Author Archives: Ashley Kang

United Fight for I-81 Justice

By Michael Garcia More than 100 Syracuse residents stood across from The Oncenter — a week before the New York State Department of Transportation is scheduled to meet there to discuss the future of the I-81 viaduct project. The protestors started their morning at 10 a.m., assembling at STEAM at Dr. King Elementary, and marched to the New York State ... Read More »

Launch of Skilled Trades Series

By Ashley Kang On Aug. 14, advocates and community residents gathered for a rally and march to demand racial, economic and environmental justice for the communities living near the I-81 viaduct. Additionally, organizers are pushing for jobs, demanding the New York State Department of Transportation make a commitment to hiring local workers for this multi-year, multi-billion dollar construction project. The ... Read More »

March remembers Native Americans forced into boarding schools

By Adrianna Adame Last week, hundreds walked in solidarity for indigenous victims of residential boarding schools. Protesters marched from the Onondaga Nation Arena to downtown Syracuse’s Columbus Circle — nearly 6 miles.  Speakers, including the eight organizers of the July 31 Every Child Matters: Walk for Justice for Our Ancestors, told stories about the horrors done by the Catholic-run schools ... Read More »

Tenants Protest Ballantyne Management

By Eddie Velazquez Dozens of eviction defense activists gathered Wednesday outside Ballantyne Garden Apartments to rally its tenants to protest the grim living conditions in some of the buildings. The protest, organized by the Syracuse Tenants Organizing for Power (STOP!) Coalition and Rebirth SYR, followed a scathing report published on that detailed the unsanitary state of some of the ... Read More »

Why Locals Support Ongoing Protests in Cuba

By Adrianna Adame Some local Cuban and Cuban Americans are actively protesting against the Cuban government, urgently calling for freedom as people continue to starve and suffer from the country’s lack of medical resources. They vocally showed their sympathy towards the dire and oppressive conditions that protesters have to live with, such as imprisonment for challenging the government, during a ... Read More »

Officials Call Gun Buyback a Success

By Nolan Hughes After collecting nearly 350 firearms at a Syracuse gun buyback, state and local officials were quick to call the event a success — but researchers are not as convinced. The event was held at St. Lucy’s Church’s food pantry on Gifford Street July 24. When the final results were calculated, Jon Wood, who works for the Attorney ... Read More »

How to Enter Our Photo Contest

The 2021 Summer Photo Contest organized by The Stand newspaper is underway and will continue to accept photo entrees until midnight Aug. 1. “Last year, because of COVID-19 restrictions, we rethought our annual Photo Walk plans,”  said Ashley Kang, director of the project. “I still wanted to find a way to capture this moment and how life continued in the ... Read More »

Syracuse to Hold Gun Buyback Program Saturday

Staff Report A Community Gun Buyback program will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 24, at the St. Lucy’s Food Pantry, 425 Gifford St. People who return hand guns and assault rifles under the amnesty program will be eligible to receive a financial payment and an iPad, on a first come-first served basis. No identification is ... Read More »

Here’s a Photo Walk Volunteer’s Top Tips to taking a Great Shot

Forced to skip 2020’s Photo Walk due to restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic, our project’s most popular community training is back along with another citywide Photo Contest to capture often overlooked places in Syracuse, as well as the faces that call those places home. This month, a dozen photographers and community members have volunteered their time to lead five separate ... Read More »

Community Educator on Eviction

Tre’Coy Boyd takes on new role to help inform renters of their rights By Eddie Velazquez Onondaga County’s Volunteer Lawyers Project Eviction Defense has expanded its roster of community advocates. The nonprofit, which specializes in providing legal aid to residents who are unable to seek paid legal services, recently hired Tre’Coy Boyd as its new legal assistant and community educator ... Read More »