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South Siders React to National Verdict

By Violet Lazarus “This trial was about the right to breath,” said Bishop Colette Matthews-Carter, president of the Syracuse Onondaga NAACP, of the verdict taking national attention. On the evening of April 20, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted on all three charges against him: murder in the second degree while committing a felony, murder in the third-degree ... Read More »

Healing at Brady Market

New grocery store set to open offers more than food By Kambui Bomani Brady Faith Center Director Kevin Frank always viewed Brady Market as a place that could serve as “much more than a market.” In his vision, the space included a health component for workers and residents. “Placing choices of supports and health services together, side by side under ... Read More »

Reflecting on Their School Year

“Even in the hallway, we must stay a few feet apart,” Russo said. “Our custodians work hard to keep railings and other surfaces clean and sanitized.” Thirty-two Syracuse Latin School students in Ms. Kristina Russo’s fifth-grade class spent four weeks as part of an enrichment project on photojournalism. Their goal: to capture what school life is like now.Paired with each ... Read More »

Special Spring Edition

Inequity. Racism. Sexism. They rear their ugly heads in the strangest of places, like the paint on your windowsill. | Cover photography, from left to right, by Emily Kenny, Bond Demetri Photos and Jessica Ruiz As Syracuse residents like Darlene Medley know all too well, that paint is more likely to contain lead in homes located in diverse, city neighborhoods ... Read More »

Policing Bodies Discussion

By Katherine J. Scoville  As the Policed Bodies conversation came to a close, more important and essential points of view were brought to the table. The final session was led by Yusuf S. Abdul-Qadir, a member of the Syracuse Police Accountability and Reform Coalition, who was accompanied by other panelists.  The conversation first centered on what it meant to be ... Read More »

Critical Analysis of Policing

Syracuse webinar provides a dark reality of American policing By Kambui Bomani The Lender Center for Social Justice launched a two-day conversation on issues of race, disability and justice centering around the issues of policing. During one session titled “Policed Bodies: A Community Conversation on Race, Disability and Justice” local advocates discussed the current relationship between Blacks and police in ... Read More »

One in 10 Syracuse children have elevated blood lead levels, simply because of where they call home By Sydney GoldDarlene Medley talks about her kids the way mothers do. She has nine children, the youngest two a set of twins named Rashad and Devon. She calls her oldest twin “huggy bear” and remarks upon his unparalleled sharing skills. Sometimes she ... Read More »

A Resurgence

Syracuse Strong to return in a new league By Kambui Bomani Three years ago, the Syracuse Strong were at the top of the Northeastern Football Alliance (NFA) with consecutive undefeated seasons and a league title to its name. Their dominance as a volunteer semi-pro football team in the Central New York area was unquestioned. They played hard, fast and physical ... Read More »

Iconic Mural Coming Soon

By Reggie Seigler This downtown effort is being led by Jazzfest director to imprint Syracuse basketball icons Frank Malfitano is seeing things. He sees the south east wall of a six-story building at 333 E. Onondaga St. in Syracuse as a huge mural, and he wants us to see it, too.  The mural, he says, will pay homage to four ... Read More »

New Developments on the South Side

By Ashley Kang South Side residents were updated on the renovation of two South Salina Street properties at this week’s Tomorrow’s Neighborhoods Today meeting. Abandoned Church Couple Evelyn and Chino Ingram, who purchased the abandoned church at 2110 S. Salina St. from the Greater Syracuse Land Bank in July, shared preliminary design plans for the property developed with King + ... Read More »