Immigrants to join weeklong budget-cut protest

From May 9 to May 12, thousands of people will be speaking out against Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed budget cuts that would slash funding for education and other vital services.

Make the Road New York, a non-profit organization that primarily serves low-income Latina immigrants, is inviting immigrants to join a mass assembly and a teach-in on May 12 to demand an end to cuts in services to immigrant communities. The assembly will be held at 4 p.m. in Battery Park, overlooking Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty — monuments significant to New York’s immigration history.

Funding has already been reduced for English language classes. The protestors fear additional cuts to services such as GED classes, job training and placement and legal services.