Informational meeting planned for Wolverine Human Services refugee housing plans

By Bill Petzold

VASSAR — Protestors have had their opportunity to stand up and speak their piece about the proposal to bring undocumented Central American teenagers to the Wolverine Human Services camp in Vassar.

Marge Phillips is asking them to sit down and listen.

Phillips, a member of the Concerned Citizens Committee, has organized an informational meeting for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday (today) in the Vassar High School cafeteria, 220 W. Athletic St. in Vassar. So far, Senator Mike Green has agreed to be a speaker, and the group has sent invites to a number of other political and local leaders.

Phillips is a retired educator, and she prefers taking an educational approach to dealing with current issues. She hopes to provide answers to the public’s pertinent questions about the potential situation at Wolverine.

But it won’t be a question-and-answer format. Phillips said she has index cards on which guests can write down the questions they want answered, and Phillips said she hopes to have a panel of experts to provide information.

“We’re getting the best cooperation from the involved people,” Phillips said. “Hopefully, it’s correct information given by as high-ranking an official as I can get to speak it, presented in a form just like sitting in front of a TV. It’s going to be like the teacher or the professor telling you the way it is.”

Fairgrove president Tom Wassa also is expected to speak about the constitution in regards to the Wolverine situation.

Phillips stressed that neither she, nor Concerned Citizens Committee, nor the Western Thumb Tea Party of which she also is a member, were involved with organizing Monday’s protest at Vassar City Hall, and that she has arranged for security for Wednesday’s meeting to prevent attendees from being disruptive or disrespectful. She said that if people begin acting disrespectfully they will be asked to leave.

“My approach is not to be a rabble rouser,” Phillips said. “I don’t think that’s the right approach. My thought is, ‘How can we help Vassar approach this in a professional way?’”

The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. The meeting also will be streamed on the internet at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/michigan-concerns-for-conservatives. Visit TuscolaToday.com for a link to the event.

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