Rather than allow the public to have their say, the PA Gaming Control Board, SugarHouse, and Foxwoods sued the city to prevent a vote from going forward on creating a 1,500-foot buffer between casinos and homes, places of worship, schools, and parks.
In a decision reeking of corruption, the PA Supreme Court overruled the city’s right and the right of the voters by handing down an injunction that prevented the vote from taking place. A sticker stating, “Removed by Court Order” was placed over the already-printed ballot question on each voting machine. Once again, many politicians, reporters, and pundits declared the anti-casino movement dead.
But we take a bold response to repression. Instead of seeing this as a loss, we saw this as a chance to show the city just how deeply casinos and corruption were intertwined.
In just four weeks, Casino-Free Philadelphia designed and ran Philadelphia’s first citizens’ election,