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Rev. Jesse Jackson: Then and Now on Casino Gambling

It is sad to see Rev. Jackson joining forces with these elected officials, who are determined to help casino bosses ram through the most corrupt piece of legislation in Alabama history.

On March 7, 2010, Jackson joined casino boss Milton McGregor to rally the unemployed casino employees:

“…he told reporters the recent raids on electronic bingo halls by the governor’s anti-gambling task force need to stop.

“The thing of coming back here on the 45th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, of using state troopers to raid, that is a very dangerous proposition,” Jackson said. “Someone could get hurt or even worse. We should move state troopers out of this equation.”

VictoryLand owner Milton McGregor joined Jackson and dozens of VictoryLand workers at a rally Thursday night in Tuskegee where they discussed Saturday’s bingo march in downtown Montgomery. Jackson said he believes the raids are hurting thousands of people who need the jobs offered by the casinos.

We will meet and march until something happens,” Jackson said
. “Stop the raids now. You are rally marching for your house right now. You are marching for your car note. You are marching for your child to stay in school. This is your march.”

In a 1999 issue of Jet Magazine, Jackson said:

“…the new chains of slavery happen to be credit cards and lottery.” The the only way to achieve King’s dream of equality he said was by teaching our people to go from the lottery to the markets, from gambling boats to boardrooms.”
~Jet Magazine, February 8, 1999

Facts on the Constitutional Amendment [HB507/SB380]

“The Real Cost of Casino Gambling” Fact Sheet

“The Real Economics of Casino Gambling” Fact Sheet

“Special Report 2010”

“Don’t Gamble With Alabama’s Future”

Focus on the Family Flyer on Gambling

Casino Icon Blasts Alabama “Bingo” Owners

Stop Predatory Gambling’s Primer Handout

Williams, Humphreys, Belanger, Smith & Wynne: SEIGA

Natasha Dow Schüll [M.I.T. Professor] Testimony on Gambling Addiction

Electronic Games Turn Slots Casinos Into ‘Vegas Lite”

“Uncertain Benefits, Hidden Costs: The Perils of State-Sponsored Gambling”

The Economics of Gambling: Summary Points [Prof. Grinols]

Gambling & Crime: NIJ Study

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