Current Issue

In our current Summer print issue, the cover features local teen rapper Makhai Bailey known as Truth Speaker. Urban Affairs reporter Ryan Raigrodski shares how Bailey finds an outlet through his lyrics to raise awareness on children’s rights.

The Stand Director Ashley Kang contributed a look at a recently published study co-written by Syracuse University addiction experts and anti-violence community workers on what they termed “Street Addiction.” Their paper outlines how the draw to gang culture or street life in similar to the characteristics documented in other studies on behavioral addictions.

Our staff reporter Ashley McBride visited residents at Toomey Abbott Towers to see what steps they are taking in partnership with SUNY Upstate Medical University to improve their health.

And the issue features a preview to an in-depth project done in partnership with The Stand and Newhouse students on why local jobs matter. The semester-long project —  Syracuse Jobs Matter — puts faces and voices to statistics of concentrated poverty in our city.

Pick up a copy of the paper this weekend to see these stories and more, or visit to read the collection of stories influenced by a report from The Century Foundation tracking national data which identified our city as No. 1 in the nation for concentrated poverty among blacks and Hispanics.

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