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Closing out 2017 strong

Salaam, and welcome to our December newsletter! See below for what we were up to this month and our upcoming events:
 
Beyond the Muslim Ban Briefing
We attended a panel discussion of immigration and civil rights activists on the effects of President Trump’s third Muslim travel ban, and how measures such as extreme vetting and the revocation of certain visa programs could further limit the number of Muslims entering the United States. In opening remarks, Rep. Chu (D-CA-27) called on advocates to continue opposing the ban and encourage their members of Congress to do the same.
 
Extreme Vetting Briefing
Source: Brennan Center
 
​Poligon also attended a discussion hosted by the Brennan Center on the Trump Administration’s proposed “extreme vetting” of immigrants and visitors to the United States. Panelists highlighted the pitfalls of trying to scan social media data to determine terrorism risks and warned of its potential effects on freedom of speech.
 
No Muslim Ban Ever Rally
Source: Darakshan Raja
 
We joined a rally of Muslims and allies gathered in front of the Supreme Court to protest its decision to let Muslim Ban 3.0 go into effect, and renew their support for families who will be affected by the ban. Rep. Chu (D-CA-27) and Rep. Kildee (D-MI-5) also called for the country’s leaders to live up to its ideals of tolerance and diversity.
 
Rally Against the GOP Tax Plan
On the day the conference committee on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act met, we attended a rally of members of Congress and advocates to oppose the plan and call for the final vote on the bill to be postponed until Senator-Elect Doug Jones (D-AL) is sworn in.
 
Protect Patients Day of Action
Poligon attended a rally of medical professionals and activists at the Capitol against provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that would reduce access to healthcare. Afterward participants visited Congressional offices to share their stories of how the bill would negatively impact them.
 
House Democrats Press Conference
Poligon attended a press conference on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act hosted by Minority Leader Pelosi (D-CA-12), featuring faith leaders and Americans who rely on programs that could experience funding reductions as a result of the bill.

In the News

Poligon was featured in a story about the rise in Muslim civic engagement post-2016 by writer Sekar Krisnauli.

Upcoming Events

 
You’re invited to our first anniversary bash on January 26th, 2018 in Washington, DC! Click here for more information and to get your tickets. Early bird prices are available until January 12th. All proceeds go toward supporting Poligon Education Fund’s work!
 

Action Alerts

December 12, 2017: Last Chance to Stop the Destructive Tax Reform Plan!
 

Press Releases

December 20, 2017: Poligon Education Fund Denounces Passage of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
 

Weekly Hill Happenings

We’ve been keeping you up-to-date on the latest on Capitol Hill with our Hill Happenings going straight to your inboxes every Friday.
December 1, 2017: Tax Reform Plan Stalls in the Senate, Expanding Surveillance Powers, Reducing Long-Term Unemployment Act, Allowing Concealed Carry Gun Permits Over State Lines, Disaster Relief for Puerto Rico.

December 8, 2017: Draining the Swamp, Muslim Ban 3.0 Goes into Effect, Tax Reform Goes to Conference Committee, Avoiding Government Shutdown, Higher Education Reform, Addressing Workplace Harassment, Presidential Impeachment​​​.

December 15, 2017: Deal Reached on Republican Tax Reform Plan, Protecting Religiously Affiliated Institutions Act, Restoring Net Neutrality, Student Security Act, Protecting Students From Worthless Degrees Act​.

December 22, 2017: Congress Approves Final Tax Reform Bill, Government Shutdown Averted, Korematsu-Takai Civil Liberties Protection Act, RAISE Family Caregivers Act.


Don’t forget to visit our website to view our policy briefs and the latest updates. Like our Facebook page, and follow us on Instagram and Twitter to stay up-to-date on news affecting Muslim Americans and our allies on Capitol Hill. Feel free to forward this newsletter to others.

Stay active,
​Ayesha, Afif, Nadia, and Wardah

Taxes, trainings, and giving thanks

Salaam, and welcome to our November newsletter! See below for what we were up to this month:
​Not One Penny Rally

Poligon attended a rally on the day the House Republican tax plan was released, with members of Congress and advocates calling for a tax reform plan that would give “not one penny” in tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations. Rep. Lee (D-TX-18) and other members criticized the plan for enabling cuts to government programs like Medicare and affordable housing assistance.

Training at George Mason University

The Mason Muslim Affairs Council hosted us for a training on Congressional advocacy at GMU. Students left the training feeling better prepared to attend town hall meetings and contact their elected representatives about the issues that mattered to them. To bring a training to your community, e-mail us at info@poligonnational.org.

Conversation on Tax Reform with Senator Ron Wyden

We attended a talk by Sen. Wyden (D-OR), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, at the Urban Institute. Sen. Wyden expressed his concerns about the Republican tax reform plan, and cited his efforts to implement a bipartisan tax reform package in the 1980s as a model for future reforms.

Training Webinar with MPower Change

We partnered with MPower Change to give an online training in Congressional advocacy for Muslims across the country.

#Faith4TaxJustice Advocacy

Throughout the month we joined other faith-based organizations in the Interreligious Working Group on Domestic Human Needs (DHN) to discuss the Republican tax reform plan with Sen. Roberts (R-KS), Sen. Scott (R-SC), and Sen. Corker (R-TN), and advocated for stronger financial support for low-income and middle class families.

Faithful Budget Briefing

Poligon attended a Congressional briefing where faith leaders presented their framework for a federal budget that embodies faith principles of compassion and justice, and explained how proposed government cuts would undermine the services they provide to people in need.

#GivingTuesday Fundraiser

Thanks to your generous support, we surpassed our fundraising goal for Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving to support non-profit organizations. You can continue to donate to our Facebook fundraiser through the end of the year.

In the News:

In the wake of a series of anti-Muslim retweets by President Trump, Poligon was featured by HelloGiggles as one of nine organizations to support against anti-Muslim bigotry.

Action Alerts:

November 14, 2017: Thanksgiving Recess
November 29, 2017: Stop the Destructive Senate Tax Bill!

​Weekly Hill Happenings:

We’ve been keeping you up-to-date on the latest on Capitol Hill with our Hill Happenings going straight to your inboxes every Friday.
November 3, 2017: GOP Tax Reform Plan, Limiting Lawsuits Against Financial Institutions, Domestic Violence Records Reporting, the Access to Affordable Housing Act, Reauthorizing CHIP Funding.

November 10, 2017: Progress on Tax Reform, Blocking the Muslim Ban, Closing Gun Access Loophole, Studying Mass Shootings and Domestic Violence, The SAFE Justice Act.

November 17, 2017: Increase in Hate Crimes, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Strengthening Background Checks for Gun Purchases, Help Students Repay Act, Permanent Residency for TPS Residents​​

We’re Hiring:

We’re looking for dynamic individuals passionate about Muslim Congressional advocacy to join our team! Please visit bit.ly/PoligonNational to learn more about these positions and how to apply:

  • Graphic Designer (part time, volunteer, remote)
  • Marketing and Social Media Intern (part time, volunteer, remote)

Don’t forget to visit our website to view our policy briefs and the latest updates. Like our Facebook page, and follow us on Instagram and Twitter to stay up-to-date on news affecting Muslim Americans and our allies on Capitol Hill. Feel free to forward this newsletter to others.

Stay active,
Ayesha, Afif, Nadia, and Wardah

Pumpkin spice and political empowerment

Salaam, and welcome to our October newsletter! See below for what we were up to this month as well as our upcoming events:

Hill Briefing: Republican Budget Impact on Families

Poligon attended a discussion on the Republicans’ tax reform plan by Democratic members of the House Budget Committee. Ranking Member Rep. Yarmuth (D-KY-3), Rep. Lee (D-CA-13), and Rep. Jayapal (D-WA-7) gave an overview of the plan’s potential effects on low-income and middle class families, and presented their alternatives.

Domestic Human Needs Hill Day

We joined other faith-based organizations, including the Friends Committee on National Legislation, Bread for the World, and the Religious Action Center, for an Interreligious Working Group on Domestic Human Needs (DHN) advocacy day on Capitol Hill. We met with the offices of Sen. Rubio (R-FL), Sen. Wyden (D-OR), and other Senators to discuss the importance of having a federal budget that embodies faithful principles like justice and compassion.

No Muslim Ban Ever DC Mobilization

On October 18th we marched from the White House to the Trump International Hotel with Muslims and allies to take a stand against President Trump’s third attempt at a discriminatory travel ban, showing how different communities can support each other in the face of injustice.

Facebook Live Discussion: Congress’ Response to the Muslim Ban

After the march our team members Ayesha and Mariam held a Facebook Live discussion to reflect on the march, review the history of President Trump’s travel bans, and give advice for engaging members of Congress to help push back against the current ban and any future versions.

WISE Up Summit

Poligon attended the Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality & Equality (WISE)’s summit to launch the WISE Up Report, a guide for policymakers and advocates on confronting religious extremism and Islamophobia. The summit featured discussions by religious scholars, policy experts, and other community leaders on the role of Muslims in American civic society. In a letter of support to the summit’s organizers, Rep. Carson (D-IN-7) stated that it was “imperative to join forces to combat hatred in all its forms.”

Upcoming Events

11/2: Training with Mason Muslim Public Affairs Council
Join us at George Mason University on November 2 for a training on Congressional advocacy!

To learn more about our trainings, click here. If you’d like a training in your community, email us: info@poligonnational.org.

Weekly Hill Happenings

We’ve been keeping you up-to-date on the latest on Capitol Hill with our Hill Happenings going straight to your inboxes every Friday.
October 6, 2017: GOP Budget Proposal, Gun Regulation, CHIP Funding Expiration, DACA Relief, The Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act

October 13, 2017: Disaster Relief, Limiting Government Surveillance, Reforming ACA Insurance Requirements, Department of Justice Oversight

October 20, 2017: GOP Budget Advances, Bipartisan Healthcare Reform, Defunding the Muslim Ban, the Hate Crime Victim Assistance Act, Student Loan Relief, the Gender Equity in Education Act

October 27, 2017: Executive Order on Refugee Screening, the Bipartisan Health Care Stabilization Act, Expanding Civil Liberties, the CAMPUS HATE Crimes Act

Press Releases

October 2, 2017: Poligon Education Fund Statement on Las Vegas Mass Shooting
October 17, 2017: Poligon Education Fund Welcomes Hawaii Federal Court Decision on Muslim Ban 3.0
October 25, 2017: Poligon Education Fund Condemns Executive Order on “Extreme Vetting” for Refugees

We’re Hiring

We’re looking for dynamic individuals passionate about Muslim Congressional advocacy to join our team! Please visit bit.ly/PoligonNational to learn more about these positions and how to apply:

  • Graphic Designer (part time, volunteer, remote)
  • Marketing and Social Media Intern (part time, volunteer, remote)

Don’t forget to visit our website to view our policy briefs and the latest updates. Like our Facebook page, and follow us on Instagram and Twitter to stay up-to-date on news affecting American Muslims and our allies on Capitol Hill. Feel free to forward this newsletter to others.

Stay active,
​Ayesha, Afif, Nadia, and Wardah

We’re standing up to discrimination

Salaam, and welcome to our September newsletter! See below for what we were up to this month as well as our upcoming events:
 
No Muslim Ban Ever Rally
Poligon co-sponsored a rally in response to President Trump’s third attempt at an anti-Muslim travel ban. Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY-10), Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA-4), and advocates from many partner organizations spoke out against the devastating impact of this new ban and the importance of advocating to elected officials to take action.
 
#NoMuslimBanEver Twitter town halls
As part of the ongoing No Muslim Ban Ever campaign, Poligon also participated in #NoMuslimBanEver Twitter town hall discussions on September 19 and 28.
 
Hill Briefings on The Color of Surveillance Under Section 702
Poligon attended briefings by the Arab American Institute and the Fourth Amendment Advisory Committee on Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which is set to come up for Congressional reauthorization later this year. This legislation allows government agencies to monitor communications between U.S. citizens and foreign nationals, even if the foreign national is not suspected as a terror threat. Low-income, immigrant, and Muslim communities are particularly at risk for discriminatory targeting using the powers authorized in this law.
 
Hill Briefing on Urban and Rural Poverty
We also attended a briefing by the Salvation Army on the Human Needs Index, a unique way of measuring poverty in American communities using the organization’s data the services it provides. The study showed that rural communities may have more basic needs than government data shows, because it is more difficult for them to access government services. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), who participated in a discussion of the findings, highlighted the importance of providing hope and opportunity to low-income communities and the role of both governments and non-profits in alleviating poverty.

In the News

In anticipation of a rally by the hate group ACT for America, the Huffington Post featured an op-ed by our president Wardah Khalid entitled Less than One Month After Charlottesville, Bigotry is Back, in which she discusses the influence of Islamophobic groups on the country’s political discourse and what Congress can do to condemn bigotry and violence.

Upcoming Events

No Muslim Ban Ever March
On October 18 when the new travel ban goes fully into effect, join us in Washington, DC to stand with Muslims, immigrants, and others impacted by this discriminatory policy. 

Trainings
We’ve got lots of legislative trainings coming this fall. Keep an eye out for save the dates! You can learn more about our trainings, click here. If you’d like a training in your community, email us: info@poligonnational.org

Weekly Hill Happenings

We’ve been keeping you up-to-date on the latest on Capitol Hill with our Hill Happenings going straight to your inboxes every Friday.

Hill Happenings – September 22, 2017:
 Hill Headlines: Graham-Cassidy Health Care Reform, National Defense Budget Increase, Criminal Justice Reform, Keeping Kids’ Insurance Dependable and Secure Act, Grow American Incomes Now Act, DREAM Act Discussions

​Hill Happenings – September 29, 2017:
 Hill Headlines: Graham-Cassidy, GOP Tax Reform Plan, The CHRONIC Care Act, The Reverse Mass Incarceration Act, Tax Relief for Hurricane Victims

Press Releases

Actions

Thanks to your advocacy, we helped stop Amendment 115 to the House’s annual Appropriations bill, which would have blocked Islamic Relief Worldwide from receiving federal funding for its charity work.

We’re Hiring

This month we welcomed our new legislative fellow, Mariam Ahmed! We’re still looking for additional dynamic individuals passionate about Muslim Congressional advocacy to join our team! Please visit bit.ly/PoligonNational to learn more about these positions and how to apply:

  • Graphic Designer (part time, volunteer, remote)
  • Marketing and Social Media Intern (part time, volunteer, remote)

Don’t forget to visit our website to view our policy briefs and the latest updates. Like our Facebook page, and follow us on Instagram and Twitter to stay up-to-date on news affecting American Muslims and our allies on Capitol Hill. Feel free to forward this newsletter to others.

Stay active,
Ayesha, Afif, Nadia, and Wardah

Hurricanes Won’t Keep Us Away

Salaam, and welcome to our August newsletter! See below for what we were up to this month as well as our upcoming events:

Townhall on Charlottesville with Arab American Institute
 
Board president Wardah Khalid attended a townhall meeting organized by AAI on the violent and tragic white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. Community members discussed their reflections after the rally and steps to move forward, including the importance of representation in politics, which Poligon aims to help facilitate.
 
Facebook Live Chat on Congressional Response to Charlottesville
Board members Ayesha Ali and Wardah Khalid conducted a Facebook live session to discuss how members of Congress responded to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville and how our community could move forward. Watch the video here.
#CounterAct Hate Letter to Mayors
Poligon joined over 200 local and national groups to urge nearly 60 mayors, where rallies from anti-Muslim hate group ACT for America were scheduled, not to make their cities the next Charlottesville and “unequivocally condemn white supremacist and anti-Muslim hatred” in their communities. Fortunately, the rallies were cancelled but replaced with online demonstrations, which Poligon still opposes.
Defend DACA/TPS & No Muslim Ban Ever Rally
Poligon took part in a vigil at the White House alongside The New York Immigration CoalitionNAKASEC, and South Asian Americans Leading Together to defend DACA, TPS, and say #NoMuslimBanEver. 800,000 immigrant youth are at risk for deportation if President Trump rescinds DACA. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments regarding the Muslim travel ban in October.
 

In the News

August Action Alert

ACTION ALERT: Congress may be heading back to session soon, but you can still call and make your voice heard on these issues and more.

Upcoming Events

Lots of trainings coming in October. Keep an eye out for save the dates! If you’d like a training in your community, email us: info@poligonnational.org

We’re Hiring

Poligon is looking for some dynamic individuals passionate about Muslim Congressional advocacy to join our team! Please visit bit.ly/PoligonNational to learn more about these positions and how to apply:

Legislative Fellow (full time, paid, located in DC)

  • Volunteer Coordinator (part time, volunteer, remote)
  • Graphic Designer (part time, volunteer, remote)
  • Marketing and Social Media Intern (part time, volunteer, remote)

Don’t forget to visit our website to view our policy briefs and the latest updates. Like our Facebook page, and follow us on Instagram and Twitter to stay up-to-date on news affecting American Muslims and our allies on Capitol Hill. Feel free to forward this newsletter to others.

Stay active,
Ayesha, Afif, Nadia, and Wardah

Half of Congress is on summer vacation but we’re staying the course

Salaam, and welcome to our July newsletter! See below for what we were up to this month as well as our upcoming events:

Young Leaders Institute Workshop

We partnered up with Young Leaders Institute to offer a Congressional Advocacy 101 training to middle school, high school, and college students. Participants completed the training with a greater understanding about the lobbying process and were prepared to effectively advocate before their Hill day the next week on Immigration and Education issues.
Want a training in your area? Email us: info@poligonnational.org

#Emgageonthehill

The Poligon team had a successful Hill day partnering with Emgage to speak with members of Congress and their staff about a hate crimes resolution, Muslim ban, healthcare, and anti-Muslim amendment in the NDAA. There were over 70 meetings scheduled and many participants that attended and voiced their concerns on Capitol Hill. At Poligon we strive to empower our community to participate in such advocacy every single day of the year in order to make an impact.

Survey on American Muslims
​Muslims Continue to Believe in the American Dream, Despite Growing Concern.

Our team attended Pew Research Center’s event to share the findings of their new survey concerning American Muslim religious belief and practices, social values, views about extremism, political preferences and reactions to the early days of President Donald Trump’s administration, and their experiences with discrimination. Key findings include:

  • 48% of Muslims say they have experienced at least one incident of discrimination in the past 12 months
  • Only 44% of U.S. Muslims say they voted in the 2016 election
  • One-in-four Muslims are citizens but are not registered to vote (25%). 13% of Muslim registered voters stayed home on Election Day.
Poligon attends a problematic hearing regarding  ‘Combating Homegrown Terrorism’

The House subcommittee on National Security held a hearing examining the U.S. government’s policy for “countering violent extremism (CVE)” within domestic communities. CVE is controversial because of its traditional focus on the Muslim community through a law enforcement lens. At the hearing, one witness, Ms. Raheel Raza, who previously spoke about “radical Islam” at the anti-Muslim group ACT for America’s conference, made unsubstantiated statements such as declaring the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization would decrease radicalization rates. Such claims increase fear and Islamophobia by the American public and lawmakers and threaten to take away our right to civically engage and politically participate in the U.S.

Source: NBC News
#NRA2DOJ

Poligon partnered up with the Women’s March against the hate evoked from the NRA ad alongside the Women’s March on July 14th and 15th to declare that we are stronger than fear.

StoryCorps in Washington D.C!

Board member Wardah Khaild attended a StoryCorps event where Muslim Americans archived their stories share their journeys at the Library of Congress.

(Panelists: Mustafa Santiago Ali, Emily Chatterjee, Laura Dunn, Ian Thompson, and Maya Berry)
Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts: Civil Rights Protections at Risk

Our team attended The Arab American Institute briefing for congressional staff on how proposed budget cuts will impact civil rights protections for marginalized communities. Many experts highlighted the importance of the office of civil rights within agencies and what Congress can do to ensure their work continues to protect impacted communities. 

In the News

 
Board member Nadia Mozaffar appeared on Between The Lines with Fatima Salman to discuss the anti-Islam amendment 200+ members of Congress voted for in the military spending bill. You can listen/ watch the segment at 32 minutes: buff.ly/2tFXQt6

Weekly Hill Happenings

We’ve been keeping you up-to-date on the latest on Capitol Hill with our Hill Happenings going straight to your inboxes every Friday.

Hill Happenings – July 14, 2017: Hill Headlines: New Health Care Bill, Strategic Assessment on the Muslim faith rejected, Expanding Social Security Act, No Sanctuary for Criminals Act & Kate’s Law, Federal Employee Anti-discrimination Act of 2017, The Civil Rights Uniformity Act of 2017.

Hill Happenings – July 21, 2017:  Hill Headlines: Voter Empowerment Act of 2017, Dream Act, Restoring the Right to Vote, The LGBT Conclusion Act.

Hill Happenings – July 28, 2017: Hill Headlines: African American Civil Rights Network Act of 2017, Prison Reform and Redemption Act, Know Before You Owe Federal Student Loan Act, Dream Act.

Action Alerts

ACTION ALERT: Save Our Health Care

ACTION ALERT: NDAA Anti-Islam Amendment

Don’t forget to visit our website to view our policy briefs and the latest updates. Like our Facebook page, and follow us on Instagram and Twitter to stay up-to-date on news affecting American Muslims and our allies on Capitol Hill. Feel free to forward this newsletter to others.
Stay active,
Afif, Nadia, and Wardah

Just like this summer, Poligon is heating up!

Salaam, and welcome to our June newsletter! See below for what we were up to this month as well as our upcoming events:

Ramadan Fundraiser
Alhamdulillah, we raised over $30,000 through our crowd funding campaign on LaunchGood and Facebook, private fundraisers, and through our website. Thanks to all those who donated! We’ll continue our push to raise $150,000 for year 1 expenses. As a reminder, you can donate year-round here.

#WearOrange

Poligon partnered with Everytown for Gun Safety to help turn America orange to help raise awareness of gun violence. This issue is relevant more than ever as 93 Americans are killed and hundreds injured by gun violence every day.

Poligon meets with Congressional offices on H. Res 257: Condemning Hate Crimes

Poligon has partnered with MPAC and Emgage USA to ask members of Congress to sign H. Res 257, a resolution asking law enforcement, federal agencies, and the executive branch to bring perpetrators of hate crimes to justice and enhance security measures for institutions, including places of worship. Following our visit to her office, Rep. Moore (D-WI) officially became a co-sponsor.

 

Coalition to #CounterACT Hate
Poligon joined a coalition of 129 national and local organizations who sent letters to 29 mayors in advance of anti-Muslim marches scheduled in their cities by ACT for America, a hate group according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The letters called on the mayors to embrace “values of pluralism, diversity, and liberty for all while firmly rejecting the forces of hate and bigotry that seek to divide us.

 

Fasting 5K in D.C.
Muslims from around the Washington DC area gathered together to run a 5k whilst fasting in order to raise funds for Poligon to create and deliver Congressional Advocacy workshops for youth on engagement around issues. We will begin scheduling those workshops in the coming months.

 

Poligon attends problematic violent extremism hearing with witnesses Asra Nomani and Ayaan Hirsi Ali
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing included witnesses who have called for Islam’s reform was deliberately framed around Muslim extremism —completely ignoring violent acts committed by non-Muslim and right-wing extremist factions.​

Hill Briefing regarding the rise of Hate Groups & Hate Crimes:
Poligon attended a congressional briefing on the rise of hate groups and crimes. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) found that 867 incidents of hate occurred in the first 10 days following the November election, including more than 300 where the target was Muslim or an immigrant.

Islamic Relief’s 7th Annual Capitol Hill Eid Luncheon:
We attended the Islamic Relief USA’s 7th Annual Capitol Hill Eid Luncheon on the Hill. Speakers at the event, including Representatives Keith Ellison(D-MN-5)Danny K. Davis (D-IL-7), and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA-40), expressed their support for Muslim communities during this tense political climate.​

Justice for Nabra DC vigil
Following the horrendous murder of Nabra Hassanen, we attended the DC vigil to pay our respects to a young Muslim woman who was the victim of a brutal murder during Ramadan. It was also a time to reflect on the fear many feel from Islamophobia across the country today

Poligon in the News:

Dozens of groups urging mayors nationwide to disavow anti-Muslim marches (News 8)

After killing of Muslim girl near mosque, talk of risks, rights and hijab (The Washington Post)

Weekly Hill Happenings:
We’ve been keeping you up-to-date on the latest on Capitol Hill with our Hill Happenings going straight to your inboxes every Friday.

Hill Happenings – June 16, 2017
: Bills to prevent those who are convicted of a hate crime from obtaining firearms, Senate bill to automatically register eligible voters, extending Fair Housing Act to curb discrimination against LGBTQ community, Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, 9th Circuit ruling against Travel Ban

Hill Happenings – June 24, 2017
Outline of AHCA is revealed to senators, Verify First Act passed the House, House bill gives lawmakers the right to carry firearms for protection, bipartisan legislation introduced to enable millions of Americans to purchase homes, Voting Rights Advancement Act aims to restore protections for voters, Criminalization of Immigrants and Sanctuary Cities introduced.  
Hill Happenings – June 30, 2017: Kate’s Law, Sarah’s Law, bipartisan legislation to curb cradle to prison pipeline, Muslim Ban 3.

Upcoming Events:

Congressional advocacy training in the DC area with Young Leaders Institute

Want a training in your area? Email us: info@poligonnational.org

Don’t forget to visit our website to view our policy briefs and the latest updates. Like our Facebook page, and follow us on Instagram and Twitter to stay up-to-date on news affecting American Muslims and our allies on Capitol Hill. Feel free to forward this newsletter to others.
Stay active,
Afif, Nadia, and Wardah

Ramadan Mubarak from the Poligon Team!

Ramadan Mubarak!
From all of us at Poligon Education Fund, we wish you a very happy Ramadan, filled with self reflection, service, and faith. It is easy to feel defeated these days, in the midst of heightened Islamophobia and chaos on the national and global level, but we hope Muslim Americans will join us this holy month in stepping back and reflecting on our values of peace, justice, and pluralism – as well as our ability to create real positive change in our country. As God tells us in the Quran, “Oh you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to God.” (Surah An-Nisa:135).

May this month be a time of spiritual blessing and rejuvenation for us all.

Warmly,
The Poligon Team

P.S. As Ramadan is a time of great generosity, will you make a $100 donation to support our work? All contributions are Zakat eligible and tax deductible.

DONATE

Upcoming Events

#WearOrange – June 2
We are partnering with Everytown for Gun Safety to help turn America orange. 93 Americans are killed and hundreds are injured by gun violence every day. We must do more to end it. Show your support by creating your own #WearOrange image on social media and attending a related event in your area. Call your legislators and ask them to Wear Orange as well. Together, we can make America safer.

Poligon partners with #Fasting5K in D.C. – Saturday, June 10
Looking for a fun way to give back this Ramadan? Sign up for the Fasting 5K: DC challenge! Proceeds raised will be donated to Poligon to create and deliver Congressional Advocacy workshops for youth on engagement around issues like Islamophobia and bullying.

Poligon in the Community

​Congressional Advocacy Workshop
Our first in-person workshop was held in Washington, D.C. Co-hosted with MUPPIES DC, it covered how policy is made in Congress, as well as best practices for Congressional visits and town halls. Participants left motivated and equipped with the tools needed to actively engage their representatives. If you are interested in bringing this workshop to your state please email us at info@poligonnational.org.

#RiseUp Protest for Immigrant Rights: 
Poligon participated in the Rise Up protests in D.C. in support for immigrant rights, along with hundreds of thousands across the country “to demonstrate the power, resilience and strength of immigrant communities in America.” (www.indivisibleguide.com)

Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing
​Poligon attended and live tweeted the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on the rise of Religious Hate Crimes. However, no Muslim individuals or organizations were included on the panel, despite the community being severely affected by religious hate crimes.

Muslim Ban Press Conference
​We co-sponsored the Muslim Ban press conference outside Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond VA, where the travel ban hearing was held. The court later  denounced the ban and determined that it “speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination” wrote U.S. Chief Circuit Judge Roger Gregory#NoMuslimBanEver

Newsroom

Weekly Hill Happenings:
We’ve been keeping you up-to-date on the latest on Capitol Hill with our Hill Happenings going straight to your inboxes every Friday.

Hill Happenings – May 5, 2017Government shutdown and the new spending bill, the repeal of Obamacare, the new Executive Order allowing religious groups to retain tax-exempt status while politically active, and highlights from the Senate Judiciary hearing​

Hill Happenings – May 12, 2017: Congress reacts to Comey firing, new G.O.P. Health Bill in Senate is being written by 13 men…and no women, House Republicans experience hostile town halls after passing bill to repeal Obamacare, and Action Alert on the Muslim Community Week of Resistance

Hill Happenings – May 19, 2017: Over 40 Civil Rights groups urge Congress to vote “NO” on warrantless searches, Senate Republicans run into early obstacles drafting Healthcare bill, Equality Act of 2017, and Freedom from Discrimination in Credit Act

Hill Happenings – May 26, 2017Access to Health Insurance Coverage Bill, Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2017, The Renew Act, Mulvaney testifies on Trump’s 2018 budget proposal, CBO scores Republican repeal bill, 4th Circuit Appeals Court upholds Muslim-Ban injunction, and Action Alert – call your representative about the ACT for America “March Against Sharia” protest

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April Showers Speak Truth To Power

Salaams! April was a busy month for Poligon Education Fund. Here’s what we’ve been up to:

POLIGON IN THE COMMUNITY 

Congressional Advocacy 101 Webinar with Stand With Me: Our first webinar was attended by Muslims and allies across the country, and covered how to prepare for meetings and town halls with one’s representatives and getting up to speed on relevant legislation. Keep an eye on your inboxes for future webinars!

DMV Exchange:
We met with fellow Muslim changemakers from across the DMV area to collaborate and learn about other organizations. Partnering with outside groups is a cornerstone of Poligon, and allows us to tap into the wealth of talent in our community, the most diverse religious group in America.

City Sundays with Imam Suhaib Webb:
Co-Founder Wardah Khalid spoke on the importance of civic engagement in Islam at #CitySundays on a panel with ImamSuhaib Webb. It was a thought provoking and critical discussion as we try to move forward during this historic moment.

MEDIA HITS
 
 
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Weekly Hill Happenings:
We’ve been keeping you up-to-date on the latest on Capitol Hill with our Hill Happenings going straight to your inboxes every Friday.

Hill Happenings – March 31, 2017AHCA failed before the House vote, bills against the religious registry, executive orders, the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act in the House and Senate, the SOLVe Act 2.0

Hill Happenings (4/7/17): Senate stall on Gorsuch nomination, Gorsuch alarming non-committal position on Civil Rights, Equal Pay Day- reintroducing a bill to close the pay gap

Hill Happenings (4/18/17): Government shutdown showdown, Islamophobe Daniel Pipes hosted on Capitol Hill, bill to protect data at the border, the new Health Care amendment

 

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Stay active,
Afif, Nadia, and Wardah

Spring Into Action

Salaams! We’ve been keeping busy here at Poligon keeping you up-to-date with the latest on Capitol Hill. Take a look at what we’ve been up to and what’s in store for April!

UPCOMING EVENTS 

April 18th: Congressional Advocacy Webinar with Stand With Me
Details: 8 PM EST at your computers. More info coming soon!

May 7th: Congressional Advocacy Workshop with MUPPIES DC
Details: Washington, DC from 1 to 4 PM, refreshments served. Final location coming soon.

POLIGON IN THE COMMUNITY 

Poligon was proud to co-sponsor a press conference against the revised executive order targeting refugees and Muslim immigrants. Click the video link above to watch. We are thankful for the leadership of Congressman Gutierrez (D-IL-4) and supporting groups for standing in solidarity with our community, immigrants, and refugees. 

​Poligon presented at the Townhall Dialogue Series – DC activist training titled “Turning Point:Organizing Muslim Communities for Change.” It was great to see so many people interested in learning how to make an impact for good.

Poligon President Wardah Khalid joined the “Voices of Muslim Women” panel at The George Washington University’s Islam Awareness Week, where she discussed her experience working at a faith based lobby and how her observation of a lack of political engagement among Muslims motivated her to join with others and establish Poligon.

Wardah gave a keynote address at the University of Texas in Austin, where she discussed how Poligon empowers Muslims and allies to get politically engaged on issues they care about.

MEDIA HITS

Check out Wardah’s interview about the possible impacts of the Muslim Ban 2.0 on CGTN America days before it went into effect. 

 

Wardah also spoke on CGTN America about the rise in anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim hate crimes in the U.S., what our government should do about it, and the problem with President Trump using the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism.”

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Press Releases:
Poligon Education Fund Stands Against Administration’s Attempt at Muslim Ban 2.0 (3/6/17)

Poligon Education Fund Commends Hawaii Federal Court Decision to Halt Muslim Ban 2.0 (3/15/17)

Weekly Legislative Updates:
We’ve been keeping you up-to-date on the latest on Capitol Hill with our Legislative Updates going straight to your inboxes every Friday. 


Hill Happenings (3/3/17): covers bills against a Muslim Registry and Muslim Travel Ban, Action Alert to contact your Congress members about the Muslim Ban, and more. 

Hill Happenings (3/10/17): includes details on what the Muslim Ban 2.0 is and who it affects, Action Alert on town hall meetings in your area, and more.

Hill Happenings (3/17/17): Sen. Feinstein (D-CA)’s bill to rescind the Muslim Ban, National Opposition to Hate, Assault, and Threats to Equality (NO HATE) ACT, Action Alert with guidelines on how to effectively engage your Congress members, and more.

Hill Happenings (3/24/17): Bill to help victims of hate crimes, the Senate passing a resolution to reduce Consumer Privacy, Action Alerts on our office visit and town hall guides to learn how to schedule appointments and pencil in town halls to make your voice heard, and more.

Hill Happenings (3/31/17): about the failed AHCA and the latest on the No Religious Registry Act, No Funds for Unconstitutional Executive Orders Act, Stance, a new app that records your message and delivers to your representative’s office, and more.

Don’t forget to view our policy briefs and the latest updates. Like our Facebook page, and follow us on Instagram and Twitter to stay up-to-date on news affecting Muslim Americans and our allies on Capitol Hill. Feel free to forward this newsletter to others and please donate!

Stay active,

Afif, Nadia, and Wardah