Author Archives: Ashley Kang

Ecodessa Celebrates One-Year Anniversary in Runway Fashion

By Darian Stevenson A curated women’s clothing and accessories shop celebrated its one-year anniversary last month at Commonspace. Ecodessa, created to bring sustainable fashion brands from around the world to downtown Syracuse, holds a monthly Sip and Shop event as an opportunity for shoppers to have a cocktail and see its latest collections. For its anniversary, Ecodessa added a twist: ... Read More »

Housing Insecurity

Local experts discuss the pandemic’s impact on housing and what’s to come By Eddie VelazquezSyracuse residents struggling to find fair and stable housing conditions have only seen those challenges magnify in the last year, according to local housing organization leaders and community advocates. These hardships merit immediate action, they say, before a significant number of city renters are met with ... Read More »

Honoring Jackie Warren-Moore

By Gabriel Veiga When asked from where she got her Ph.D., poet, playwright and activist Jackie Warren-Moore responded with “I Ph didn’t.”  Rachel Guido deVries, also a poet and longtime friend of Warren-Moore, with whom she performed many shows, explained that that was exactly who Warren-Moore was. “That was her response,” Guido deVries said. “She wasn’t defined by anything other ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

This weekend, the Party for Socialism and Liberation, alongside the Democratic Socialists of America, took our fight for housing justice to the New York State Fair, protesting the corporate-led attacks against the right to housing — brought to a recent head by the Supreme Court’s decision to end eviction moratoriums. This decision, made to appease corporate real estate lobbies, brought ... Read More »

Parents Raise Concerns Over Guidelines to Return to School

By Natalia Perez-Gonzalez Central New York parents are sending their kids to begin a third pandemic school year, this time with different challenges and insecurities than the last.  Syracuse schools are set to start Sept. 8 for students in Pre-K through 10th grade and Sept. 9 for students in 11th and 12th grades. The Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School ... Read More »

Residents Make Concerns Heard at I-81 Public Hearings

By Eddie Velazquez Close to two dozen residents of Syracuse and its suburbs spoke in favor of the Community Grid Alternative for the Interstate 81 Viaduct replacement project in Syracuse at a public hearing set up by the state Aug. 18. Residents said they support the $1.9 billion project, which is meant to replace part of the aging highway and ... Read More »

Syracuse’s Oldest Black Church Receives Grant to Transform Unoccupied Property

By Gabriel Veiga The National Trust for Historic Preservation awarded a $3 million grant to help preserve Black history, with a portion — $75,000 — going toward a long-awaited plan to revitalize a Syracuse church building on East Fayette Street. The People’s African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Zion Church will use the funds to update the long vacant property into a ... Read More »

United Fight for I-81 Justice

By Michael Garcia More than 100 Syracuse residents stood across from The Oncenter — a week before the New York State Department of Transportation is scheduled to meet there to discuss the future of the I-81 viaduct project. The protestors started their morning at 10 a.m., assembling at STEAM at Dr. King Elementary, and marched to the New York State ... Read More »

Launch of Skilled Trades Series

By Ashley Kang On Aug. 14, advocates and community residents gathered for a rally and march to demand racial, economic and environmental justice for the communities living near the I-81 viaduct. Additionally, organizers are pushing for jobs, demanding the New York State Department of Transportation make a commitment to hiring local workers for this multi-year, multi-billion dollar construction project. The ... Read More »

March remembers Native Americans forced into boarding schools

By Adrianna Adame Last week, hundreds walked in solidarity for indigenous victims of residential boarding schools. Protesters marched from the Onondaga Nation Arena to downtown Syracuse’s Columbus Circle — nearly 6 miles.  Speakers, including the eight organizers of the July 31 Every Child Matters: Walk for Justice for Our Ancestors, told stories about the horrors done by the Catholic-run schools ... Read More »