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Salaam! We hope you are keeping it cool as the summer heat rises. These past two months, Poligon has transitioned from virtual to in-person networking and facilitation of advocacy trainings. Below are your latest updates from May and June.
ADVOCACY TRANINGS

Poligon Trained Over 300 Muslim Delegates on Capitol Hill
On June 13-14, Poligon joined the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) and more than 300 Muslim delegates from 20 states for the USCMO’s 7th Annual Muslim Advocacy Days. Our Poligon team delivered a virtual advocacy training on June 8th and kicked off the in-person program with our signature advocacy training to ensure all delegates are prepared for their lobby meetings with Congressional offices. Additionally, our trainers briefed the participants on the 4 issues the delegation advocated for: 

  1. Hold the Department of Homeland Security accountable for its “CP3” Countering Violent Extremism program and demand transparency in reporting. 
  2. Demand a pathway to lawful residence and citizenship for Afghan refugees.
  3. Cancel student debt, and institute a zero-interest loan program.
  4. Urge the Senate to pass the Combating Global Islamophobia Act (S. 3384)

Poligon Trained the American Muslim Health Professionals
On May 25, Poligon facilitated a virtual advocacy training with our partners from the American Muslim Health Professionals. The training was hosted only days after the heart-wrenching news from Uvalde, Texas, and held space for community members to grieve, pray, and learn how to take action. It was not lost on us that mass shootings are a public health issue that every American should be concerned about. 

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Poligon Attended Muslim Public Service Network Events
Poligon Founder and Board President, Wardah Khalid, and Policy Staff Members, Johanna Mustafa, and Dalaal Jaber, joined the Muslim Public Service Network (MPSN) for two community networking events at the MPSN residence. We were proud to meet with the MPSN Fellows and speak with them about our work and ways they can pursue professional careers in policy. The fellows are young Muslim leaders from all walks of life who are spending their summer interning at public service institutions like Congress and the State Department.

LETTERS TO CONGRESS AND THE ADMINISTRATION

Poligon joined the Declaration for American Democracy coalition in sending a letter to the Senate, urging Senators to actively support and advance the DISCLOSE Act for a floor vote. The DISCLOSE Act was a core part of the Freedom to Vote Act (a bill we endorsed and advocated for in the Senate as well) that would shine a light on dark money and restore transparency and accountability to our political system. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has indicated the intention to schedule a debate and vote on the DISCLOSE Act in the coming weeks.

In response to the concerning tens of millions of students struggling with student loan debt, and as a follow-up to our advocacy efforts and meetings with Congressional offices earlier this month on this issue, we joined the Payment Pause Coalition in a letter to the Biden administration, urging the President to extend the pause on student loan payments and canceling a substantial amount of federal student loan debt for borrowers.

STAFF UPDATES

Meet Angie - our new Media Associate! 
Based in Atlanta - Georgia, Angie Uddullah (Thuy Tran) is passionate about convening politics, law, and education to further human rights. Her life experiences as an immigrant from a former war zone motivated her to pursue her J.D. this fall, and she hopes to give back to other immigrants and refugees through the law.

Angie graduated with a Master’s in Education Policy and a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish. As a non-native English speaker, Angie assisted others by teaching English to youth for over five years, including her Fulbright Fellowship in Mexico. As a new Muslim mother, she is excited to join the Poligon team and work towards empowering and amplifying Muslim American voices. Learn more about Angie here

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