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Thursday, September 24, 2015

National Day of Action Against Predatory Gambling: Action against casinos in Massachusetts this weekend

This weekend thousands of citizens across the U.S. and Australia are participating in the first National Day of Action Against Predatory Gambling
Over 130 different actions in more than 25 states are planned. New Mexico citizens already made statewide headlines with their action. 

In Massachusetts, our action is simple but powerful. We enter a local casino, sit down at a slot machine, put in our money and then we begin Freedom Playing. Freedom Playing means you play the machine any way you want except you don’t press the Play button. While we Freedom Play, some of us talk with a friend, some read a book and some even knit. 

We will be using our freedom to play these machines in such a way that: 1) spotlights how predatory gambling contributes to rising unfairness and inequality in our communities and state; 2) sends a message to the 2/3 of citizens who never use predatory gambling that they end up paying higher taxes for less services because of this dishonest policy; and 3) amplifies the voices of the citizens in or near communities targeted by casinos who continue to fight for a future better than the one predatory gambling offers us.
Once we are done Freedom Playing, we will hit the cash out button on the machine and receive a paper voucher that we will present to the Cashier’s Window to receive our money.

Where To Meet: Freedom Players will meet at Trinity Episcopal Church, 47 East Street, Wrentham, MA on Sunday, Sept. 27th at 3:30pm sharp. Please see the church’s website for directions.   The event will be finished by 6pm 

All Freedom Players Need to Bring the Following:
1)    A $5.00 bill or larger 
2)    Bring a Valid Photo I.D. (All participants need to be 21 years old or older to enter the casino.)
3)    Something to do while “Freedom Playing” (i.e. a book, knitting, etc.)
4)    Please bring at least one other person with you, a family member, friend or co-worker.

To RSVP or for questions, contact or call the MA office (978) 683-4339. You can sign up online at this link.  Please post this link on Facebook to get the word out to your social media networks. 

We're asking for 100% participation from you and everyone who wants a future better than the one predatory gambling offers us.This is the first time that thousands of citizens across the US and the world have all acted together to confront the unjust and dishonest policy of predatory gambling.

Do your part. If you can't commit the time, then please participate by making a tax-deductible gift of $25 or more to support this effort.

Les Bernal
National Director, Stop Predatory Gambling
End government-sponsored gambling because it is dishonest, financially damaging to citizens and contributes to rising unfairness and inequality in our country.


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