Author Archives: Ashley Kang

InterFaith Works’ El-Hindi Center for Dialogue honored

Nonprofit recognized for efforts to spark communication between community, police InterFaith Works of Central New York’s El-Hindi Center for Dialogue was honored last month in Washington, D.C., as a winner of the 2018 American Civic Collaboration awards, or Civvys. The center tied for first in the local category and was noted for its work in a variety of programs, most ... Read More »

Q&A with Father Christopher Montgomery

Nominated by Deka Dancil Q: How did it feel when you became a father? A: It was the best, scariest moment of my life. I was 23 when I had him. I didn’t know what it took to be a father. It was a quick learning process, but it’s something I enjoy every day in my life. Q: How did ... Read More »

Motivating Factor

After multiple visits in and out of prison, local man shares why he hasn’t returned He’s a good person who made bad decisions. James Rivers distills his own complicated life into that simple sentence. He ended a roller coaster of nearly three decades in and out of prison in 2011 when, he said, he decided that he had had enough ... Read More »

Letters of Support

How four decades of handwritten letters help incarcerated men connect to the outside world Read More »

Cleaning Corners

Five years after Jim Gifford’s death, his memory lives on in annual community cleanup Read More »

Current Issue

In November, our series “Prison to Family” continues with two new examinations of how important various forms of family and community support are — while incarcerated, immediately after release and even in the decade after prison — in preventing recidivism. Other stories includes reporter Nicole Valinote’s profile on Eurain Scott and how his high school media program opened the world ... Read More »

Examination of Slave Narratives

Panel discussion explores questions raised by current Syracuse Stage play Audience and community members gathered at Syracuse Stage after a recent performance of “Possessing Harriet” to discuss the lasting impact of slavery in America. A panel consisting of scholars Christian DuComb, John Ernest and Joan Bryant; Syracuse Stage director Tazewell Thompson and Bass himself, fielded question about the play and ... Read More »

‘Evicted’ Author Visits Syracuse

For Pulitzer-winning author Dr. Matthew Desmond, surveys and numbers weren’t enough to get a clear picture of what eviction does to a poor family in the Midwest. For the book, he moved into a trailer park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and watched individual victims of the 2008 housing crisis move from squalid house to run-down apartment, trying to scrounge together enough ... Read More »

World Premiere

Historical play ‘Possessing Harriet’ to debut at Syracuse Stage Read More »