Salaam, and welcome to our February newsletter! See below for what we were up to this month and our upcoming events:
Congressional Advocacy Training with NYU MSA
Poligon gave a training on Congressional advocacy at New York University, covering how Congress works and best practices for attending Congressional office visits and town halls.
Congressional Briefing: ICE's Virtual Dragnet
We attended a panel discussion on the Department of Homeland Security's plans to use automated scans for social media vetting of people seeking to travel to the United States. Civil liberties advocates raised concerns about the program's likely negative impacts on freedom of speech and potential for profiling of communities of color (including U.S. citizens), calling on Congress to use its oversight powers to block the program.
Op-ed Writing Workshop with Wajahat Ali
Poligon team members attended a workshop on op-ed writing hosted by the American Muslim Institution, featuring New York Times contributing op-ed writer Wajahat Ali. Ali discussed the importance of shaping your own narrative in a challenging time for Muslim communities.
In the News
Muslims are the most diverse faith group in America, and 1 in 5 Muslim Americans identify as Black. To commemorate Black History Month, we published a Buzzfeed article celebrating the achievements of 12 Black Muslim American leaders who have broken barriers to represent their communities.
Keep an eye out for more of our Congressional Advocacy 101 trainings this spring, including in Boston on March 19th (more details coming soon!) To bring a training to your community, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
February 14, 2018: February Recess
February 15, 2018: Poligon Commends Federal Appeals Court Decision Against Muslim Ban 3.0
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.
February 2, 2018: GOP Policy Retreat, State of the Union, Government Surveillance Controversy, Studying Auto Insurance Discrimination, Permanent Tax Cuts for Americans Act, STOP School Violence Act, Immigration Innovation Act, Ensuring Full Participation in the Census Act.
February 9, 2018: Government Shuts Down Again, BUILDS Act, Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act, McCain-Coons Immigration Plan, Uniting Families Act, STRIVE Act.
February 16, 2018: Appeals Court Rules Against Muslim Ban 3.0, Trump Budget Released, Immigration Debate, Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, ADA Education and Reform Act, Election Security Act.
Poligon is looking for some dynamic individuals passionate about Muslim Congressional advocacy to join our team! Please visit bit.ly/PoligonNational to learn more about these positions and how to apply:
Ayesha, Afif, Nadia, Wardah, and Farah