HOW YOU CAN HELP
FIRST, GET THE FACTS
The first thing anyone should do when looking into the issue of expanding gambling, is to get educated.
Too often we get our facts from the media, which under-reports the issue, choosing to focus mainly on gambling operators, politicians, regulators, the various casino proposals and the amounts of money they promise to bring in, and ignoring the concerns of local opposition movements and the numerous well-documented negative impacts of casinos.
The gambling industry has a vested interest in having the public believe that slot machines are a harmless form of entertainment - just as the tobacco industry also once denied it's product was addictive. They have, and will continue to spend millions of dollars to trying to turn Massachusetts into a casino state, and create a sense of inevitability about expanded gambling so that people won't fight.
Looking at it this way, it's easy to see how the public might get a skewed perspective of the issue.
Become part of the growing statewide effort to repeal the casino law.
Learn about volunteer, educational and direct action opportunities.
We need your help. Citizen volunteers are the core of the Repeal movement. With the help of volunteers, we collected well more than the required number of signatures for the petition to repeal the casino deal.
Do you provide a service, possess a skill or have access to resources that could help serve the effort? Please let us know!
Check our EVENTS page for opportunities to hlep in your area.
Repeal the Casino Deal has a compelling case and we will prevail with justice on the side of the people of the Commonwealth.
Fighting billionaires is hard.
Casino operators have spent millions lobbying to pass the casino law. But the tide is beginning to turn.
Communities across the Commonwealth have repeatedly voted down casino and slots parlor proposals. Citizens have witnessed the many missteps of the Mass. Gaming Commission and the blatant NIMBYism of the very lawmakers who promoted the casino law in the first place - who'd like to keep the Repeal question off the ballot. They've watched Casino companies allowed second chances - something they'd never give any of their players.
Casino revenues across the country are dropping in response to market over-saturation and reduced demand. Casinos are laying off employees, receiving taxpayer bailouts and even going bankrupt. And people everywhere are getting wise to how the industry works. It's not about jobs, it's about lobbying politicians for the right to prey on poor and middle class regions of the State for what's left of an ever-shrinking share of the pot.
SPREAD THE WORD
This is so important. We've found that the more people know about this issue, the more they are inclined to oppose it. So our job is to educate voters as best we can, in the limited time we have.
Do you belong to a political, social or religious organization that might be willing to host an information session? Are you a people person that can help spreading the message on the trail? Can you get the facts out on Social Media? Are you a behind the scenes person that can help with local coordinating and logistics for our events and activities? Do you have a special skill that might be helpful? Let us know. We need your help!
Other great ways to spread the word:
Check out our EVENTS page for volunteer opportunities, functions and forums in your area in your area.
Write a letter to the editor or op-ed and send it to several area papers. What better way to educate your neighbors - and it's easier than you think! For your best chance at being published, keep your editorial short. For tips on writing great editorials, see the box on the right. Check out our OPINION page for examples that made it on-line or in the paper.
Is a talk radio show having a discussion about Question #3? Call in! These shows reach a lot of people!
Write or email your State and local TV and radio stations - and to your favorite news and discussion shows, reporters and and television hosts too. Demand equal time to be heard for Yes on Question #3!
Hold a sign, put a bumper sticker on your car and a sign on your lawn or place of business. Be visibly opposed to the casino law - and for the Repeal.
Talk to your family, friends and co-workers about why you support the Repeal.
"Like", "Share" and "Tweet" our posts, pages and videos on social media as much as possible.
Post informative comments to on-line news articles. Be aware that casino operators have paid people to post on-line comments in the past, but we count on real people like you.
Hold a public forum in your city or town. At a public forum, both sides of the issue are provided a transparent, democratic opportunity to state the case for and against expanding predatory gambling in Massachusetts. Elected representatives and candidates may also attend or participate in these forums. Organize one through your organization, on your own or go through your political Town Committee. Contact us if you need advice or to request a speaker.
If the issue is on the agenda at your local selectman's or town/city council meetings, try to be there. Bring friends. Ask questions. Send e-mails. Talk to the local press.