Author Archives: Ashley Kang

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 »

Creating Change

South Side activists take to the streets to educate fellow citizens on importance of voting Read More »

City Schools Partner with Harvard University

District looks to combat attendance issues with initiatives to better inform parents The Syracuse City School District is piloting new initiatives this year to boost student attendance and combat chronic absenteeism. Chronic absenteeism occurs when a student is absent for at least 18 days — 10 percent of the school year, said Robert DiFlorio, SCSD’s executive director of early childhood ... Read More »