Author Archives: Ashley Kang

Forty Years of Activism

Syracuse United Neighbors Celebrate Oct. 4 One of Syracuse’s longest-standing community aid organizations will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a party its officers promise will include music, dancing and raffles. Syracuse United Neighbors — known as “SUN” — works to boost jobs and fight crime, according to its mission statement. “People feel unrepresented and feel that the government is not ... Read More »

A Tribute to Paul Robeson & Company

Show honors acclaimed performer and activist Oct. 7 For 35 years on the South Side, the theater company named for one of America’s greatest African-American actors still hews to its original mission, its members said — speaking about social issues through art — just as did Paul Robeson, for whom it is named. The Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company will ... Read More »

Motivation Mantra

Local fitness trainer encourages working out for emotional well-being A chance encounter three years ago between two men, who both emigrated from predominantly English-speaking nations in West Africa, changed the life of one and reinforced the life mission of the other. In 2014, Ronju Benefu immigrated to America from his home in Ghana. He had no money, no place to ... Read More »

Current Issue

    In our September print issue, we catch up with Officer Ahmad Mims, who was featured on The Stand’s cover back in 2015. Mims’ story offers a sneak peek at the larger in-depth journalism project — They Wear Blue — completed by Newhouse students over a four-month period. Officers — and community activists — from the project will be published ... Read More »

Raising Awareness

Group uses photos to combat stigma of drug addiction As the opioid crisis continues to grip the United States, photographers in Syracuse are picking up their cameras to help those in need. Layers of Hope, an organization founded this year, aims to raise awareness for addicted individuals. Photographers look to remove the stigma of addiction by attaching human faces to ... Read More »

Officer Speaks Out About Firing Gun

While under review, Ahmad Mims couldn’t speak about incident for over two months It was the first time he had ever fired his gun while on duty — and the first time he ever feared for his life. Asked if his police academy training had prepared him mentally for what happened April 22, the six weeks he spent on paid ... Read More »

Standing Strong

Elite police unit works to turn routine traffic stops into safety for city The familiar call goes out over the police radio: “Shots fired …” Within seconds, two Syracuse police officers turn around from their patrol on the West Side of the city and speed to the crime-plagued south. They weave in and out of traffic as they race to ... Read More »

Q&A with Father Ricky Parks

Nominated by Travis Robinson Q: What did it feel like when you became a father? A: I was nervous at first, because I didn’t grow up with my father. So I didn’t really think I knew how to be a father. After the first year, I got used to it and enjoyed having him around. Then they just all started ... Read More »

Rooted in Gospel

Dr. Joan Hillsman tirelessly works to raise gospel music to a new level Read More »