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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 »

Final Blessing

Aging nuns move from convent of more than 30 years to give last gift to community By Darian Stevenson Three nuns have given up their living space to allow for renovations on Sarah’s Guest House, a nonprofit on Syracuse’s Southwest Side that serves as a haven for family members accompanying a loved one in need of medical care. Sisters Joan ... Read More »

Syracuse Playwright Examines I-81’s Impact

‘salt/city/blues’ hones in on racial and class divides created by the highway By Darian Stevenson The Federal-Aid Highway Act, approved by Congress in 1956, authorized more than 41,000 miles of safe, efficient roads that would revolutionize American interstate travel and commerce. But the highway expansion widely scarred America’s urban communities of color, including Syracuse’s own South Side. That’s why Kyle ... Read More »

Skilled Trades Q&A

Trades Teacher: Ebony Farrow By Ashley Kang Advocacy, says Ebony Farrow, is how she got into workforce development. “I’ve been an advocate for as long as I think I could talk,” she says with a laugh. “With the Pathways to Apprenticeship program, I wanted to make sure Syracuse residents had an opportunity to access jobs paying livable wages.” The 11-week, ... Read More »

Spring Issue

The Stand is now a digital first publication. Digital first means content is released into new media channels in preference to traditional ones. This means you may have already seen online the stories featured in our Spring 2022 Print Edition. But it also means, moving forward, that every print edition represents our best stories from the past few months. The ... Read More »

Elks Lodge Reopening, Recruiting for Marching Unit

By Ashley Reeves After more than two years of uncertainty due to the pandemic, the Syracuse Elks Lodge #1104 is now set to re-open and seeks youth to refill the ranks of its award-winning marching unit. As part of an international organization that contributes to its community, Elks Lodge #1104 provides educational programs to local youth, like the marching band, ... Read More »

Going Through Hoops

Book Revisits Epic Game and Life Pre-81 By Jeff Kramer Author M.C. Antil had a problem. He set out to write a local basketball history on the long-defunct Syracuse Parochial League, the colorful 10-team affiliation of Catholic high schools and its outsized contributions to the game. But what happens when — after hundreds of interviews — you come to understand ... Read More »