In our Winter issue, our cover story is on David Hills, who works as an outreach worker with S.N.U.G. — guns spelled backward. After serving prison time himself for a shooting, he now strives to stop people from killing. Another feature looks at recent changes at Kirk Park and the progress The New Dunbar Center [...]
In our November issue, our cover story is on the recent Cardboard Challenge held at Beauchamp Branch Library where youth got to use their imaginations to turn the library into a cardboard arcade. Another feature article looks at the South Side’s unique Harlow Park founded by Carmen Harlow as an athletic space to honor athletes [...]
This summer, The Stand offered a new storytelling series — From Where We Stand — in which South Side and West Side residents shared their families’ summer stories through photos. The participants’ photos will continue to be on display through mid-October in the Link Gallery at Syracuse University’s Cantor Warehouse in downtown. The gallery is [...]
This summer, The Stand offered a new storytelling series — From Where We Stand — in which South Side and West Side residents shared their families’ summer stories through photos. We invite you to view participants’ photos during a final gallery reception for the project being held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at the [...]
On Saturday, July 26, 10 participants set out on The Stand’s Fifth annual Photo Walk. Photowalking is the act of walking with a camera for the main purpose of taking pictures of things that the photographer may find interesting. It is also a social event organized for the purpose of having fun, improving one’s photography [...]
Our Summer Print Issue features a profile on Sam Wright, a chef with Meals on Wheels of Syracuse. Also in the issue read a special guest column by Syracuse University students completing a course in Food Studies called “Feeding the City: Urban Food Systems.” Their work aided in the efforts in a new sustainability workshop [...]
Our April Print Issue features a profile on Patrice Williams, a Corcoran track start known as “The Silent Bullet.” The issue also reflects on the contributions of our late board member John A. Young, who passed away at the end of February. He joined the board shortly after our initial launch party in 2010 and [...]
March is National Reading Month, thus we encourage everyone on the South Side to read more. To start, dive into our March issue when it comes out March 1 or download the pdf here.
And in celebration of National Reading Month, send us titles of your favorite books and quotes on Twitter @MySouthSide and tag them with #SSReads. My favorite book, “The Namesake” by Jhumpa Lahiri, also happens to be this year’s CNY Reads One Book choice, and my favorite quote from this novel is: “That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.”
Volunteer construction group the Silver Hammers consider aiding a project for Veterans
The 20th century ’70s saw the emergence of the Gray Panthers, an activist outfit that many saw as the senior-citizen version of the militant Black Panthers. The Gray Panthers’ platform included points against the Vietnam War and the statutory retirement age.
In the 21st century ’10s the Greater Syracuse area saw the emergence of the Silver Hammers, an organization made up of retirees who feel in their prime in their 60s and 70s, and who say they need to continue working to foster a sense of camaraderie among themselves and with the beneficiaries of their projects. Paul Mabe, a leader of the Silver Hammers, said, “In short, what we want to build is a community.”
David Hills overcame criminal past to work to defuse violent situations
A few weeks ago, two men ready to end each other’s life called a truce over a mediated meal. They’d exchanged bullets before trading words: One had put bullet holes in the van of the other. One had shot at the other several times.
“These guys are killers, literally. We know that they have bodies underneath their belts. But, they were going at each other’s heads, and we interrupted that,” said David Hills, one of the mediators in the situation who detailed the negotiation that started with individual talks to the men.
“I know when a person wants to reach out, sit down and wants to squash something. I can sense it.