Salaam, and welcome to our December 2018 newsletter! Here's what we were up to last month:
Muslim Ban Letter to Congress with 118 Organizations
Poligon, along with 118 national, state, and local organizations sent a letter to Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Representative Jerry Nadler (D-NY) requesting a hearing on Proclamation 9645 also known as the Muslim Ban. Congress has done nothing for almost two years since the policy has been passed.
Delivering a Petition Against the Muslim Ban to Congress
Poligon joined Muslim advocates and allies on Capitol Hill to deliver a petition signed by 150,000 people, urging members to repeal the Muslim Ban that has ripped families apart. Poligon Founder and President Wardah Khalid had the opportunity to engage with fellow Muslim leaders at year end galas of Muslim Advocates, Islamic Relief USA Gala, ISNA, and Quaker allies at the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL).
December 20, 2018: Poligon Education Fund welcomes the passage of H.R. 2 and S. 3042, also known as The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 or Farm Bill.
We've been keeping you up-to-date of the latest on Capitol Hill with our Hill Happenings going straight to your inboxes every Friday.
December 7, 2018: Democratic House Members Propose Religious Exemption to Headwear Ban, House Democrats Reveal First Bill for New Congress, Congress Passes Two-Week Funding Extension to Avert Shutdown
December 14, 2018: Trump Clashes with Pelosi and Schumer on Wall Funding, Congress Overhauls Sexual Harassment Policy, Senate to Vote On Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Bill
December 21, 2018: Senate Votes to Make Lynching a Federal Crime, Sen. Gillibrand Pushes for End to Cash Bail System, Trump Administration Announces Bump Stocks Ban
Our New Legislative Fellow:
Ruwa Romman graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Oglethorpe University in 2015, where she served as President of Student Government and COEXIST Oglethorpe. She is passionate about politics, civic engagement, and interfaith dialogue and hopes to empower as many people as possible to become more civically engaged. She has worked as a Field Organizer for the Georgia Muslim Voter Project and served as Communications Director at CAIR Georgia. Ruwa is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Policy from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University.
Our New Media Intern:
Isbah Usmani is a freshman at the University of Houston majoring in Finance, where she is an active member in the Finance Association and in the Bauer Honors College. She is passionate about helping grow Muslims' awareness in politics and hopes to expand Poligon's social media outreach.
Stay active and Happy New Year!
Wardah, Afif, Nadia, Aksa, and the Poligon team