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Monday, October 7, 2013

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No Eastie Casino

The Participation Challenge Continues: Volunteer an Hour Sometime This Week
null Thanks to the dozens of volunteers who spent time phone banking, and those that hit the streets this past week to deliver signs, canvass Please consider the ways you can volunteer this week!

Pass out No Eastie Casino cards to commuters before work at the Wood Island T station. Meet at Wood Island at 7 a.m. (RSVP: Sandra Nijjar)

Volunteer Activity Night: Join us for the latest updates, interact with voters, and prepare materials to share with neighbors. We desperately need volunteers to help with phone banking, so please consider stopping by for a bit to make some calls. Sacred Heart Church (303 Paris St), 6-8 p.m. (RSVP: Nicole)

Phone banking with Steve! We are looking for 10 additional volunteers to call voters during our set phone banking time. Sacred Heart Church (303 Paris St), 6-8 p.m. (RSVP: Steve)

SUPER SATURDAY! We're looking for volunteers to hit the streets with a smile and a stack of handouts and signs in Eagle Hill, Jeffries Point, Orient Heights, Maverick and the Wood Island area. Meet at Sacred Heart Church (303 Paris St), 9 a.m. (RSVP: Nicole)

Other needs:
  • Phone banking from home - can't make it out to a Wed. or Thurs. meeting to reach out to voters by phone? Let us bring you some call sheets so you can call folks on your own time. Call Nicole at (857) 574-0224.
  • Flyering in the morning - Bring information around to homes of East Boston voters.
  • Block and Precinct Captains - Are you the "mayor" of your block? Claim it for No Eastie Casino! Become a captain and help get the right info to your neighbors and your neighbors to the polls on Nov. 5!
  • Host a house party - We're still raising money so we can keep bringing our neighbors the whole story regarding casinos. Host a fundraising house party to raise funds and participation!
  • Got an idea? Let us know! Call Nicole: (857) 574-0224.
Hope to see you at one or more of these events!

What's Happening in the Photo Above? Democracy, That's What.
Last week, the city of Boston was greenlighted by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to break the law regarding the introduction of a casino here. Several weeks ago, No Eastie Casino members put the City of Boston and the City Council on notice for proceeding to a vote on the referendum date before voting on whether the referendum could occur before background checks were completed. (our position was that with something as important as proceeding with a vote before the completion of required background checks, an airing of all the information available in a public hearing was necessary)

Several of you wrote letters to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission asking, quite rightly, how the city could be trusted to uphold a mitigation agreement with Caesars when it couldn't follow simple regulations prior to a casino arriving.

Well, our complaint made it onto the agenda at last week's Massachusetts Gaming Commission meeting, where the City of Boston was present to request a "variance" to the Commission's regulations as written. The Commission unanimously approved the variance, essentially siding with casino developers and big-city governments over the interest of the people. They cited the belief that this doesn't affect the ability of the city to hold its referendum nor the Commission's ability to background check the applicant. They specifically mentioned that denying this variance would cause undue inconvenience to the city of Boston and Suffolk Downs in their application process. Casino developers and cities now know that they can skirt the law and have the Commission grant them variances to clean it up after the fact. A troubling precedent, indeed.
That said, members of No Eastie Casino made their presence felt, sitting on the front row, in full view of the Webcast camera. When the ombudsman began speaking on the matter, they had a little surprise for the Commissioners and the viewing public. Thus the photo above.

Thanks to the many of you who wrote in to the Commission about this matter last week. They noted in their comments the volume of response they received from this variance request.

In The News
The Boston Herald: "No slots filled at Caesars' jobs 'forum'"Turns out Suffolk Downs' job forum was a big bait-and-switch get-out-the-vote rally, frustrating many who attended thinking they would be given specifics regarding the 4,000 promised jobs.

Vegas, Inc.: "Gaming execs say casino industry has reached saturation point""New England is saturated," said Penn National Gaming President Tim Wilmott. Online gambling, experts say, also presents an imminent threat to brick-and-mortar casinos.

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