Author Archives: Ashley Kang

Current Issue

In our April print issue, meet Lanessa Owens, a lawyer overseeing the Volunteer Lawyers Project’s New Start Program that focuses on reentry assistance. Next learn about two unique things happening with Land Bank homes — first the Greater Syracuse Land Bank is partnering with art teachers in city schools to paint murals on plywood to be used on vacant housing ... Read More »

New Beginnings

Lawyer helps those who have criminal records conquer barriers to jobs Read More »

Q&A with Father Stanley Ford

Nominated by fellow teacher Anton Ninno Q: What did it feel like when you learned you would become a father? A: I was in the military and had a duty assignment in a suburb of Detroit. I was an advisor to the 70th Infantry Division on training. My wife would usually have breakfast in the morning and on this day ... Read More »

2017 Racial Justice Youth Award Winner

Zau Jat N-Hkum received the Youth 2017 Racial Justice Award presented by Interfaith Works of Central New York during an awards ceremony held March 1 at Syracuse Stage. The honorees were selected for their efforts to end racial injustice and promote social equity in Central New York. N-Hkum is a senior at the Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central (ITC) ... Read More »

ACTS Meets on Youth Solitary Confinement

The Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse (ACTS) Criminal Justice Task Force met March 20 at Grace Episcopal Church to review the status of youth solitary confinement in Syracuse. Attendees discussed the next steps in dealing with this rights’ violation, saying youth solitary confinement is one of the many injustices which contributes to mass criminalization. This Syracuse committee partners with Gamaliel, a ... Read More »

A Friendly Five

Local band Brownskin excited to celebrate 10th anniversary The SAMMY Award-winning band Brownskin is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017, and bandleader Nathaniel “Nate” Brown is excited about the future. The band has been around since 2007. “Since then, like a lot of things, we have evolved,” Nate said. “Back then, an early working version of the band consisted of ... Read More »

Stitching Meaning

Artist displays her culturally distinctive pieces To help her tell a story, Vanessa Johnson holds up a hand-stitched quilt, showing it off before her audience of young children and their parents gathered in Beauchamp Branch Library one afternoon last month. Through its different colors and fabrics, she said, the quilt would help her with the story of the “South Side ... Read More »

Uniting Around Jazz

Local trombonist creates Unity Street Band If you close your eyes on any lazy Sunday afternoon while taking in the live performances of local and guest jazz musicians at Funk ‘N Waffles downtown, it’s not difficult to imagine yourself in New Orleans — even if only until a door opens and the bitter cold wind whips through your daydream of ... Read More »

Food for Families

New food pantry offers healthy options every Thursday When the P.E.A.C.E. Inc, South Side Family Resource Center opened its new food pantry a month ago, emphasizing nutritious food, the longtime South Side institution drew one of its biggest crowds ever. Located on Dr. Martin Luther King West, the resource center has been a safe haven for many local residents by providing ... Read More »