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Tom Grey of National Coalition Against Legalized Gambling Coming to Hawaii
Tom Grey, the Executive Director, full-time Organizer and spokesperson for the National Coalition Against Legalized Gambling (NCALG) will be featured in a Public Forum on Gambling on Saturday, December 6, from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., at Mabel Smythe Auditorium, located at the comer of Beretania and Punchbowl Streets (mauka/Diamond Head corner). Dan Boylan of Hawaii Public Television's "Dialog" will moderate a panel of advocates and opponents of gambling, with opportunity for audience questions.
The forum is sponsored by the Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling, the League of Women Voters, and the Hawaii Council of Churches.
Tom Grey became active in the anti-gambling movement when a riverboat casino was docked in his hometown of Galena, Illinois. In a 1991 referendum, 81% of the people of Galena voted against the riverboat casino, but the referendum was non-binding and local officials allowed the riverboat to clock and go into operation. Since October 1992, Tom has worked full time to stop the expansion of legalized gambling - and in dozens of states, he has helped turn the tine against the gambling industry.
Over the past year or so, Tom has been profiled on CBS' 60 Minutes, PBS's Frontline, Time magazine, U.S. News & World Report, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Chicago Tribune. Tom has been hailed "Prophet of the Year" (by the Tribune), compared to Hitler (by a consultant for riverboat casinos) and called "Riverboat Rambo" by just about everyone else.
Other public speaking events are being planned for Oahu and Neighbor Islands.