By Leslie Raff
About 40 members of R.A.M.P. (Refugee Assistance Morris Partners) gathered at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on Tuesday night to brainstorm how to move forward in the face of President Trump’s recent ban on Syrian refugees.
“Our focus is to help Syrians come here and settle,” said the Rev. Janet Broderick, rector of St. Peter’s, who hosted the meeting.
The 150-member organization, comprised of 20 faith groups, including mosques, synagogues and churches from across Morris County, helped settle its first Syrian family in Boonton in November 2016.
Broderick’s agenda for the evening was to focus on four themes and figure out the next step. The categories:
- Growth of strategic relationships/fundraising
- Political action
- Stress reduction on immigrants
Attendees were asked to vote for one category, prioritizing a course of action. Political action won out hands down, and members were encouraged to write their local congressman and telephone every day.
In addition, the group agreed on the importance of continued support to their refugee family, and also identifying and connecting with other like-minded organizations.
Broderick then asked: “Where should we show up together with our banner?”
“Let’s join with our R.A.M.P. banner and demand a town hall meeting with Rodney Frelinghuysen,” a woman exclaimed.
R.A.M.P. and members of Morris County’s Jam-e-Masjid Islamic Center plan to gather at the Congressman’s Morristown office (30 Schuyler Place) on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, between 2 pm and 3 pm.
NJ 11th for Change has scheduled a membership meeting for Sunday, Feb. 5, at 2 pm at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road, Morris Township.
Later in the month, Frelinghuysen will be invited to a series of “town hall meetings” throughout the district, including a Feb. 21 meeting in Boonton.
And on April 1, R.A.M.P. is inviting the public to join a welcome dinner party for its refugee family, at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship at 5 pm.