Salaam and Jummah Mubarak! It's hard to believe that a month has already passed since Poligon Education Fund officially launched in early January. Back then, Obama was President, Muslims and refugees were still welcome in the U.S., and mass protests weren't a daily occurrence. (Remember those days?)
Yes, the new President certainly has been busy since he took office, but so have we. Since our launch, Poligon represented as an official partner at the Women's March, spoke out against Trump's Executive Orders (#NoBanNoWall) on international television, and was featured in theWashington Post. After attending Jeff Sessions' controversial Senate confirmation hearing, Co-Founder and President Wardah Khalid penned a piece in the Huffington Post about how it actually strengthened her resolve to increase Muslim political participation.
Another source of motivation? The overwhelming support we've received from the community. Many of you visited our website, liked our Facebook page, and donated to our cause. Some, moved by our mission and vision, offered to serve as grassroots organizers in their hometown while others applied to volunteer or intern with us. We are truly grateful!
Currently, we are in the process of interviewing interns and fellows, applying for grants, and collecting donations in order to hire staff. In the coming months, we aim to begin sending out weekly legislative updates and regular action alerts on issues you care about, offer trainings on best practices for Congressional engagement, and obtain specialized software to help you connect with your representatives quickly and easily.
For all you social media fiends, our Instagram and Twitter is up and running :) Feel free to forward this newsletter to others and don't forget to donate!
Till next time,
Afif, Nadia, and Wardah