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We the people of Philadelphia reject casinos in our city!
- Don't just donate, become a member!
- Become a member of Casino-Free now, for free, simply by signing up!
- As a member, you'll receive the latest information about ways you can help stop predatory gambling from coming to our city. And we will never share or sell your address — ever!
What do you get for your contribution? Your donation to Casino-Free Philadelphia supports:
- an experienced campaign director
- two additional organizers
- the Casino Town Watch
- strategic campaigns
- outreach and community-building events
- direct action trainings
- operational costs
- smart media strategy
Planning for a Casino-Free future
Since our founding on June 1, 2006, we have empowered Philadelphians to organize to protect their city from predatory gambling. We are continuing to give people tools to reduce the impact from the predatory tactics of casinos through programs like the Casino Town Watch.
Over our history, we've achieved significant successes in the fight against predatory gambling, including:
- Working with civic leaders across the city and Asian Americans United in opposing and successfully eliminating Foxwoods’ proposed site in the heart of the city.
- Causing more than two and a half years of delays before SugarHouse casino opened, at forcing the casino to open at one-third the size. While we continue to oppose any casino in Philadelphia, this means SugarHouse is having two-thirds' less of a negative impact on our city.
- Pressuring Mayor Nutter to oppose both Delaware riverfront sites, stopping Foxwoods from building at the site at Delaware and Reed after it had allegedly sunk $170 million into the project. Having been kicked out of Center City and no longer welcome in South Philly, Foxwoods is currently struggling to get even basic financing for its casino.
- Running Operation Hidden Costs, our first campaign focused on the economic costs of bringing an addiction-based industry into the city of Philadelphia, and publishing the Snake Eyes report detailing the poor investments Philly casinos make.
- Earning thousands of television, newspaper, and internet articles about this struggle, including generating coverage in The Washington Post, CNN, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, and international press. Most notably, shifting the editorial position of The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News from strongly in support of the casinos to strongly opposed.
- Organizing with national anti-casino groups, including speaking at the national Stop Predatory Gambling conference, and sharing material and contacts with similar groups in places like Gettysburg, Pa.; Columbus, Ohio; Buffalo, NY; Chicago, Ill.; Anne Arundel County, Md.; Ft. Wayne, Ind.; and across Massachusetts.
- Leading more than two dozen trainings and organizing events to grow our leadership capacity, including direct action training, media workshops and community organizing.
We did all of this with a budget of under $60,000. As grassroots organizers, we know how to do a lot with a little. We promise a big bang for your buck! Make a contribution today!