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NAACP California Hawaii Votes to: SUPPORT In-Person Tribal Sports Wagering Act OPPOSE Corporate Online Gambling Proposition

March 7, 2022

For Immediate Release: March 7, 2022
Contact: Kathy Fairbanks, (916) 813-1010
kfairbanks@bcfpublicaffairs.com

SACRAMENTO – The California Hawaii State Conference of the NAACP announced its support of the already qualified, in person Tribal Sports Wagering Act and its opposition to the Corporate Online Gambling Proposition. 

From a statement from NAACP President, Rick L. Callender, ESQ.: 

  • “As the nation’s largest and most revered civil rights organization, the NAACP has long been a steadfast ally in the fight for justice, self-sufficiency and sovereignty for Indigenous people. For far too long have the tribes been excluded from the table of creating economic self-sufficiency. The California – Hawaii NAACP has stood with California Indian tribes in their fight to establish and protect gaming on their own tribal lands. Our support of the Tribal Sports Wagering Act  which authorizes regulated sports wagering, in person at Tribal Casinos – is consistent with that long-standing position for disenfranchised communities of color to become self-sufficient. 
  • “At the same time, the CA/HI NAACP has grave concerns about the impacts that a massive expansion of online and mobile gambling would have on problem gambling in California—particularly among youth and communities of color. Additionally, not one penny raised from this effort has been dedicated towards direct reparations, or educational support, for African Americans and other people of color—which is why we unanimously voted to oppose the Corporate Online Gambling Proposition.”

Background:

The already qualified Tribal Sports Wagering Act would authorize in-person sports wagering at existing tribal casinos. This measure is the most responsible approach to authorizing sports betting in California: all bets must be placed in-person at a tribal casino with safeguards in place to prevent underage and illegal gambling. It will help create jobs and economic opportunities that support Indian self-reliance, while benefiting all Californians, generating tens of millions of dollars annually in new revenues for public schools, wildfire prevention and other state priorities. 

The Corporate Online Gambling Proposition would authorize a massive expansion of online and mobile gambling across the state – essentially turning every cell phone, laptop, and tablet into a gambling device. Under this measure, anyone in California could gamble anytime – leading to a massive increase in problem and underage gambling.