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spacer.gif   ARCHIVE: LOCAL VENUE BUSTED BY POLICE
Posted by : cj on Thursday, December 02, 2004 - 12:03 AM
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Poetry Gossip: Click On Headlines The Hot House Gets Raided For Featuring Cubans.

The HotHouse at 31 E. Balbo (a venue Chicago Magazine called "the most beautiful room in the city"), the non-profit club well-known for its vibrant, multicultural entertainment, and its enthusiastic support for progressive community projects, as well as for poetry, was raided by ten undercover Chicago Police officers on Friday, May 9th, who ordered the club to cease and desist all operations. The HotHouse owner, Marguerite Horberg, asserts that all licenses for the venue are in good standing and in proper order, and she believes that the raid, which will cause untold financial losses to the cultural center, was politically motivated. At the time of the raid, HotHouse was about to present a sold-out show of the legendary Cuban charanga band, Orquesta Aragon. A crowd of ticketholders for the 10 p.m. performance were outside the venue when the police charged through. According to an email put out by the Chicago Coalition Against War & Racism, it has been speculated that this is one more incident in a "growing Chicago police harassment of left-of-center organizing projects since the March 20th Lake Shore Drive protest." In that incident, over 200 people were arrested on the eve of the attack on Iraq, when the scheduled march strayed from its path and poured into rush hour traffic. HotHouse was commonly used by the Chicago chapter of International ANSWER for its meetings; International ANSWER organized many local anti-war demonstrations as well as major marches in Washington, DC, at least one of which brought 200,000 protestors to the capitol. There is a May 30th court date regarding the HotHouse raid.

 
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