Wednesday, December 05, 2007

FROM Casino Free PHILA Week of actions


Yesterday we sent you news that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court allowed SugarHouse to sidestep city approvals and granted the casino the zoning classification opposed by the neighborhoods. This effectively gives SugarHouse the permission to process its construction documents with the City.

(For more details read the national AP story, Philadelphia Inquirer, or watch Fox 29. Complete media stories available by subscribing to

This morning we are examing all our options, including federal challenges, direct action strategies, and political channels. We have already crafted an action plan for this week.

We need your support now more than ever. We are calling on all our allies and supporters to join us for the following week of actions:

Emergency Action Training
Wednesday, December 5th at 7:00-9:00 pm
At our offices at 230 N. 2nd Street
We will briefing our supporters on the current situation, outline our immediate strategy and provide training for upcoming actions.

City Hall Action and Press Conference
Thursday, December 6th at 10:00 am
City Hall
We will hold a press conference to ask city officials and employees to refuse to recognize the decision by the courts.

Practice Run of a SugarHouse Site Occupation
Saturday, December 8th at 2:30-4:00 pm
At the SugarHouse Site in Fishtown/Northern Liberties

More details TBA.

Strategy Session
Sunday, December 9th from 1:00-4:00 pm
At our offices at 230 N. 2nd Street

A gathering of our allies to discuss strategy, next steps and future actions.

This is a tyrannical and unethical move by the court and requires an immediate and direct response. Casino-Free Philadelphia refuses to see this decision as anything but the result of government corruption and expects the city of Philadelphia to refuse to accept this affront on democracy. We are prepared to use the many actions at our disposal to prevent these casinos from building on our riverfront. Let us redouble our efforts to persuade our elected official to do the right thing. Let us not forget that everything stems from their decision to enact Act 71 (and from the City's decision to enact the CED). The politicians can amend these laws, if they want.

Please contact Lily Cavanaugh or Nico Amador with any questions or concerns regarding this meeting, and

This new hurdles means that we need to turn up the heat on those who can help us protect the city, the fight is far from over. Together, we can stop SugarHouse in its tracks.

Thanks for your support and solidarity.


- Daniel, Jethro, Nico, Lily, Paul and the rest of the Casino-Free team

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

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