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Meet My Friend Les Bernal and "Stopping Predatory Gambling" Foundation

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Hello Recovery Friends, Readers, & New Visitor’s,

I happened to get a Very Important Email today from my “PAL Les Bernal” and felt I needed to *SHARE* it in the *SPIRIT* of Educating the public about MY addiction I’m recovering from for almost 7 years now. Compulsive Addicted Gambling Addiction is a
REAL Addiction & Disease….

Many DON’T know, with ALL the Indian Casino’s popping up all over the United States, and many individual States NOW allowing there STATE LOTTERY to have Slot Style Machines, just like the one’s that were EVERYWHERE in my home STATE of OREGON, and you find in Las Vegas and Atlantic City.

SO, for all you FOLKS WHO ARE in Recovery from Addicted Gambling in The New York State Area….

This Blog post, and share of the EMAIL I received from LES is for YOU! And for those who are tired of having Gambling in our face in Food stores, Bars, Pub's and Eating establishments. In our kids schools with Raffles & Casino Night fundraisers, and in our place of WORSHIP with BINGO & Raffles.... I hope you can get involved and help *SHATTER THE STIGMA about COMPULSIVE ADDICTED GAMBLING, and help those who are still HELD *HOSTAGE* by the CYCLE & the Disease.

GOD BLESS FRIENDS! *Author, Catherine Lyon*



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***We joined New Yorkers to smash a slot machine at the State Capitol***

Dear Catherine,

Yesterday I joined with several New York leaders and scholars to smash a slot machine at the State Capitol in Albany.
We smashed the machine in a reenactment of former New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia’s efforts against slots more than seventy years ago. We also pointed to the substantial amount of evidence that government sponsorship of slot machines is contributing to rising inequality and unfairness across America….

As a leader who many scholars view as the greatest mayor in American history, La Guardia personally smashed many slot machines during his time as mayor because he hated ordinary New Yorkers getting exploited and cheated – particularly lower-income New Yorkers who could least afford it, and particularly when politicians were involved in it. Watch a video of La Guardia smashing slot machines here.

Other slot smashing participants from yesterday included David Blankenhorn, author of “New York’s Promise: Why Sponsoring Casinos is a Regressive Policy Unworthy of a Great State” and President of the Institute for American Values, a non-partisan think tank in New York City; Barbara Whitehead, author of “Why Casinos Matter: Thirty-One Evidence-Based Propositions from the Health and Social Sciences;” and Dr. Stephen Shafer, a retired Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons faculty member who leads a statewide citizens effort against the state’s sponsorship of casinos.
Because of the history of the moment, every major media outlet in the state was there. Read and watch some of the coverage (click on the newspaper): The New York Times, The Buffalo News and The Albany Times-Union.

The event effectively delivered a powerful message. If you want your government to stop sponsoring highly predatory forms of gambling like slot machines in our communities, then I strongly urge you to organize a slot machine smashing in your state. It’s not hard to do. Contact me and I’ll share what we learned from the first smashing. If you want to take action, I’d be honored to join you along with many others.

Now go find yourself a sledgehammer.

Thank you.


Les Bernal

Executive Director

Stop Predatory Gambling

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We have dedicated ourselves to a fundamental national reform –an America where no taxpayer dollar is used by government to lure citizens into gambling away their money and becoming slaves to debt; where no agency or entity of government depends on gambling to fund its activities; and where no legislature, whether in the name of economic development or raising revenue, passes laws to promote or sponsor gambling.

Government’s experiment with gambling has failed. It stands as one of the biggest public policy failures of the last forty years. The time has come to get government out of the gambling business so we can pursue a fairer, healthier and more hopeful vision of the path to American prosperity.

Join us today.


A 501c3 non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C, Stop Predatory Gambling Foundation is a national transpartisan coalition of more than one million citizens and groups from diverse backgrounds, religious faiths, political convictions, and life circumstances.


The roots of the movement began forming in the early 1990’s as state and community leaders challenged efforts to bring commercially exploitive forms of gambling into their communities. Tom Grey, a Rockford, Illinois resident who fought against a proposed casino in his community, emerged as a leader for the movement representing a diverse national coalition of groups and individuals.

As the movement continued to grow, Stop Predatory Gambling Foundation was formed in 2008. We are the most diverse movement in the nation, an affirmation that most Americans share basic core principles and values regardless of their position along the political spectrum.

Dr. Taylor Branch, the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian of the Civil Rights Movement and biographer of Martin Luther King, was the keynote speaker at the launch of Stop Predatory Gambling Foundation held at National Harbor, Maryland in September 2008. Who supports our cause.


Help us build the grassroots movement against the government program of predatory gambling, an issue that unites people across the political spectrum. Together, we can get America back on the road toward real prosperity and better government as well as stop a program that is severely hurting millions of citizens and their families. CLICK THE BUTTON BELOW TO HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Join The Movement

Sign the Declaration

AFTER FOUR DECADES OF UNFULFILLED PROMISES, CORRUPT DEALS AND BROKEN DREAMS, it is time for our government to end its partnership with organized gambling interests and to embrace a fundamentally different and higher vision of the path to American prosperity. CLICK THE BUTTON TO SIGN THE DECLARATION.


*So please visit the Foundations Website at: and read
all about the latest happenings. I THANK YOU for your SUPPORT!
*Catherine* :-)

I live life in recovery, but my "PASSION" is also writing, blogging, authoring more books, and Advocating to help others in recovery. To help educate the public on the dangers of becoming addicted to gambling. I've achieved almost 8 years in recovery. I recently had to relocate from So. Oregon to Sunny Arizona. I've been married to my Soul-Mate for 25 years. I'm a Christian, a Cat Lover, 1/2 Italian and I have a Big Voice! ...LOL.

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