Your Heroic Neighbors On Trial

Casino-Free Philadelphia's mission is to stop casinos from coming to Philadelphia and close any that open. The social and economic costs of predatory gambling are plainly apparent from an industry reliant on addiction to survive. Learn more about predatory gambling.

Last September, 14 Philly residents lined the entrance to the SugarHouse construction site on the Delaware River and refused to move. Today, Tuesday, Feb. 16, these individuals are standing before a judge and defending their First Amendment rights.


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A little less than a month ago the six bidders for a second Philadelphia casino license put on a show at the convention center. Those of us who were there have already shared a few opinions on those presentations in general. But it may help to look at each proposal separately, and in a little more detail. We’ve got some ideas on how they can improve.



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October 24, 2012

As Bart Blatstein throws his “lavish launch party,” others, especially those who have to live next to the proposed casino, have been talking about how to stop it.  So, on November 12th, Casino-Free Philadelphia will host a meeting, along with the national organization Stop Predatory Gambling, to discuss casino development in Philadelphia.

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Danger: Quicksand Credit!SugarHouse casino, as well as most other casinos in the country, offer their customers unlimited lines of credit, which can only be used to gamble at the casino. There is no interest on the line of credit, and it must be paid back in 30 days.

The casinos call this a "convenience" so you don't have to carry large amounts of cash to the casino — but they'll happily give you more cash than you have. Having access to a line of credit makes a person more likely to keep playing — making SugarHouse's billionaire investors richer.

Billionaire investors tried payday loans to make money, but people saw through that scam. Then they tried sub-prime mortgages, and brought down the global economy. Now they're pushing quicksand credit.

In its first year of existence, SugarHouse has had numerous negative effects on Philadelphia and its residents — and quicksand credit is one of the worst causes.