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Protest criticizes Legal Services office layoffs

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -

Nine protesters gathered in front of the offices of a government-funded organization that provides legal services to the financially disadvantaged in Alabama to protest staff layoffs caused by funding cuts.

Faya Rose Toure', a Selma community activist formerly known as Rose M. Sanders, said the staff cuts at Legal Services of Alabama were severely hampering legal help to residents of Selma and other economically disadvantaged communities in Alabama's Black Belt region.

She said eight employees of Legal Services of Alabama had lost their jobs, including four attorneys.

 Toure' said the closing comes at a bad time for black farmers who are trying to get their share of a lawsuit settlement.

Legal Services director Jimmy Fry said none of the positions would have been eliminated "if we had the money."

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