Author Archives: Ashley Kang

Sold on the South Side

$12 Million in Renovations coming to Sankofa Business District By Ashley Kang The Greater Syracuse Land Bank announced in July the sale of the long-vacant South Presbyterian Church to local couple Evelyn and Chino Ingram who plan to redevelop it into a community venue space. Chino and Evelyn Ingram inside the main sanctuary. The property, at 2210 S. Salina St., ... Read More »

Annual Photo Walk to Continue in July as a Photo Contest

Each summer, The Stand and a growing group of regulars, participate in our annual Photo Walk. We look forward to gathering on a hot Saturday each July to explore, meet neighbors and document the South Side in photos. Led by volunteer Photo Walk Leaders, groups venture out for several hours, some taking hundreds of images, then return to share their ... Read More »

A symbolic demonstration held to push for a Lead Safe Syracuse

By Ashley Kang and Jenna Wirth Sunday afternoon mothers placed empty strollers outside of City Hall as a symbolic reminder of whose health and safety are at stake in implementing the Syracuse Lead Abatement and Control Ordinance. The demonstration was organized by Families for Lead Freedom Now, a Syracuse group advocating for children and families impacted by lead paint poisoning, ... Read More »

Steps to Financial Freedom

Knowing that COVID-19 has disrupted the financial lives of people everywhere, Christal Johnson decided to do something different for her 43rd birthday: She is giving away 43 financial plans. Johnson, a licensed financial consultant with the firm Jones Jewels & Associates, first made the offer on Facebook earlier this month, targeting her friends and family. As a fan of The ... Read More »

Workers First Thank You Event

Mark Spadafore, president of the Syracuse Labor Council, greeted essential workers today as they exited the VA Medical Center. He handed out pins and thank yous for providing medical care during this trying time. “We want to thank those healthcare workers who are giving much needed care to our heroes, the veterans who have fought to keep us safe,” said ... Read More »

Civil Service

If you had to serve, would your perspective on policing change? Make police service compulsory for every American. Don’t study it. Don’t overthink it. Just take the plunge. Will it magically fix every cop-related conflict? Of course not. But in one giant leap of civic spirit, we’ll vault past the division between police and public by simply eliminating it. A two- ... Read More »

Local Students Bring L.O.V.E. to Seniors

Syracuse Expeditionary Learning Middle School student Samaia Goodrich along with other area teen volunteers showed their L.O.V.E. to the residents of the Central Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Syracuse Tuesday afternoon. Samaia Goodrich The middle and high schoolers delivered personalized, handwritten postcards to the center’s residents, letting them know they are not alone and are loved during this difficult ... Read More »

Poem: Mr. George Floyd

5/25/20  I Wonder  What was in his mind when he woke up that morning?  I Wonder  What was in his mind when he climbed out of bed that morning?  I Wonder  What was in his mind when he washed his face and brushed his teeth that morning?  I Wonder  What was he thinking when he ate his breakfast that morning?  ... Read More »

Rodney King to George Floyd

This great nation under one beautiful law sometimes reminds me of a dog startled by one of its own farts. The dog wheels around but can’t comprehend what  happened much less why. Then it shrugs off  the perturbation and moves on — until the next time. So here we go again, frantically searching for the source of our self-generated flatulence. ... Read More »

RISE Receives Federal Grant to Support Youth New to This Country

The Refugee and Immigrant Self-Empowerment (RISE) Center, serving local immigrant communities, has landed a federal grant of nearly $600,000 to improve long-term prospects for younger clients and promote local outreach. The money will target a Catch-22 that has long vexed new Americans — how to generate enough income to survive while finding time and resources to expand their career horizons ... Read More »