Author Archives: Ashley Kang

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 »

Q&A with Father James Williams

Nominated by Summer Merrick By Ashley Kang Q: What did it feel like when you became a father? A. Excitement. Joy. Just to know that you are able to bring a life into this world is definitely one of the best feelings in the world. I was there for the birth all the way. I cut the umbilical cord and ... Read More »

September Print Edition

By Ashley Kang Here at The Stand, we’re still giddy after celebrating our Photo Walk Big Reveal in August, when we announced winners of our first-ever photo contest during a live-streamed event on Zoom and Facebook. This summer marked the 11th Photo Walk hosted by The Stand. To say this one was a bit different because of COVID-19 is an ... Read More »

Photo Contest Winners Announced

Last night, The Stand revealed the top picks in this summer’s 2020 Photo Contest. Held in place of the annual Photo Walk due to the pandemic, we wanted to devise a way to still document the city this summer in photos. In planning the event, now as a contest, we hoped many would enter, sharing images showing how the community ... Read More »