Sep 9, 2021
Join host Hank Thompson as he discusses the arrival of Afghan immigrants in the Saint Louis area. Hank is joined by International Institute CEO Arrey Obenson, third ward Alderman Brandon Bosley, sixth ward Alderwoman Christine Stroer Ingrassia, and fifteenth ward Alderwoman Dr. Megan Green.
Obenson estimates that Saint Louis will be getting as many as one thousand Afghan immigrants or more in the near future. Today’s guests acknowledge the importance of being welcoming to immigrants and the benefits to the community that would be brought upon their arrival.
The panel also takes a look at how, especially in northern wards, resources for people of color have not been adequately supplied. It is necessary now more than ever for the government to focus on providing aid to historically impoverished communities of color, thereby enabling Afghan immigrants to also have access to necessary resources when they arrive.
Alderman Brandon Bosley of the third ward
Alderwoman Dr. Megan Green of the fifteenth ward
Alderwoman Christine Stroer Ingrassia of the sixth ward
International Institute CEO Arrey Obenson
Podcast Editor and Curator is Kevin Melter, with Production Support from Ryan Voelkel and Jon Valley.