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Parents Raise Concerns Over Guidelines to Return to School

By Natalia Perez-Gonzalez Central New York parents are sending their kids to begin a third pandemic school year, this time with different challenges and insecurities than the last.  Syracuse schools are set to start Sept. 8 for students in Pre-K through 10th grade and Sept. 9 for students in 11th and 12th grades. The Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School ... Read More »

Residents Make Concerns Heard at I-81 Public Hearings

By Eddie Velazquez Close to two dozen residents of Syracuse and its suburbs spoke in favor of the Community Grid Alternative for the Interstate 81 Viaduct replacement project in Syracuse at a public hearing set up by the state Aug. 18. Residents said they support the $1.9 billion project, which is meant to replace part of the aging highway and ... Read More »

Syracuse’s Oldest Black Church Receives Grant to Transform Unoccupied Property

By Gabriel Veiga The National Trust for Historic Preservation awarded a $3 million grant to help preserve Black history, with a portion — $75,000 — going toward a long-awaited plan to revitalize a Syracuse church building on East Fayette Street. The People’s African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Zion Church will use the funds to update the long vacant property into a ... Read More »

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 »