Anti-Gitmo coalition maps out plans of action


STANDISH — Monday night the Resurrection of the Lord Catholic Church’s cafeteria attracted about 150 people ready to do more than just talk about opposing the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to Standish Max.

They were ready to hit the streets, as they did on Tuesday when they protested outside of Standish mayor Kevin King’s house, and also plan to do Friday at the corner of US-23 and M-61.

Kelly Kimball, a Standish resident and member of the Michigan Coalition to Stop Gitmo North, instructed people in attendance Monday to call state and U.S. Representatives and Senators to oppose the move.

“Call their offices everyday in Washington D.C. and let them know how you feel,” she said. “We want to make sure when we get our point across we’re very civil and we’re not rude.”

Dave Munson, another Standish member of the coalition, said unfunded federal mandates and outside protesters would follow the Gitmo detainees to the prison.

“There’s a lot of side issues if these people come here. … There is no job benefit if they come here,” he said, adding that coalition members and protesters of the transfer could make a difference. “If we make enough noise, we will not get these people here.”

During the event Monday night, ideas were also collected for other ways to use the prison, or market the prison, and people were informed that some townships were beginning to pass resolutions against the Guantanamo Bay detainees being transferred to Standish Max.

“We did pass a resolution,” said Lincoln Township Supervisor Dave Hertzberg. “We’re supporting anything but Guantanamo Bay prisoners.”

It was also said at the event that Clayton Township was planning on passing a resolution against the transfer as well.

The prison is scheduled to close officially Oct. 31.


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I think the point of "there are no job benefits if they come here" needs to be focused on a little more...because what people need to hear is the same things I heard last night... that if GITMO were here the prison is a military prison and the personnel is on a 6 month rotation, which means they are NOT buying homes here, they are NOT sending their children to our schools, they are NOT buying gas at our gas stations, they will live on base..... I think there is a misconception that Standish will benefit.. it needs to said, specifically that they won't - not to mention the unfunded mandates, perhaps that could be explained better in the paper- so the citizens understand how this will COST the city......

Additionally I was very disappointed that the City Council says they are waiting for more answers- while that may be percieved as reasonable, what the citizens AREN'T hearing/reading is that they AREN'T even asking specific questions on behalf of the are they waiting for the Feds to come to them????

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 | Report this

You raise a good point KKarpinski. Because people will only be living in the county for 6 months, they will provide no economic benefit. You know, I haven't bought any gas in the past 6 months, or groceries, or paid any rent.

It's actually a law, if you live in a place for only 6 months, the host city has to give you everything for free and you don't have to spend a dime.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 | Report this

Hey KKarpinski I think we got a Kool Aid drinker here.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 | Report this

I think KKarpinski and Elmer need to read Congressman Bart Stupak's letter to the Independent on Oct. 28 about the subject. It addresses all of your fear-mongering techniques and ridiculous rhetoric you use to scare the vulnerable.

The fact of the matter is that NONE of you know ANY facts on the matter. EVERYTHING is speculation at this point and NO PROPOSAL has been discussed. Please read the letter before you narrow-mindedly spread lies and filth in the community on an honest subject that needs to be thought through when the REAL facts are released.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 | Report this

Just Want To Say To The Persons Running for Mayor You Shouldn'T Throw Stones in Your Statements Because It Will Be Remembered When Election Time Comes ,You Can'T Win And You Need To reaccess Your Political Views Maybee That Guy Up In Alger Could Help You LOL

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 | Report this

Hey, here's an idea: why doesn't Mr. Munson hold these coalition meetings at his disgusting little bar, so that I can go back to my church in peace?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 | Report this

Ya i Can See Him Now Big Mayor Of Standish News Flash Just Like Kwame In Detroit HAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH Always In it For Themselves What A joke Why Isn't In The Town Crier LOL

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 | Report this

Here we go again the hysterical jobernowls are being their noisy selves. I remember about 24 years ago when the same uniformed folks were saying the same thing. Did you see the influx of criminal into the county that was forecast? NO. But what did you see a good bunch of hardworking folks who probably made a good contribution to the county. Did the criminals in the prison run the street as forecast? NO. AND you know what I don’t think you will see a bunch of camels coming down M 13 either. It is sad that the prison may be staffed with non Michigan DOC personal. I am sure they are every bit as well trained as any bunch of Army regs that will be employed. But then we have a governor who is a light weight in the world of politics and two senators who are not much better. Signed a graduate of the Class of 1962.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 | Report this

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