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

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