i have bad news and am posting this public letter from r.a.washington AKA rafeeq via 'the church of ayler' website. i'ld like to add my feelings but cannot at this time. needless to say i'm feeling quite pissed and thats not good, for you nor i.
LAST NIGHT WE WERE SHUTDOWN BY CLEVELAND VICE DETECTIVES, IN AN ATTEMPT TO CONTINUE THE CENSORSHIP OF INDEPENDENT MUSIC VENUES THROUGH LEGALITY AND CLASS POLITICS. THE HEAD VICE DETECTIVE ACTUALLY SAID, “I GUESS SOMEONE HAS A VENDETTA AGAINST YOU.”
HE EVEN HINTED THAT THIS ACTION WAS PROMPTED BY TREMONT WEST DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, THE CDC THAT PROMOTES SMALL BUSINESS, AND COMMUNITY IN THIS HISTORIC DISTRICT. THE QUESTION OF WHETHER OR NOT THAT IS INDEED TRUE IS POINTLESS, REALLY WE WERE OPERATING UNDER FISCAL DISTRESS FROM THE GET-GO. WE WERE DOING THIS IN AN EFFORT TO PROVIDE INTERESTING ART TO A CITY SUFFERING THE STIGMATA OF STILTED THINKING. A CITY, SCORNED BY THE NATION AS A STRUGGLING LITTLE TOWN. EVEN OUR OWN RESIDENTS HAVE LOST HEART, AND NO ONE SEEMS TO BE ABLE TO BREAK THE APATHY THAT HAS SETTLED IN.
ON THE COMPLAINT A NAME AFFILIATED WITH TREMONT AND ITS BLOCK CLUBS SHOWED UP, ALTHOUGH I WOULD LIKE TO DIVULGE THE NAME- THAT WOULD BE IRRESPONSIBLE. I’LL SAY ONLY THIS- SEVERAL PEOPLE IN THE DISTRICT OF TREMONT WANT TO OPEN A REC-CENTER, AND YOUTH MUSIC HALL IN CLARK FIELDS. THIS PROJECT WOULD NOT BE AS SUCCESSFUL IF WE ABLE TO GO ABOUT OUR BUSINESS.
SO, EVEN WITH THE PROPERLY FILED PERMITS WHICH WOULD COST US SEVERAL HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS, AND THE PROPER TAX ID ACCOUNTS THAT WOULD KEEP US IN LINE WITH THE IRS IT IS SAFE TO SAY THAT WE WOULD STILL BE PERSECUTED, AND SCORNED FOR OUR VENUE. I HAVE MORE TO SAY ABOUT THIS, BUT I WILL WAIT UNTIL WE HAVE MORE INFORMATION. I WANT TO THANK ALL OF YOU THAT HAVE SUPPORTED OUR SPACE, YOUR SPACE- TO THE BANDS WHO WERE COMING OUT FOR SHOWS- WE APOLOGIZE FOR OUR CITY. WE WISH YOU THE CREATIVE SPEED TO CARRY ON.
6:37AM THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5TH