Building Support For The No Casino Gettysburg Movement
The 20 month long No Casino Gettysburg movement achieved victory at last. But gathering support for the No Casino Gettysburg movement was not an easy task. Using a variety of events and tools, which included candlelight vigils, bike rides, public meetings, seminars, the supporters of the movement, attended every PGCB meeting wearing their signature No Casino Gettysburg t-shirts.
The widespread circulation of No Casino Gettysburg t-shirts, tote bags, bumper stickers, sweatshirts and buttons helped draw attention of almost every resident of Gettysburg towards the issue. To ensure that their voice was heard, a silent auction fundraiser was also held.
Building relationships for the No Casino Gettysburg movement was huge. In the end, it resulted in 178 businesses signing a petition against the casino. It is also important to note that although the 2004 elections certainly divided Republicans and Democrats across the nation, it was important to build support for the No Casino Gettysburg movement amongst Gettysburg residents, both Republican and Democrat. However, they worked side by side along on this issue.
The influence of their network played a key role in the success for the No Casino Gettysburg movement. Victory was announced for them, after a 20 month long battle, ending on December20, 2006, when the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) rejected plans for the Gettysburg Casino.