RadioActive: June 20, 2017

  • June 20, 2017
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World Refugee Day, Imam Abdi Returns, Citizen Diplomats, Digital Inclusion

Hosted by Lara Jones and Noor Ul-Hasan, tonight's RadioActive focused on World Refugee Day. Guests included:

  • Refugee Justice League's Jim McConkie and Madina Mosque's Imam Abdi, who was prevented from boarding and detained several times during a return trip from Kenya—despite being a U.S. citizen for 10 years. Apparently, the U.S. government placed him on the U.S. no-fly list after leaving the country. With the aid of the league and an American Airlines pilot who demanded the family be allowed to board on the final leg of their journey from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City, Abdi and his family finally made it back to Utah Sunday afternoon.
  • The Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy's Felecia Maxfield-Barrett stopped by with citizen diplomats visiting Utah from Ukraine and Moldova. Oleksandra Matviichuk, Chairwoman of the Center for Civil Liberties in Ukraine, Tamila Tasheva, Chairwoman of CrimeaSOS in Ukraine, and Marin Alla, president of “Tarna Rom” Romani Youth Union in Moldova shared the fragile state of democracy in their respective countries.
  • Digital Respons-Ability's Carrie Rogers-Whitehead and Essam Alanssari talk about the way digital inclusion helps refugees adjust to life in Utah. For more information about the Refugee Technology Training program, click here.