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Political official attempts to silence citizen leader from speaking against state-sanctioned casinos

When you push something that will lower a region’s standard of living and severely harm thousands, you are forced to silence credible citizen leaders who publicly reveal the truth. http://www.journalinquirer.com/public/maynard-muzzled-casino-opponent-steele-first-selectman-wouldn-t-let/article_82861b10-0fdd-11e7-86a2-4bf30374b152.html

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National Week of Action to Stop Predatory Gambling Sept 25 through Oct 1

National Week of Action to Stop Predatory Gambling is Sept 25 through Oct 1. One of the major actions that week is to organize more than 200 local screenings of the new film “Out of Luck” across the United States… Read more

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This weekend across the U.S. and Australia

This weekend thousands of citizens across the U.S. and Australia are participating in the first National Day of Action Against Predatory Gambling Over 130 different actions in more than 25 states are planned. New Mexico citizens already made statewide headlines… Read more

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This weekend

This weekend thousands of citizens across the U.S. and Australia are participating in the first National Day of Action Against Predatory Gambling Over 130 different actions in more than 25 states are planned. New Mexico citizens already made statewide headlines… Read more

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Repealing casinos in Massachusetts

If you believe it’s wrong for Massachusetts state government to sponsor casinos in your community or anyone else’s, then please invest two hours on Sunday afternoon, Sept 27th to join us as a Freedom Player. One of the most amusing… Read more

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“We, the Losers,” our update on the national movement to stop predatory gambling is out

To read the update, click on the cover:

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SPG’s Bernal presents to Congress on how state-run gambling contributes to rising unfairness and inequality

SPG’s Les Bernal recently presented on the public policy of government-sponsored gambling at a hearing before a congressional subcommittee. He explained why any serious effort to address the rising unfairness and inequality in America must include, as part of its… Read more

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First National Day of Action Against Predatory Gambling, Sept. 26 & 27

Bobby Hafemann took his life because he became addicted to electronic gambling machines. Who was the primary sponsor and beneficiary of the machines that led to his death? His own state government.  Bobby’s sister, Ronda Hatefi, has organized an annual… Read more

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The best campaign I ever worked on…

It was a beautiful spring thaw day in February 2013, sunny with temps in the 50s, when a neighbor knocked on my door to ask me where I stood on the casino proposal in Milford. I wear my politics on… Read more

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The “losers” just shared the truth with Congress

This week retiring U.S. Congressman Frank Wolf presented a statement for the Congressional Record on behalf of SPG that directly confronted how the policy of government-sponsored casinos and lotteries is dishonest, harmful and creates unfairness and inequality of opportunity. We… Read more

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SPG’s National Victims Advocate powerfully speaks out in today’s Chicago Tribune

Melynda Litchfield, SPG’s National Victims Advocate, has a powerful op-ed in today’s Chicago Tribune about the failure of state government to protect the safety of its own citizens from the exploitation of predatory gambling operators, operators who are sponsored by… Read more

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“What do you do when the toothpaste is out of the tube?”

In the video below, Les Bernal of Stop Predatory Gambling presents to an audience of more than one thousand people at the New York State Capitol about why it is so critical that government phase out its sponsorship of predatory… Read more

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A New Generation of Leaders Takes On Government’s Predatory Gambling Program

New political leaders like Maryland Del. Heather Mizeur continue to emerge who are calling out government’s predatory gambling policy. It is one of the biggest policy failures of the last forty years and leaders like Mizeur will play a leading… Read more

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The government’s days of practicing gross exploitation through casinos and lotteries are numbered

Below is one of the very best columns ever written about how government’s partnership with gambling has failed. It was just published on July 15th and was written by Australian Senator Nick Xenophon. “Pokies” are the equivalent of slots in… Read more

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Financing government by exploiting “the weakness of the people”

Today, we share an excellent post by Ivan Zabilka of Kentucky. He writes: Yesterday a retired friend who is cleaning out his files gave me a little booklet called “The Moral Case Against Gambling,” written in 1965 by G. Bromley… Read more

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A glimpse at what future ad campaigns against government’s failed predatory gambling program might look like

As we begin 2012, we are now one year closer to ending government’s failed predatory gambling program. Here is a glimpse at the kind of ads you will see aired in the not-so-distant future:

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New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo Should Fold His Hand on Casino Debate

Jerome Nathaniel of PolicyMic has a first rate column about why building casinos in New York is the wrong direction for the state. He writes: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo deserves all the acclaim he has received for an impressionable… Read more

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Watch Florida casino promoters be afraid to use the word “casino” at their own press conference

Predatory gambling operators promote the “destination resort” message because it polls very well, much better than framing it as casinos or slot parlors. The public conjures nice restaurants, golf courses and high-end retail as opposed to the most predatory business… Read more

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“You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours”.

Somerville, Massachusetts artist Edie Bresler presents her month-long participatory installation “You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours”. Bresler’s installation is at the Inside-Out Davis Square Art Windows located on Elm St between Dover and Day St. The Installation focuses on… Read more

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Florida needs your voice

Below is an excellent email by Florida CasinoWatch…please read it and take action if you are a citizen of Florida. From Casinowatch: Senate President Haridopolis has hand picked his committee chairs to guarantee passage of gambling expansion next January.  That… Read more

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Problem Gambling Awareness Day 2011

Julie Hynes, one of the organizers of Oregon’s Problem Gambling Awareness Day, posted this video of our speech at the State House in Salem, Oregon on September 29th. Hynes joined with Ronda Hatefi to honor Ronda’s brother Bobby (who killed… Read more

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How did America’s leaders view predatory gambling operators during the Great Depression?

During the Great Depression, leaders like the legendary New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia aggressively went after those who preyed on the financial struggles of his city’s working class. Below is a brief video of Mayor La Guardia dumping… Read more

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The collapse of government’s failed policy of predatory gambling draws one step closer

For anyone curious about what the long-term future holds for government’s failed policy of predatory gambling, one must read the remarks delivered on the House floor yesterday by Massachusetts State Rep. Ruth Balser, D-Newton, during the casino debate. She put… Read more

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Philadelphia leads way against “Quicksand credit” at casinos

Casino-Free Philadelphia, a vocal and effective citizens group against government’s policy of predatory gambling in that city, is hosting a meeting TOMORROW, Saturday, Sept. 10 from 1:30 to 4:30 PM at their Center City office, 714 Market Street, Suite 3…. Read more

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“Get Government Out of Gambling” effort kicks off

Paul Davies, a former first-rate investigative reporter and editorial writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer who is now a fellow at the Institute for American Values, has kicked off his “Get Government Out of Gambling”  blog. The link is www.getgovernmentoutofgambling.org. Paul’s… Read more

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Connecticut citizen leader acts to reveal state lottery’s predatory practices

The Hartford Courant’s Rick Green, one of America’s elite journalists on the failed policy of predatory gambling, has an excellent column about a citizen effort in Connecticut led by Adam Osmond, a former lottery agent who has filed a series… Read more

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Students protest against the government’s policy of promoting slot machines

Students at Otago Polytechnic challenged the government policy of predatory gambling during what they called a “down-to-earth” demonstration. They were particularly interested in highlighting electronic gambling machines, the most extreme form of predatory gambling because they are highly addictive and… Read more

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60 Minutes Interview Sparks Visit to SugarHouse Casino for Answers

Casino Free Philadelphia, a strong and active citizens group in the city opposing predatory gambling, organized an action against SugarHouse casino yesterday in a followup to the 60 Minutes expose. Below is the media advisory they distributed prior to the action: A group of… Read more

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Huge push for predatory gambling expansion dies in Illinois

On the heels of the powerful 60 Minutes segment that aired this past Sunday night, a massive bill to expand predatory gambling during a lame duck session of the Illinois Legislature went down to defeat. You can read the news… Read more

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No One Should Stand Alone

Oregon, a state with a very aggressive predatory gambling program, recently recognized Problem Gambling Awareness Day. It was the result of effective advocacy by Oregon citizens standing up for those who have been victimized by this government program. The activities of… Read more

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Host a party to watch 60 Minutes spotlight predatory gambling

The national news program 60 Minutes has been working hard for a long time on a segment about predatory gambling in America with a specific focus on electronic gambling machines. The segment is scheduled to air in 2011. We are… Read more

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Forgetting what they did there

This week the Pennsylvania Gambling Control Board is holding public hearings on a proposed casino in Gettysburg – a place where more than 50,000 men were killed, wounded or captured in one of the most important events in American history. More… Read more

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Turning love your neighbor as yourself into the American Way

The Dallas Morning News has a terrific story this week in which they ask area faith leaders this question: If Texas is looking at cutting spending on education, health care, and other vital services, is it wrong to turn to… Read more

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You are the media

Here is an excellent example of how citizens are exposing the truth about predatory gambling in a very persuasive way. This brief video was put together by a woman in Massachusetts who continues to be very active in the state fight… Read more

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The Regeneration

New York Times columnist Tom Friedman wrote an excellent column yesterday about what will be required to face the serious economic challenges in front of us:  “Our parents truly were the Greatest Generation. We, alas, in too many ways, have… Read more

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Philadelphia puts the casinos on trial

Today, thirteen Philadelphia citizens arrested in a highly-publicized but peaceful demonstration against the government program of predatory gambling were found not guilty. The citizens had lined the entrance to the proposed SugarHouse casino site which recently started construction. The Sugarhouse… Read more

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Pennsylvania State Senator acknowledges casinos are predatory

Pennsylvania citizens opposed to predatory gambling have been working hard to defeat legislative efforts that would allow casinos in their state to extend credit to gamblers. The Philadelphia Inquirer has a report here. Predatory gambling opponents visited the West Philadelphia… Read more

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Taking action against allowing casinos to extend credit to slot machine users

Philadelphia citizens are rightly challenging legislation that would allow casinos to extend easy credit to anyone playing a slot machine. They are organizing an action outside of State Senator Shirley Kitchen’s district office this afternoon at 1:30pm. Participating groups include:… Read more

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A movement to restore economic principles and values

New York Times columnist David Brooks wrote a MUST READ column on America’s critical loss of economic values. And the first culprit he targets on the list is state-sponsored predatory gambling. Brooks writes: “Evidence of this shift in values is… Read more

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Stop Predatory Gambling reaches Taiwan

SPG was contacted in early August by the leader of a Taiwanese predatory gambling opposition group who was working to defeat a September 26th casino referendum in that country. They were looking for facts and talking points about predatory gambling… Read more

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