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Repeal the Cabaret Law. #LetNYCDance

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The Cabaret Law was founded with explicit racist intent. Social dancing is a fundamental cultural expression. Arbitrary enforcement creates discrimination today.

There are no legal community spaces to dance in most neighborhoods in NYC and fewer than 100 licensed spaces in all five boroughs.

End NYC's archaic and embarrassingly unique jazz-era ban on dancing. The Cabaret Law requires a virtually unobtainable permit for social dancing. Of over 25,000 eating and drinking establishments citywide, only 88 have currently have Cabaret Licenses.

The law is actively-enforced and has historically been weaponized against marginalized groups. The Cabaret Law continues to be used as a trojan horse to get through the door of our most vulnerable communities. We applaud Council Member Rafael Espinal for introducing bill #1652 to repeal this discriminatory unconstitutional law which has no place in today's civil society. We will fight to the finish to see it through.

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