Supporters will once again rally Thursday afternoon to spare Walsh Community Center from the city's budget chopping block.
The city announced earlier this month that because of budget woes it will pull funding from the South Boston center and seven others across the city, turning the facilities over to private groups that will run programs there.
The Walsh's staff members will be removed. Since the announcement, youths and other supporters have been pressing the city to keep the center open. Last weekend, nearly a hundred people staged a rally in South Boston to protest the cuts.
Thursday's rally will be held at 4 p.m. in front of City Hall.
"Our community is sending a message to City Hall and our elected officials that the Walsh Community Center is not negotiable,'' said Edward McGuire, a student and community activist. "The Walsh is our second home, and I refuse to sit back and watch our generation and future generations pay the price of political theater."
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