Author Archives: Ashley Kang

Merger Discussion Continues

Syracuse residents are still skeptical about a potential consolidation of the city and county governments. At the most recent Consensus CNY meeting on Feb. 29, committee members tried to assure the crowd at a packed Southwest Community Center that the consolidation would have positive results for city residents. The Commission on Local Government Modernization put out a report in January ... Read More »

Q&A with Ben Jamison

Nominated by John Akins, Fatherhood Community Health worker for Syracuse Healthy Start We first featured Ben Jamison in the September 2015 issue of The Stand. He was raising Ameerah — the daughter of his girlfriend, La’Chelle Brown — as his own. The couple since has had their first child together, Peyton, and they are expecting another girl this summer. Q: ... Read More »

‘Fight for $15’

Syracuse supports New York state’s effort to raise the minimum wage The Syracuse Common Council voted 8-1 in February to urge the state’s lawmakers to adopt a measure that would set $15 an hour as the minimum wage for all workers in the city. The approved resolution lends the city’s official backing to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to ... Read More »

March Issue

In this issue, learn about the Black History Museum youth presented at the end of February at the Southwest Community Center for Black History Month. Inside also learn about the dangers faced by workers in low-wage jobs, find out about a new women’s support group that has started at the Mary Nelson Youth Center and catch up on the latest ... Read More »

Philosophy of Sport

Southside Academy Charter School students ponder ethical dilemmas Professor Ben Bradley posed a series of seemingly straightforward questions to a group of seventh and eighth graders about sports Friday, Feb. 26. Is it OK to take performance-enhancing drugs? Should men and women compete against each other? Should the winning team always be considered the better team? At first, the Southside ... Read More »

Role Model

Syracuse’s solo state-qualified wrestler just wants to serve people Naseem Fielder, a senior at Corcoran High School, competed in New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s Division I championship on Feb. 26. He’s been wrestling since he was a freshman, but this was his first trip to the state finals. At the sectional competition on Feb. 13, Fielder won ... Read More »

Workers’ Stories

Conversations with local workers reveal challenges, hardships they face regularly Because people spend so much of their time at work, it is important to become aware of the ways that work impacts health. Low-wage jobs have become essential to our economy. Low paying, unstable work arrangements have created large numbers of workers with high risks of poor health due to ... Read More »

Black History Museum

Center spends Black History Month creating exhibits Students at Southwest Community Center got a dose of black history when they prepared a museum for the public to showcase different facets of their history and culture. On Feb. 25, the exhibits were opened to the public to walk through and judge, considering creativity, presentation, knowledge of the topic, organization and imagination. ... Read More »