Salaam, and welcome to our December newsletter! See below for what we were up to this month and our upcoming events:
Beyond the Muslim Ban Briefing
We attended a panel discussion of immigration and civil rights activists on the effects of President Trump’s third Muslim travel ban, and how measures such as extreme vetting and the revocation of certain visa programs could further limit the number of Muslims entering the United States. In opening remarks, Rep. Chu (D-CA-27) called on advocates to continue opposing the ban and encourage their members of Congress to do the same.
Extreme Vetting Briefing
Poligon also attended a discussion hosted by the Brennan Center on the Trump Administration’s proposed “extreme vetting” of immigrants and visitors to the United States. Panelists highlighted the pitfalls of trying to scan social media data to determine terrorism risks and warned of its potential effects on freedom of speech.
No Muslim Ban Ever Rally
We joined a rally of Muslims and allies gathered in front of the Supreme Court to protest its decision to let Muslim Ban 3.0 go into effect, and renew their support for families who will be affected by the ban. Rep. Chu (D-CA-27) and Rep. Kildee (D-MI-5) also called for the country's leaders to live up to its ideals of tolerance and diversity.
Rally Against the GOP Tax Plan
On the day the conference committee on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act met, we attended a rally of members of Congress and advocates to oppose the plan and call for the final vote on the bill to be postponed until Senator-Elect Doug Jones (D-AL) is sworn in.
Protect Patients Day of Action
Poligon attended a rally of medical professionals and activists at the Capitol against provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that would reduce access to healthcare. Afterward participants visited Congressional offices to share their stories of how the bill would negatively impact them.
House Democrats Press Conference
Poligon attended a press conference on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act hosted by Minority Leader Pelosi (D-CA-12), featuring faith leaders and Americans who rely on programs that could experience funding reductions as a result of the bill.
In the News
Poligon was featured in a story about the rise in Muslim civic engagement post-2016 by writer Sekar Krisnauli.
You're invited to our first anniversary bash on January 26th, 2018 in Washington, DC! Click here for more information and to get your tickets. Early bird prices are available until January 12th. All proceeds go toward supporting Poligon Education Fund's work!
December 12, 2017: Last Chance to Stop the Destructive Tax Reform Plan!
December 20, 2017: Poligon Education Fund Denounces Passage of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
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.
December 1, 2017: Tax Reform Plan Stalls in the Senate, Expanding Surveillance Powers, Reducing Long-Term Unemployment Act, Allowing Concealed Carry Gun Permits Over State Lines, Disaster Relief for Puerto Rico.
December 8, 2017: Draining the Swamp, Muslim Ban 3.0 Goes into Effect, Tax Reform Goes to Conference Committee, Avoiding Government Shutdown, Higher Education Reform, Addressing Workplace Harassment, Presidential Impeachment.
December 15, 2017: Deal Reached on Republican Tax Reform Plan, Protecting Religiously Affiliated Institutions Act, Restoring Net Neutrality, Student Security Act, Protecting Students From Worthless Degrees Act.
December 22, 2017: Congress Approves Final Tax Reform Bill, Government Shutdown Averted, Korematsu-Takai Civil Liberties Protection Act, RAISE Family Caregivers Act.
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Ayesha, Afif, Nadia, and Wardah