No Casinos to air anti-gambling movie in capital city

By Dara Kam

“No Casinos” is airing a short movie next week at Tallahassee’s downtown IMAX theater highlighting the perils of casino gambling.

“Pushing Luck”— produced by No Casinos — features Florida Chamber of Commerce exec Mark Wilson, former state senator Dan Gelber, who also served as House Democratic leader, and state Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, a one-time head of the state’s Christian Coalition.

The movie is another sign that No Casinos, with a beefed-up lobbying stable, is going all in  as the Legislature weighs the future of gambling in Florida during the 2014 session. Lawmakers will be in town when the film views next Wednesday, but neither chamber has a gambling — pardon, gaming — committee meeting scheduled.

No bets on who will take a break from fundraising along Adams Street and wander over to the Challenger Learning Center at Kleman Plaza for the free show at 6 p.m. It’s also open to the public.

Read No Casino’s press release after the jump.

Stop Predatory Gambling is pleased to invite you to the premiere showing of Pushing Luck, a short documentary produced by that examines the question of whether government’s policy of sponsoring casinos has failed. From Miami to Atlantic City to Chicago and elsewhere, filmmakers interview recovering addicts, former industry insiders, political leaders, and noted academicians to uncover the roots of gambling in Florida, the nature of the industry that pushes it, and its consequences for American social, political, and economic life.  (See movie trailer of Pushing Luck by clicking here).

The premiere showing of Pushing Luck takes place on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 6:00pm in the IMAX Theatre of the Challenger Learning Center at 200 S Duval St, Tallahassee, Florida.  The showing will be followed by brief comments by Les Bernal and David Blankenhorn, who are national experts and scholars on the issue.  This showing is free and open to the public.

Stop Predatory Gambling.  A 501c3 organization based in Washington, DC, Stop Predatory Gambling is a national transpartisan coalition of more than 500,000 citizens and groups from diverse backgrounds, religious faiths, political convictions, and life circumstances dedicated to a fundamental national reform – ending the unfairness and inequality produced by government sponsorship of casinos and lotteries.

Les Bernal.  Les Bernal is the National Director of Stop Predatory Gambling and has spoken and written extensively about how government sponsorship of casinos and lotteries produces unfairness and inequality in America. He has appeared on national television and radio including 60 Minutes, CNN, Fox News Channel, Piers Morgan Tonight, National Public Radio and The BBC and has been interviewed byThe New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, and The Los Angeles Times. He has also spoken before dozens of business organizations, college audiences and faith groups across the nation.

David Blankenhorn.  David Blankenhorn, is a scholar and President of The Institute for American Values, a non-partisan think tank in New York City. He has written widely on state-sponsored gambling and is the author of New York’s Promise: Why Sponsoring Casinos is a Regressive Policy Unworthy of a Great State.  He is also a leader among a group of more than thirty-five distinguished American scholars who issued “Why Casinos Matter: Thirty-One Evidence-Based Propositions from the Health and Social Sciences,” the first report in fifteen years that examined the independent research and evidence about casinos.

The News Service of Florida