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Wed, Jul 16, 2014
12:00 PM

Crucial Conversation — Jackpot of Injustice

Please join NC Policy Watch for a very special Charlotte Crucial Conversation —

How state government's sponsorship of casinos and the lottery creates unfairness and inequality of opportunity in North Carolina.

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Featuring Les Bernal, Executive Director of the national advocacy group, Stop Predatory Gambling.

North Carolina has never been known as a big state for gambling. We adopted a state-run lottery later than most and have been slow to embrace casinos and other forms of legalized games of chance. Video poker remains the subject of a hotly contested battle in the courts.

And yet the pressure is building. For several years now, corporate gambling interests have been ratcheting up their investments in North Carolina. Gambling money can be found in the campaign coffers of politicians of all stripes and gambling corporations are listed amongst the clients of several of the state’s top law and lobbying firms.

Most recently, we’ve seen a serious proposal to build a casino on Catawba Indian tribe land near Kings Mountain and a proposal from the North Carolina House to pay for teacher raises by doubling lottery advertising to raise more money. 

Will it work? Is it just a matter of time until North Carolina follows the road traveled by so many other states? Should we care? Is the expansion of gambling something to be resisted or just a lost cause of which we should simply make the best?

Please join us for an NC Policy Watch Crucial Conversation luncheon at which we will tackle these questions and many more with expert Les Bernal.

Les Bernal is the Executive Director of Stop Predatory Gambling Foundation, a national organization based in Washington, D.C. whose mission is to end government’s failed policy of predatory gambling. Prior to joining the national movement, Les served as a Chief of Staff in the Massachusetts State Senate and worked as a campaign strategist for more than forty federal and state campaigns.

Don’t miss the chance to hear from a national expert on this critically important matter.

When: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at noon — Box lunches will be available at 11:45 a.m.

Where: Harris Hall at the Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. Seventh St. downtown Charlotte

Space is limited – pre-registration required.

Cost: $10, admission includes a box lunch.

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Questions?? Contact Rob Schofield at 919-861-2065 or rob@ncpolicywatch.com

Event Location

Harris Hall, Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. Seventh St
Charlotte, NC 28202

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