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Poligon Education Fund (Poligon) is a national, non-partisan organization dedicated to increasing Muslim American participation on Capitol Hill. Guided by values of peace, justice, and pluralism, we seek to amplify Muslim American voices in Congress through training, research, and education. At the same time, we aim to educate policymakers and make meaningful progress on issues of concern to Muslims and other marginalized communities such as civil rights, Islamophobia, and the economy.
The formation of Poligon comes at a time when anti-Muslim sentiment in the public and private spheres has reached its highest levels since 9/11. Consequences of Islamophobia include bullying in schools by both teachers and peers, public harassment of men and women perceived to be Muslim, and a travel ban barring Muslims from entering the U.S. Anti-shariah legislation, passed and pending in states around the country, is threatening to eliminate fundamental rights of Muslims to pray, fast, and give charity as prescribed by their faith. This is certainly not an environment that espouses our constitutionally protected principles of freedom and liberty for all.