Participation Challenge Continues: Volunteer an Hour Sometime This
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!
out No Eastie Casino cards to commuters before work at the Wood Island T
station. Meet at Wood Island at 7 a.m. (RSVP:
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:
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)
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)
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)
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)
Hope to see you at one or more of these
What's Happening in the Photo Above? Democracy, That's
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,
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
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