Reclaim the Riverfront

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We’re reclaiming the riverfront for our families, who deserve a place to safely raise their children.

We’re reclaiming the jobs SugarHouse casino destroys—twice the number they create every year.

We’re reclaiming the neighborhood through a casino town watch of the impacts of SugarHouse.

We’re reclaiming the power of our communities to determine our future, not out-of-state billionaires.

A Casino Town Watch

We’re documenting and exposing SugarHouse’s predatory tactics through a casino town watch.

Just like a neighborhood watch, we’ll be working to ensure the safety of our friends and neighbors. And if we shut down their predatory tactics, we shut down SugarHouse. Casinos will go bankrupt when they can no longer rely on addiction to survive.

We will expose SugarHouse’s predatory tactics to Philadelphians across the city, ensuring everyone is aware of the way the casino seeks to exploit our friends and neighbors. We will shut down SugarHouse — and ensure Foxwoods never opens.

We are not opposed to gambling, only to the predatory practices SugarHouse, Foxwoods and other casinos would use to purposely generate addiction in our city.

Fighting the dangers of SugarHouse in our neighborhood

Casinos recklessly endanger our community as they rely on those most addicted to turn a profit. Their predatory tactics include offering free alcohol, risking the lives of other drivers through drunk driving, and forcing people into bankruptcy in one night by allowing people to play slots on credit. Through the addiction casinos cultivate, children are put at risk, as we’ve already seen across the state.

You can join us at an upcoming casino town watch!

  • Join us in protecting our friends and neighbors, which undermines the casino’s bottom line because they rely on predatory tactics to profit.
  • Join us to do what the city should be doing — protecting its residents from the impacts of a predatory institution.
  • Join us to hold SugarHouse accountable to the community in which it resides by documenting its consistently negative impacts.

Protecting our city — and our jobs

Casinos cost jobs

According to a report by the PA Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, for every one job created by a casino, three are lost.

The lost jobs are local jobs, in local businesses, demolished for the benefit of far-off billionaires looking to extract resources from our communities and neighbors.

Every year that SugarHouse is open, they destroy twice as many jobs as they create. The sooner they’re shut down, the more jobs we’ll save.

Casinos hurt workers

Casino investors are notorious anti-labor forces. Neil Bluhm, the billionaire behind the casino in Pittsburgh and SugarHouse here in Philly, has publicly advocated against the Employee Free Choice Act. Bluhm’s security officers in Pittsburgh even physically assaulted labor organizers.

SugarHouse has also decided to ignore the city’s smoking ban — harming workers on a daily basis.

Philly can do better

We need jobs paid at a living wage, with benefits and with the ability of workers to organize. We don’t need casinos that cost our city more jobs than they create.

Philadelphia is in the midst of a budget crisis, closing hospitals and “browning out” fire stations. These jobs could be saved if the city took money it’s investing in a predatory industry and supported the city’s essential services.