Hi all, new to Blue Mass Group! I just wanted to use my first blog post to talk about a huge upcoming issue that has serious repercussions here in Boston. As we saw on November 8th, the face of Boston is changing in a very progressive way, and we need to ride the huge gains we made to prevent casinos and all of their social negatives from coming to Boston.
Casino gaming will not be the silver bullet that brings jobs back to Massachusetts. I believe our community needs long term and sustainable jobs and not short term construction jobs. The social consequences outweigh the slight economic boost that casinos will provide. This site clearly outlines the negative impacts casinos will have on our community:http://www.neighborsofsuffolkdowns.org I urge everyone to check it out and get informed about how little a voice the residents of Boston have in putting casinos in our community.
One part of the bill that needs to be adjusted is the provision that limits the rights of citizens in large cities, likes Boston, to vote on the bill. All signs point to a casino going into Suffolk Downs so only the residents of East Boston would be allowed to vote on the casino issue. Yet the negative impacts of casinos will affect all residents of Charlestown, the North End, South Boston, and other neighborhoods. I believe we should all have a say.
Our local officials have already weighed in on this issue: State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz was quoted in the Dorchester Reporter: “These consequences will affect all municipal residents, not just those within a few blocks’ radius of the casino. It’s only fair that all affected residents have an equal say in whether or not the positive impacts of a casino outweigh the economic and social costs to their cities.” All Bostonians have to have a say in whether or not our city has a casino.
In the last election, the voices of Progressive residents came out in droves to support their candidates. Yes casinos will provide jobs, but not the long term sustainable jobs this city needs. This is only a short term fix. We should all have the opportunity to speak out against the social plight that is coming to this city. The Boston City Council has the opportunity to vote to collectively allow the residents of Boston to vote on this important issue. Whether you are for or against casinos, I believe that we should all have a voice on this measure. Please contact your Boston City Councilors and urge them to allow all of us the right to speak out against casinos!!
Call or e-mail YOUR City Councilor-
Salvatore LaMattina- East Boston, North End, and Charlestown
Bill Linehan- South End, South Boston, and Chinatown
Charles C. Yancey- Mattapan and Dorchester
Robert Consalvo- Hyde Park and Roslindale
Matt O’Malley- West Roxbury and JP
Tito Jackson- Dorchester, South End, and Roxbury
Michael P. Ross- Back Bay, Mission Hill, and Beacon Hill
Mark Ciommo-Allston and Brighton