No issue lies more at the nexus of most of the major challenges we face today in our society than government-sponsored gambling. It impacts our economy, our politics, our ethics and our collective spirit as a nation. It is a defining issue about who we are as a people.
Stop Predatory Gambling is a movement more than an organization. We have dedicated ourselves to a fundamental national reform: ending government-sponsored gambling because it is dishonest, financially damaging to citizens and contributes to the institutionalized unfairness and inequality in our country. We believe no taxpayer dollar should be used by government to lure citizens into gambling away their money and becoming slaves to debt; no agency or entity of government should depend on gambling to fund its activities; and no legislature should pass laws to sponsor, promote or subsidize gambling.
Government’s experiment with gambling is one of the biggest public policy failures of the last forty years. We are committed to a more honest, fairer, healthier and more hopeful vision of the path to American prosperity.
A 501c3 non-profit based in Washington, D.C, Stop Predatory Gambling Foundation is a national, transpartisan, government reform network of individuals, family members and organizations from diverse backgrounds, political convictions and religious faiths. We are America’s only national organization with a mission dedicated to predatory gambling.
The roots of the movement began forming in the early 1990’s as state and community leaders challenged efforts to bring commercially exploitive forms of gambling into their communities. Tom Grey, a Rockford, Illinois resident who fought against a proposed casino in his community, emerged as an early leader of the movement representing a diverse national coalition of groups and individuals. As the movement continued to grow, it led to the organization of Stop Predatory Gambling Foundation in 2008.
We are the most diverse movement in the nation, an affirmation that most Americans share basic core principles and values regardless of their position along the political spectrum.
Dr. Taylor Branch, the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian of the Civil Rights Movement and biographer of Martin Luther King, was the keynote speaker at the launch of Stop Predatory Gambling Foundation held at National Harbor, Maryland in September 2008. Below is the video of Branch’s address. He begins to specifically speak to the government policy of predatory gambling after the 6:00 mark. Daniel Hunter of Casino Free Philadelphia was invited to introduce Branch. A special thanks to Casino Free Philadelphia for filming the video.