Salaam, and welcome to our End of Year newsletter!
Here’s what we were up to this year:
2020 Year in Review Highlights
Thanks to your amazing support, Poligon has accomplished many of our goals this year. Here were some of our top achievements from 2020:
- Trained 500+ Community Members
- Co-signed 70 Letters to Congress
- Attended 67 Policy & Advocacy Events
- Launched a COVID-19 Policy Update Center
- Hired a Policy and Advocacy Manager
But there’s still so much more that needs to be done. Help us continue these efforts by making a Zakat-eligible and tax-deductible donation TODAY! 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
Here are the top highlights of our In the News from this year
Poligon President, Wardah Khalid, was interviewed by Al Jazeera Stream on the third anniversary of the discriminatory Muslim travel ban and her hope for its repeal as Congress moves forward with the NO BAN Act. Watch the full interview here. (Wardah begins speaking at 7:13)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.
Poligon’s president, Wardah Khalid, was featured on a podcast hosted by Cafe Tanweer, on the topic of the role that American Muslims have in the government, politics, and civic engagement. Listen to the podcast episode here: https://bit.ly/3gEeZeV
Advocacy on the Hill
Here are the top highlights of our advocacy on the Hill from this year
In February, Poligon visited Capitol Hill with other advocates to meet with Members of the House who had not signed on to support the NO BAN Act, which would repeal the Muslim Ban.
At the height of the pandemic, Poligon launched a COVID-19 Policy Update Center to help our community members and allies view information and actions they could take to understand and help shape policy on the pandemic.
Poligon joined several other national Muslim civic engagement organizations to create Muslim Civic Engagement toolkits, intended to educate community members and faith leaders on the importance of civic engagement in Islam and to facilitate political participation. Click here to view the toolkits The House Judiciary Committee voted to advance the NO BAN Act. Poligon was proud to attend with other advocates to show support for this important legislation.
Here are the top highlights of our events from this year
Poligon Education Fund’s First Hill Halal Happy Hour
In January, Poligon hosted our very first Hill Happy Hour in DC! We had a great time meeting and mingling with Muslims working on and off the Hill. Although COVID-19 has made it difficult to socialize, we hope to host more events once it is safe to do so!
Poligon’s Virtual Iftar
In May, Poligon hosted a virtual iftar! We were joined by special guests, RepresentativesJudy Chu and André Carson, who discussed the important work they are doing to protect vulnerable communities during this pandemic. We also received a special message from Rep. Rashida Tlaib on the importance of engaging with Congress and to be a good neighbor during these trying times.
CAIR Webinar on Census
In August, Poligon’s Media Director, Aksa Asgher, joined CAIR-California and MPower Change for a webinar on the importance of the Census and building Muslim political power in America. Check out the webinar here!
Coffee and Conversations with Muppies DC
Poligon participated in a Coffee and Conversations event hosted by Muppies DC in September. Poligon’s Media Director, Aksa Asgher, and the Executive Director of the Georgia Muslim Voter Project, Umer Rupani, discussed the importance of political advocacy and ways for Muslims to engage with the government.
Thank you for your support over the past year. Donate today to help us continue to amplify the American Muslim voices in Congress in 2021.
Stay active and Happy New Years,