Their Chant: "If We're Not in Our Seats, We're in the Streets"
May 10, 2012 - By Ryan Wenzel
More than 350 students in Henry Street's after-school programs took to the streets yesterday to rally against proposed city cuts to after-school programs.
"If we're not in our seats, we're in the streets," the children chanted as they filled Henry Street with handmade signs of protest.
The proposed cuts would be crippling to parents and children alike, said Diane Rubin, Chief Program Officer of Henry Street. "Parents need after-school programs so they can work," said Rubin. "So children have a safe place to be."
Mayor Bloomberg's budget plan would cut funding for youth programs — including five after-school sites operated by Henry Street — that serve a total of 47,000 children.