Author Archives: Ashley Kang

Protesters Condemn Legislators’ Push to Rollback New York’s Bail Reform

A resolution asking the state to rollback New York State’s latest bail reform passed the Onondaga County Legislature on Feb. 4, despite criticism from local protesters in front of the building.  The resolution, proposed by GOP Legislator David Knapp, will be sent to the state legislature to push forward an attempt at amending or suspending the controversial bail reforms. The ... Read More »

Reflection on Mr. Muhammad Ali: The Greatest

I shook his hand, he shook my heart As a young man, I loved sports: football, basketball, track, wrestling … I learned to respect athletic accomplishment, stature, intellect, social consciousness. I witnessed the amazing growth in fame of Muhammed Ali who became the most recognizable man on the planet, who also grew in his personal/spiritual beliefs and who stood steadfast ... Read More »

Current Issue

This issue features three local couples — Emad Rahim and Cjala Surratt; newlyweds Umar and Maria Karriem, and Joe and Connie Gregory — who share not only how they fell in love but how they work to sustain that love. The Stand featured successful couples in our February issue last year, too. Readers told us they loved the profiles on ... Read More »

Time for Love

Three Syracuse couples share their stories and give tips on how to keep a marriage going strong Read More »


Having a Relationship with a Cigarette With you In you I am yours I am you                                                                                       What’s so sad is Oh, How I love the way                                               I’ll be there for you You cough                                                                    Even when you’re gone And my name comes out                                                                                                                              I am you At times                                                                        I will be you I can be too much                                                    At times ... Read More »

Model Mentorship

Intervention program receives funding to expand after-school offerings Would you still get to school on time, if you had to walk through a war zone? Students living on Syracuse’s South Side have seen peers killed in the blocks between a bus stop and a front porch. They turn each corner, never knowing if it will be their last. In 2017, ... Read More »

Q&A with Father Theodore “Tedd” Perry

Nominated by his wife Annaliese Perry Q: What did it feel like when you became a father? A. I would have to describe that feeling as being excited but scared, not knowing whether I was going to have a boy or a girl at the time, but knowing that I was going to be a father … and knowing that ... Read More »

Planning Ahead

Church Safety and Security Summit organized to prepare local congregants in case of attack Read More »

State of the City

Mayor to focus on neighborhood and economic development for Syracuse’s future Read More »

Should You Skip the Census?

Hard as this might be to believe, the U.S. Census was once as controversial as counting sheep. Injustices such as excluding former slaves and “Indians not taxed” were behind us. The census evolved into a routine act of civic maintenance, the equivalent of changing the oil in our democracy every 10 years.“The plan,” the U.S. Census Bureau explains on its ... Read More »