Poligon and members of the Faithful Democracy are calling for at least $2 billion with upwards of $4 billion in the next response package for the Election Assistance Commission to support states and localities in the following: No-excuse absentee voting with prepaid postage (ballots mailed to all registered voters during an emergency). Extended Voter Registration Period with at least 15 days of early voting.
Poligon and other advocacy groups sent a letter to Congress in support of nondiscrimination language in all COVID-19 policy. The letter called on Congress to include - All COVID-19 response legislation must include language prohibiting discrimination by recipients of federal funds on any basis other than need or eligibility, such as (but not limited to) age, disability, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), race, color, national origin, or religion.
Poligon and over 111 advocacy groups sent a letter to Members of Congress sharing our economic security priorities for future COVID-19 legislation.
Our key principles and specific policy proposals, detailed in the attached letter, fall into the following areas:
Letter: Urging Congress to denounce the racism against the Asian American Community & Support H. Res 908
Poligon and other advocacy groups sent a letter calling on Congress to denounce the continued increase in racist attacks and discrimination against the Asian American community. And to support the bill H.Res 908 which calls on public officials to condemn and denounce anti-Asian sentiment, racism, etc related to COVID-19.
Poligon endorsed Representative Ilhan Omar's bill, the SNAP Online Purchasing Flexibility Act. The bill aims to require the Secretary of Agriculture to allow all states that meet the necessary requirements to participate in the online purchasing program by allowing approved retail food stores to accept online transactions of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. The bill would allow USDA to expand it's existing SNAP online purchasing pilot program from 8 states to all states.
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Poligon and 104 organizations urge the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to suspend all non-emergency rulemaking until at least 30 days after the national emergency declared on March 13, 2020 has ended. Given the importance of stable and safe housing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, making changes to regulations that would result in fewer people receiving housing assistance and undermining civil rights protections would exacerbate the current public health crisis.
Wardah Khalid, President, Poligon:
"In the Islamic faith, our values and tradition include providing food for the hungry. Food is a basic
human need and we must ensure that vulnerable communities have their needs meet by expanding
SNAP benefits. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, 'He who sleeps on a full stomach
whilst his neighbour goes hungry is not one of us.' We call on members of Congress to include expanding
SNAP benefits for those who need it in the next COVID-19 relief package. Families need support during
this time, and expanding SNAP will provide much-needed relief."
Poligon and other advocacy groups sent a letter to Congress urging to support additional, significant, and dedicated funding for child care. The need for a functioning child care system is also critical for getting families back to work and school as we recover from this crisis. If Congress does not take action to ensure that child care providers can serve essential workers now, and survive until this crisis ends, so that they and families around the country can return to work, that loss will grow exponentially, impeding the full recovery of the American economy.
Poligon and more than 150 refugee resettlement, faith, and other humanitarian and human rights organizations, sent a letter to Congress to ensure refugee priorities in future COVID-19 related legislation.
Many families are facing economic hardships due to the impacts of COVID-19 and should not have the added stress of paying off their child’s school lunch debt. Representatives Ilhan Omar (D-MN-5) and Deb Haaland (D-NM-1) recently introduced H.R. 6430, the Suspend School Meal Debt Act. This bill will suspend collection of all student meal debt during the COVID-19 pandemic.
School meal debt results in students going hungry, experiencing lunch shaming, and financial pressure on their families. This bill would suspend any late fees associated with unpaid meals, cancel the meal debt for families, and require the Department of Agriculture to reimburse each school food authority and local educational agency. Families deserve support during this time, and this bill will provide much-needed economic relief.
We urge members of Congress to co-sponsor the Suspend School Meal Debt Act and to include it in the next stimulus package.
We need your voice: Tell Congress to support suspending school meal debt during COVID-19!
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