is far from complete.