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Reclaim the Riverfront
We're reclaiming the riverfront for our families, who deserve a place to safely raise their children.
We're reclaiming the jobs SugarHouse casino destroys—twice the number they create every year.
We're reclaiming the neighborhood through a casino town watch of the impacts of SugarHouse.
We're reclaiming the power of our communities to determine our future, not out-of-state billionaires.
We're documenting and exposing SugarHouse's predatory tactics through a casino town watch.
Just like a neighborhood watch, we'll be working to ensure the safety of our friends and neighbors. And if we shut down their predatory tactics, we shut down SugarHouse. Casinos will go bankrupt when they can no longer rely on addiction to survive.
Protecting our city — and our jobs
Casinos cost jobs
According to a report by the PA Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, for every one job created by a casino, three are lost.
The lost jobs are local jobs, in local businesses, demolished for the benefit of far-off billionaires looking to extract resources from our communities and neighbors.
Every year that SugarHouse is open, they destroy twice as many jobs as they create. The sooner they're shut down, the more jobs we'll save.
Casinos hurt workers
Casino investors are notorious anti-labor forces. Neil Bluhm, the billionaire behind the casino in Pittsburgh and SugarHouse here in Philly, has publicly advocated against the Employee Free Choice Act. Bluhm’s security officers in Pittsburgh even physically assaulted labor organizers.
SugarHouse has also decided to ignore the city's smoking ban — harming workers on a daily basis.
Philly can do better
We need jobs paid at a living wage, with benefits and with the ability of workers to organize. We don't need casinos that cost our city more jobs than they create.
Philadelphia is in the midst of a budget crisis, closing hospitals and “browning out” fire stations. These jobs could be saved if the city took money it’s investing in a predatory industry and supported the city’s essential services.
Join us, and let's reclaim our riverfront, our jobs, our neighborhood and our communities' power!
Campaign Dates:Summer 2010 to Summer 2011