Immigrants Say Social-Club Crackdown Harms Network
Russell W. Baker, Monitor, The Christian Science Monitor
NEW YORK immigrant groups are up in arms over what they contend is an effort to shut down their cultural support networks.
A social club fire in March, which killed 87, prompted the city to launch a series of raids. Officials padlocked scores of illegal bars and halls that were potential fire hazards, many of them cramped basement spaces with improper ventilation and access.
But leaders in the largely Hispanic communities say the raids are shutting places immigrants need to socialize and to find support. They say the raids victimize impoverished patrons while diverting attention from the wealthy property owners who, they say, knowingly fail to meet safety and fire …
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Publication information: Article title: Immigrants Say Social-Club Crackdown Harms Network. Contributors: Russell W. Baker, Monitor - Author. Newspaper title: The Christian Science Monitor. Publication date: May 2, 1990. Page number: 7. © 2009 The Christian Science Publishing Society. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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