Wilmot Collins

Cindy Smith of Holiday Inn Missoula; Bob-Be Sparks of Holiday Inn Missoula; Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins; Missoula Mayor John Engen; Erica Bouris and Jen Barile, both of IRC, discuss immigration on July 11, 2018 in Missoula.
Maxine Speier

Immigrant populations in Missoula are contributing hundreds of millions of dollars to the local economy each year. At a panel held in Missoula today the mayors of both Missoula and Helena talked about the economic benefits of welcoming refugees and immigrants.

Wilmot Collins.
Courtesy Wilmot Collins for Mayor

Helena’s mayor of 16 years was unseated Tuesday by Wilmot Collins, who is receiving national attention for being the first black man elected mayor in Helena since the town was incorporated.

Collins won just over 51 percent of the vote on Tuesday night, defeating incumbent James Smith.

"Refugee Resettlement in Missoula" is Soft Landing’s second lecture. The forum was Tuesday, November 1, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in Urey Lecture Hall on the University of Montana campus. It was free and open to the public.
Soft Landing Missoula

The organization aiming to bring more refugees to Missoula is holding a public forum on the global refugee crisis Tuesday night.

Jim Buterbaugh speaks at a Missoula public discussion
Bree Zender

Two sides of the refugee debate faced off on whether or not Montana should take in refugees from other countries today.

The reality and history of racial prejudice in America is hard to discuss, and so we as a people and nation have largely avoided it. But over the past year, a series of police shootings of unarmed black men has changed that. People started talking, although sometimes at each other rather than with each other. The history of enslavement of blacks followed by a hundred years of the use of law to enforce second class citizenship adds to the difficulty of comfortable serious discussion. Wilmot Collins of Helena, Montana knows more about this than most people. Collins joins us this week on “Home Ground Radio”.