The story of Poligon began in late 2014, when Founder Wardah Khalid accepted a fellowship with a Quaker lobby in D.C. The Christian group of less than 75,000 in the U.S. actively and effectively lobbies and educates Congress, the administration, and public on foreign and domestic policies. Wardah’s goal was to create something similar for the 3-8 million Muslims in the U.S.
After learning the ropes, Wardah began training community groups on how to engage with their elected officials through town halls, office visits, and phone calls. (Those trainings would become the material Poligon utilized to train thousands of Muslims and allies across the country). In late 2015, Wardah put together a team of accomplished professionals in D.C. including Tamim Chowdhury, Afif Rahman, and Rahfin Faruk, to help bring her vision to life. Poligon Education Fund launched in January 2017 and has continued to work since then to amplify American Muslim voices in Congress.
A 2019 ISPU study commissioned by Poligon and other Muslim civic engagement groups showed that only 17% of American Muslims had contacted their Members of Congress in the last year, the lowest of all faith groups. This lack of participation creates missed opportunities that not only negatively affect our community, but also impede pluralism and limit our individual and collective power. At Poligon, we seek to create an America where Muslims and allies feel empowered to make their voices heard in the halls of Congress, and their representatives actively seek their input in the policy making process.
Poligon seeks to amplify Muslim voices in Congress in two ways:
- training the community on how to engage with their elected officials and educating them about the policies that impact them
- educating and advocating with policymakers to promote positive policy change on issues such as civil rights, Islamophobia, and social, racial, and economic justice.
We train and empower thousands of American Muslims and allies across the country on how to engage with their elected officials through office visits, townhall meetings, phone calls and emails.
Key Times to Engage
We send out action alerts on pressing issues, votes, bills etc. So our community knows when and how to reach their representatives and make the maximum impact.
Leadership and Staff
Our staff brings together expertise in professional and constituent lobbying with strong communications, fundraising, and operations support.