The land of the free, American poker players have once again been the target of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) with the closing of the most trusted internet poker sites namely PokerStars, FullTilt Poker and UB in the USA.
The Poker Players Alliance is not taking this issue of infringing on Americans right to play online poker lightly, the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) is a nonprofit membership organization comprised of poker players and enthusiasts from around the United States who have joined together to speak with one voice to promote the game and to protect poker players rights.
The PPA have released an email requesting that all poker players who feel that their right to play poker online has been violated should stand together and fight back as the action taken by the DOJ should be viewed as nothing less than a declaration of war against poker and the people who play the game, players need to inform U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder about their disappointment with his decision to shut down trusted Internet poker sites in the USA plus remind Congress and President Obama that now is the time to pass sensible legislation that licenses and regulates Internet poker in America.
The PPA have set up a webpage with detailed instructions on what action you as a poker player can take to voice your concerns. This issue will not simply resolve itself, now is the time to take action !
PPA Suggested Actions for USA poker players to stand up against the closure
We Can't do This Alone !
Now is the Time for the Poker Community to Stand Strong for Our Rights!
Call, Email, and Facebook the Department of Justice and Attorney General Holder
Call the Office of the Attorney General Public Comment Line: 202-353-1555
Points to cover:
• The Department of Justice’s attack on Internet poker is a clear attack on the rights of American poker players.
• The US government must ensure that the money American citizens have in their Internet poker accounts is not jeopardized by the DOJ’s actions.
• The US government should be protecting American citizens by allowing Internet poker sites to become licensed and regulated under US law, rather than taking away citizens’ freedom to choose to play online poker for fun or for a livelihood.
PPA's website has a button to email The Attorney general
Post on the DoJ's Facebook Wall
- Go to the DoJ Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/DOJ?sk=wall&filter=1
- Simply "like" the page.
- Politely post your thoughts. Be sure to "like" other pro-poker posts as well.
Email President Obama and US Congress
PPA's website has a button to send an email to Pres. Obama and Congress
Seek out your Representative and Senators and tell them how you feel
Congress is on recess for the next two weeks and your federal lawmakers will likely be in their home state. Call their local offices and find out if they are having any public appearances. Attend the event and let your lawmaker know that you are upset about the recent DoJ action against poker and that they should support efforts to license and regulate Internet poker, not spend resources trying to criminalize it.
PPA's site has an area to enter your ZIP Code and find your locally elected official
Write a letter to the editor of your local paper
The local media deserve to know that millions of Americans are adversely affected by the DoJ’s actions. Send a short (no more than 250 words) letter to your local paper and tell them why you are upset and that poker is not a crime.
Tell the PPA your story
Tell us how you have been impacted by the DoJs action and why losing access to online poker affects you personally. Is online poker a recreational outlet? Or do you make a living playing online? We need to know your story so that we can show lawmakers and media just how damaging this action is to the American people. Send an email with your story to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tell your friends
Every poker player has friends and family who are also poker enthusiasts. Let them know about the PPA and ask them to support our effort and take action to support the game.
Take action now against the closure of online poker rooms in the USA, support the PPA and let those in power know your feelings about the USA poker ban.
Source: PPA Action
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