Protesters rally against Philadelphia casino

Feb 19, 2009 6:53 PM
Staff & Wire Reports |

Dozens of people rallied against a casino planned for downtown Philadelphia, saying it will lead to gambling problems and prey on those who can least afford it.

The Foxwoods casino once slated for the South Philadelphia riverfront is now expected to be built at The Gallery mall near Chinatown.

Opponents rallied Wednesday outside the Bellevue building, where both Gov. Ed Rendell and the mall's owner have offices. The protesters chanted "No slots!" and held up anti-casino signs in English and Chinese.

The Rev. Ellis Washington, head of the 200-member Black Clergy of Philadelphia, says a casino at The Gallery is a bad idea. He says it will make gambling more accessible because the mall is also a hub for public transit.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.philly.com