Fmr. Delegate Levy leads rally against slots in Prince George’s

RALLY TO STOP SLOTS PRINCE GEORGE’S

The Prince George’s County Council will convene today to vote on CB-49, a bill to ban slot machine gambling in the county.  Because of the extraordinary politics surrounding gaming in Prince George’s County, CB-49 is the county’s best and only real shot to block a slots parlor/casino at Rosecroft Raceway!

 

THE VOTE IS TODAY! 

 

Join us at 9 am at the County Administration Building

14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro

OVER 60 ORGANIZATIONS JOIN FORCES TO OPPOSE A SLOTS PARLOR IN PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY

 

 

 

November 15, 2011

 

 

Dear Elected Officials,

 

We are writing to urge your opposition to a casino at Rosecroft Raceway or any other site in Prince George’s County.   We support CB-49, a bill to prohibit video lottery terminals (“slots”) in the county, and oppose state legislation designed to expand gaming sites to Prince George’s.   A casino is the wrong idea, in the wrong place, and at exactly the wrong time for the county.

 

 

As you know, Prince George’s County has 24.5 % of all homes in Maryland that are at-risk of foreclosure.  Fort Washington, the location of Rosecroft, has been deemed by the state to be a foreclosure “hot spot”.  Surrounding and nearby communities that are known to be rich targets for the gambling industry — Temple Hills and Capitol Heights — are not only foreclosure “hot spots”, but also the highest crime areas in the county.  Research around the country has drawn the connection repeatedly between gambling and both household debt and crime.  State and local government should not vest its fiscal future on how much the gaming industry can push households in Prince George’s County further into debt.

 

In addition, the gaming industry in many states is struggling, and the bogus numbers floated today will not hold up.  The industry repeatedly overstates the benefits and revenues from a casino, and just as often understates the obvious and hidden costs to families, communities, local businesses and taxpayers.  Revenues at the existing Maryland casinos are already 60% below original forecasts, according the Maryland Daily Record.  With three more casinos authorized, but yet to open in the state, what is the rush to add a site in Prince George’s County?

 

We, the undersigned, urge our state and county officials to block any proposed expansion of gaming to Prince George’s County.

 

Sincerely,

 

1.   Coalition of Central Prince George’s County Community Organizations

2.    Indian Head Highway Area Action Coalition (IHHAAC)

3.    National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

4.    Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)

5.    Collective Empowerment Group (CEG)

6.    Prince George’s County PTA Council

7.    Progressive Cheverly

8.    Mission of Love

9.    Men Aiming Higher

10.   Kettering Civic Federation

11.   Executive Committee, Hillcrest-Marlow Heights Civic Association

12.   Suitland Action Team

13.   Mission Baptist Ministers Conference

14.   Original Free Will Baptist Conference

15.   Fairfield Knolls Civic Association

16.   Helping Hand Club

17.   Concerned Citizens of Seabrook Park Estates

18.   Forestville Park Homeowners Association

19.   District III Coffee Club

20.   Page After Page

21.   Integrated Processing Labs

22.   Family, Faith, and Future

23.   Veteran’s Advocacy Group

24.   Former Prince George’s County Councilman Thomas Dernoga

25.   Former Maryland State Delegate Gerron S. Levi

26.   Former Prince George’s County School Board Member Patricia Fletcher

27.   Lewisdale Citizens Association

28.   Community of Hope AME Church

29.   First Baptist Church of Highland Park

30.   Jerusalem AM.E. Church

31.   Greater Mt. Nebo AME Church

32.   Bride of Christ Church

33.   New Creation AME Church

34.   Cornerstone AME Church

35.   Mt. Victory Baptist Church

36.   Triumphant Church

37.   New Hope Baptist Church

38.   Christ Kingdom Church

39.   Wayman Memorial AME Church

40.   United By Faith Christian Church

41.   Solid Rock Missionary Baptist Church

42.   Marlboro Meadows Baptist Church

43.   Embry AME Church

44.   Antioch Baptist Church – Clinton

45.   Shalom Ministries Christian Center

46.   The Sanctuary at Kingdom Square

47.   Judah Temple AME Zion Church

48.   Higher Place of Praise Ministries

49.   New Community Church of God in Christ

50.   Bethel Deliverance Outreach Church

51.   Christ Missionary Baptist Church

52.   Disciples of Christ Christian Church

53.   Carolina Missionary Baptist Church

54.   Mt. Jezreel Baptist Church

55.   Union Bethel AME Church

56.   Mt. Enon Missionary Baptist Church

57.   Ebenezer AME Church

58.   New Vision Baptist Church

59.   Gethsemane AME Church

60.    New Liberation AME Church

61.    Millwood-Waterford Citizens Association

62.    Hunter Memorial Church

63.     South Potomac Citizens Association

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3 thoughts on “Fmr. Delegate Levy leads rally against slots in Prince George’s

  1. I know this is an old post, but…

    If I’m a concerned citizen who would like to support the anti-slots effort, is there a centralized opposition group that I could contact? Anyone know?

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