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Black Judges Can No Longer Stay Silent

In the wake of continued killings of unarmed minorities by police, justices identify areas of racism in court system By Jeff Kramer Embedded in a new report on racial bias in New York state courts is a link to a segment of the popular TV show “What Would You Do?” starring John Quinones. The episode can’t substitute for the exhaustive ... Read More »

Virtual Panel Addresses Syracuse’s Lead Crisis

By Sydney Gold When the Syracuse Common Council passed a new lead ordinance this past summer, they acknowledged the ongoing health crisis facing so many of Syracuse’s families. In a city where roughly 600 children are diagnosed with lead poisoning annually, laws that force accountability from both the government and landlords can be crucial steps on the path towards a ... Read More »

More Than Reading

Elected officials stress the social, financial ramifications of literacy By Patrick McCarthy In recognition of National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week a handful of speakers gathered Tuesday in front of the state office building to discuss literacy rates for Onondaga County. Mayor Ben Walsh, also speaking on behalf of County Executive Ryan McMahon, declared Sept. 23 Literacy Recognition Day ... Read More »

Protest Held on First Day of Virtual Learning

Community calls out inequality to city’s start of school plan amid the pandemic By Patrick McCarthy Community members made themselves heard Monday morning in front of STEAM at Dr. King Elementary School to protest the Syracuse City School District’s remote learning plan. The school board voted unanimously in late August to only have virtual classes from Sept. 14 through Oct. ... Read More »

Census Due Sept. 30

By Ashley Kang The city and several local groups are on the final push to to “get out the census” and encourage area residents to complete the national count by the Sept. 30 deadline. PEACE Inc. has received funding from the Central New York Community Foundation to push local residents to fill out the nine-question form. In the coming weeks, ... Read More »

Public Service Art

Carrie Mae Weems advocates for people of color with campaign combining art and health By Natasha BreuNearly six months into the “Resist COVID Take 6!” campaign, artist Carrie Mae Weems has put everything in her life on hold to focus on outreach in communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic.The campaign’s goal is to highlight how Black and brown communities are ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

Labor Day message This has been a hard year.  There is no way around it; everyone has been touched by the pandemic, the failing economy, racial unrest and the sentiments that goes along with the things that we have endured in 2020. We are in unprecedented times and living through a phase that will be taught in the history books ... Read More »

Q Center’s Support Continues

In the time of COVID, LGBTQ+ youth, families still have a place to ‘go’ By Sarah Connor  The COVID-19 pandemic has obviously brought numerous challenges to families everywhere. However, for families of LGBTQ+ youths, the pandemic has been eye-opening for multiple reasons. Here in Syracuse, many of these families have found support through the Q Center, a resource and support ... Read More »

Circle of Life

One of four short films to premiere this week addresses racism, life at a crossroads By Natasha Breu In his upcoming short film, “Homegoing,” which unites actor Khalil Kain with Tupac’s nephew Malik Shakur, Syracuse University graduate and filmmaker Carlton Daniel Jr. portrays the reality of being a Black man in America. Themes of structural racism weave throughout the storyline ... Read More »