Author Archives: Ashley Kang

Q&A with Father Figure Joshua Michael King

By Ashley Reeves Q: You are raising your two brothers. What did it feel like when you became their guardian?A: I took custody when our father died in 2015. It’s been really interesting. I’ve gone from being their awesome, cool, outrageous, trouble-making big brother to now the authority figure. It’s been a difficult transition if I’m being transparent. For seven ... Read More »

The Stand Launches Podcast: My South Side

“When we came from Afghanistan, my wife was pregnant and she was in such a bad situation inside of the airplane,” said Arsalan Sultani, who was evacuated to the United States when Afghanistan fell last August. “I started to make a better life for my family. I want to do everything for them.”  Sultani, 25, served in the Afghan Armed ... Read More »

Beyond the Binary

How transgender and non-binary teens navigate the difficult terrain of transitioning Read More »

How Building Men Launched

Director stresses importance of building relationships, challenges the concept of what it means to ‘be a man’ By April Santana Joe Horan was doing everything right — by society’s standards. He got married. He bought a house. He successfully coached the middle school basketball team. He had it all figured out. But when his relationship with his wife fell apart, ... Read More »

Residents Raise Concerns on I-81 Plans to NYSDOT

By Eddie Velazquez New York Civil Liberties Union organizers and State Department of Transportation officials directed a community conversation over the weekend at STEAM at Dr. King Elementary School on the Interstate 81 project that will transform the aging viaduct in the next six years. State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) officials fielded questions April 30 from city residents and local elected ... Read More »

It Takes a Village

How Sankofa Reproductive Health and Healing Center serves local mothers By Lizzy Reardon When she was 14 years old, SeQuoia Kemp was diagnosed with ovarian cysts and was told she would undergo surgery that week. She became hyper-aware of her reproductive organs and the constant pain. In preparation for her surgery, she refrained from eating and drinking. The repeated cancellations ... Read More »

Funding Approved to Expand Mental Health Response

By Darian Stevenson Syracuse Common Council has appropriated up to $257,000 from the American Rescue Plan Act to allow an expansion on mental health providers to co-respond to 911 calls alongside police officers. In a meeting of the Public Safety Committee held April 5, Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens called the appropriated funds “expensive but needed.”  “As a community we’re proving ... Read More »