Hundreds Protest Potential Cuts to Adult Literacy Programs

Hundreds gathered at Borough Hall to protest potential cuts to adult literacy programs.

More than three hundred students rallied in support of the program saying they're worried it could get cut from next year's budget.

Mayor de Blasio's proposed budget does not include $12 million for adult literacy programs.

Organizers say nearly 1300 Queens residents are currently enrolled in English classes and they say these programs are needed now more than ever.

"Immigrants are under attack, their fearful and when they are isolated linguistically they are more vulnerable," said Kevin Douglas, Co-Director of Policy and Advocacy, United Neighborhood Houses.

"To communicate with people, to contribute to society, community, we need to communicate in English and this is our second language so we have to learn," said Mohammed Haque, protester.

In a statement a city hall spokesperson said, "The City currently provides immigrant communities with essential services, including adult literacy and English language learning programs. These programs cut across various city agencies, and take a variety of forms to best meet the different needs of New York’s adult learners. Additional need will be considered as part of the ongoing budget process."

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