Voices

Sprouting Change

Teenagers will harvest fresh produce from once-empty property lots City officials and neighborhood activists are transforming the South Side’s landscape, turning a dozen vacant properties into an urban farm. The farm will employ the neighborhood’s teenagers during summer months and help alleviate the shortage of fresh produce on the South Side. Read More »

Many Attend Defend CNY Rally

New coalition of community organizations formed in response to current economic crisis A crowd of about 200 people, brought together by a new community organization, issued a call Monday, April 4, for economic justice and a renewed commitment to civil rights. Invoking the name and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the group filled the auditorium in ... Read More »

Same House, Changing Times

Two generations of Brelands focus on positive aspects of South Side, such as decent neighbors From the second story of a yellow house, Richard Breland has watched the South Side change for almost half a century. When the 15th Ward was demolished, Breland — like many of his displaced neighbors — relocated to the South Side. But he missed the ... Read More »

Why I Joined The Stand & Why You Should, Too

From the very first workshop I attended for The Stand, I knew that I was on the cusp of a life-changing experience. I was introduced to The Stand through its director, Ashley Kang, who sent out a slew of emails to drum up interest in the newspaper project. Read More »

Reporters for the South Side Find Familiar Stories in Grahamstown

A group from The Stand spent 11 days in South Africa, telling stories about the interesting culture and people who live there Over Syracuse University’s winter break, 13 of us packed up and went halfway around the world to Grahamstown, South Africa, which is on the country’s Eastern Cape. The group included myself, The Stand’s Director Ashley Kang and another ... Read More »

Artist Against Violence

Carrie Mae Weems says that she does not need to speak to make a difference — she can craft photographic images and weave them into a local culture in a way that can make an impact louder than words. Read More »

South Side Voices

Some community members say profiling doesn’t exist; others call police ‘badge heavy’ Pastor Jonathan Stephens Pastor Stephens has been the pastor at Fountain of Life Church at 700 South Ave. for 23 years. He operated his own private security company, the Stephens Security Task Force, for 15 years. He is head of security for western New York’s First Ecclesiastic Jurisdiction, ... Read More »

Parker the Pioneer

Ann Parker began her career in radio at a time when there were no spots on the air for women Ann Parker perches on the edge of the red couch in her living room, leaning close — inches from her visitor’s face. Her eyes narrow. She leans in, closer still. It seems their noses might touch. Her eyes water. Is ... Read More »

School: Real Deal

Article by High School columnist Olivia Harrison   “Where I’m from people don’t go to school. You’re either selling drugs or playing sports or something, but people don’t go to school.” These are the words of Jeramie White, who grew up on the tough South Side area of Syracuse and had every circumstance lined up against him. Yet he prevailed ... Read More »

Seniors love 'NAP'

Program provides seniors with a chance to socialize, exercise and enjoy local activities Mary Jackson is dressed to the nines every time she steps out of her home. When she is with friends at the Dunbar Center three mornings a week, she always bedazzles in a comely outfit. Jaws drop when her age is revealed – 97. Not only does ... Read More »