Monday, July 09, 2007

Tell Rendell slots are NOT essential



While park employees and munincipal workers are being forloughed today by the state budget's impasse, a commonwealth judge granted special treatment to casino slot parlors. They remain open, while other "non-essential" companies remain closed. (Others, such as AFSCME workers had also sued to stay open. Does that mean the courts think slot parlors are "essential" but parks and the DMV are not?)

This is all the more reason to join Casino-Free Philly at Gov. Rendell's house.

Picnic outside Rendell's house
Tuesday, July 10th
5:30pm at 230 North 2nd Street OR
6:15pm at McMichael Park [Henry Ave & West Coulter, East Falls]

We will gather at 5:30pm at the Casino-Free Philly offices (230 North 2nd Street) and caravan to McMichael Park in East Falls, a short walk from the Governor's house.

If you want to join us there, plan to meet us at the park at 6:15 pm (McMichael Park is located at Henry Ave and West Coulter).

Once everyone has gathered at the park we will have our picnic and then proceed to the Gov. Rendell's house for a brief action.

Bring some friends.

(Other questions about the picnic? Contact Daniel at


A short while ago, Senator Fumo made a commitment to introduce the 1,500-foot buffer to the Delaware River Neighborhood Alliance (DRNA). Now he is trying to backtrack, instead of setting a standard across the board, he may try to introduce it for one casino and not all.

The DRNA is asking for allies to support the 25 civic associations who have backed the 1,500-foot buffer.

Sen. Fumo needs to hear from you ASAP to introduce legislation requiring a 1500' protective buffer between neighborhoods and casinos.  You can quickly and easily write Sen. Fumo here:


- Daniel Hunter, Jethro Heiko, and Anne Dicker
on behalf of the whole Casino-Free Philadelphia Team

Upcoming trainings

  • July 24th - Organizing training @ 6-9pm Learn more skills to organize your neighbors, convince others to keep our neighborhoods casino-free
  • July 31st - Facilitation Training @ 6-9pm Learn about how to facilitate meetings, create agendas, and hold meetings that energize
  • August 4th - Nonviolent Direct Action @ 11am-5pm Learn the theory and practice of direct action. If you're interested in participation in future actions -- or just want to check it out -- this is the training to attend! If you can only attend one training this summer -- this is the one!

(Trainings will be held at Casino-Free Philadelphia offices: 230 North 2nd Street.)

Casino-Free Philadelphia | PO Box 63724, Philadelphia, PA 19147 |

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