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Thanksgiving Recess - November 20-24

There's a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving - including our democracy. Next week members of Congress will be back in your home state, and it's a great opportunity to directly tell them about the issues that are most important to you!

Here’s how:

Who are your members of Congress?
Visit 
www.house.gov and www.senate.gov to find out who represents you.

Want to visit your representative?
Learn how to schedule a meeting and make the most impact with our 
How-To: Office Visit. Try to schedule your meeting as early in advance as possible.

Want to attend a town hall instead? Town Hall Project has a simple search engine to find the nearest town hall meeting to you. Just enter in your zip code. Use our How-To: Town Hall to help you prepare. Bring your friends and family to make your voice heard!

Not sure what to talk about?

We've got you covered. Our policy briefs and action alerts on Islamophobia, bullying, and civil rights are great to look over and bring along to a meeting. You can also stay up to date on legislation going through Congress with our Hill Happenings newsletter.

Here are some ideas for issues to address:

Muslim Bans: President Trump has continued to issue executive orders restricting visitors, immigrants, and refugees from many countries, especially those with large Muslim populations. As these discriminatory actions are challenged in the courts, you can encourage your elected officials to take a strong stand against policies that discriminate by religious or national background. If you have relatives in one of the targeted countries, tell your representative how these bans serve to keep you apart from them.

Bullying: Muslims students report being bullied at rates much higher than the overall American student population - sometimes as much as 50 to 70 percent. Students are not currently protected by law from being bullied on the basis of religion, and more can be done to ensure that students from all backgrounds can be educated in a safe environment. Check out our resources on bullying, including policy proposals that you can recommend to your members of Congress to address this issue.

Tax Reform: The House and Senate are currently working on a plan to overhaul the tax code. If you pay taxes, these reforms will affect you - especially if you have a house, student loans, children, or a small business. It’s important for elected officials to know how proposed changes would positively or negatively impact your wallet and your family.

H.Res 257: This bipartisan House resolution condemns hate crimes and other forms of violence and discrimination against minorities in the United States. It was introduced by Rep. Comstock (R-VA-10) and now has 57 cosponsors. The Senate version of the resolution (S.118), introduced by Sen. Harris (D-CA), passed unanimously. Let your member of Congress know how hate crimes affect you and your community, and encourage them to support and protect Muslims and other religious minorities through such resolutions.

Let us know at info@poligonnational.org how your visit goes, or make a post about your visit on social media. Be sure to tag @poligonnational on Twitter and Instagram!

Stay active,

Afif, Ayesha, Nadia, and Wardah

Poligon Education Fund is a 501c3 non-profit charitable organization dedicated to amplifying the American Muslim voice in Congress. Donations are tax deductible and zakat eligible.
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