Chester, PA – Several concerned citizens of Chester are perturbed with local casino hegemon, Harrah’s, recent name change and will be organizing a protest. The protest will be held on Sunday, May 20th at 3:30pm at the intersection of Route 291 and Morton Avenue.
“It’s a smack in the face to all Chester residents!’ exclaimed M. Bernard, a Harrah’s employee who refused to give her full name out of fear of retaliation and job security. On May 12th, 2012, Harrah’s formally changed its name from Harrah’s Chester to Harrah’s Philadelphia. Many are calling this name change a precursor of things to come.
The name change of Harrah’s Chester to "Harrah’s Philadelphia," along with the "Philadelphia" Union soccer team operating in Chester and the Chester-Upland School District threatening to be shut down are all issues which are making Chester residents hot underneath the collar.
The implementation of a state of emergency/City-wide curfew back in June 2010, the gentrification of the Chester waterfront and rebranding as “Rivertown” and myriads of home foreclosure signs located on Route 291 all indicate that Chester residents may not be in the plans for the future revitalization of the city.
“What Chester Makes Makes Chester” is a widely used quote of the City of Chester. On May 20th, we plan to show Harrah’s and other future businesses that seek to open in Chester what we are made of. We want to impress upon businesses that we want our voices heard and recognition of the City of Chester and its residents is mandatory and not an option!