Author Archives: Ashley Kang

Current Issue

In our September print issue you’ll find a collection of stories on fathers. This past year we launched a new series honoring fathers. Recent studies found black fathers are more involved with their children on a daily basis than dads from other racial groups and much more involved than fathers from a decade ago. Thus, The Stand’s Fatherhood Series aimed ... Read More »

Personal Stories Told during The Life of a Felon Workshop

Sharon Washington founded Felons On The Move because she said it fulfilled a need in the Syracuse community. The organization helps felons navigate structural barriers in housing, employment and public benefit restrictions after their release and also provides career services, training, and business and legal guidance. “It’s more than just trying to get them a job,” Washington, the executive director, ... Read More »

Q&A with Quante Wright

Former gang member and car salesman nominated himself to share how he encourages good choices Q: What did it feel like when you became a father? A: I was young, 17. I was excited and a little fearful. When she delivered the baby, I was in jail and didn’t get to see my first one born. But I got to ... Read More »

Q&A with Michael Bundrage

Nominated by Gwendolyn Fagan for his work organizing Father/Daughter dances Q: What can you tell about the Father/Daughter dances? A: They were something my aunt organized over at Kirk Park many years ago, and I got involved. They aren’t just father/daughter dances but are for the moms and sons, too. We hold them each August and open it up to ... Read More »

Q&A with D’Shaun Thompson

Thompson believes children need both parents to play an active role Q: What did it feel like when you became a father? A: That doubt. Questioning yourself if you’re fully prepared to be responsible for someone else. It was a bunch of emotions not just one thing. Each child presents us different challenges, but it’s covering the basics and then ... Read More »

Q&A with Ben Jamison

This Father’s Day was extra special for Jamison and his father because he was celebrating becoming a dad, too.   Q: What did it feel like when you became a father? A: I fell in love with that child the moment I laid eyes on her. She looked up at me and smiled. That was her first reaction … to ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

LETTER TO MY ‘SONS’ To my Sons, Grandsons, Great Grandsons, Nephews and all the sons that do not have a dad to talk to, I would like to help all that would want to have a dad around. It is an honor to be your father, for you guys bring so much joy to my life. When I see and ... Read More »

Fathers Matter

Our Fatherhood Series originated from photos that came out of The Stand’s 2014 summer community journalism series, From Where We Stand. Eight residents shared photos of their family life throughout that summer, and many images highlighted touching moments between father and son. In some of the final images, you can see a father playfully blowing bubbles with his young son, ... Read More »

Residents Speak Out Against Tiny Homes

Aug. 19 neighbors heard more from A Tiny Home for Good director A second meeting took place Wednesday evening to hear residents’ concerns about the possibility of A Tiny Home for Good building tiny homes on Syracuse’s South Side. Monica Williams, an Onondaga County Legislator with the 16th District, opened the meeting to 35 attendees at the Southwest Community Center. With ... Read More »