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Assemblywoman Hunter: Anniversary of Ahmaud Arbery’s tragic death highlights need to ban citizen’s arrests

Assemblywoman Pamela Hunter (D-Syracuse) joined activists and communities across the nation in commemorating the one-year anniversary of Ahmaud Arbery’s death at the hands of white perpetrators motivated by racial bias who claimed to be conducting a citizen’s arrest. Assemblywoman Hunter and Sen. Michael Gianaris will soon introduce legislation to ban the citizen’s arrests in New More »

Covid-19 Vaccination: This may be the generational moment of our lifetime that requires we all come together, trust one another and do the right thing

by Tolani Ajagbe, MD Medical Director, Addiction Treatment Services, Chief of Psychiatry Crouse Health As a minority person at Crouse Health, I have been inspired by the efforts of hospital leadership to advance issues related to diversity and inclusion. I’ve been particularly encouraged by  efforts made to ensure all eligible Crouse employees and members of More »

Councilor-at-Large and President Pro Tempore Khalid Bey’s Repose to Mayor Walsh’s State of the City Address 2021

The COVID pandemic has made government operations tough and this year’s State of the City Address was not exempt. Most of my Council colleagues missed at least the first nine (9)minutes of the address, because the links provided did not take us directly to the live feed. Nevertheless, I listened to the Mayor’s address and More »

Syracuse Common Council Democrats Call for The Impeachment of President Donald J. Trump

The Syracuse Common Council respectfully urges the House of Representatives and the United States Senate to impeach and remove President Donald Trump from office immediately. Yesterday, the President spoke at a rally, inciting thousands of his followers by utilizing false rhetoric and misinformation, ultimately leading them to riot and invade the United States Capitol Building. More »

2020 in Review – Activism Matters: City of Syracuse, Syracuse Police Department, and the Commitment to Transparency in Response to Summer Protests

Dashboard created to monitor commitments and corresponding actions provide tangible milestones as negotiated with local area protestors. Hundreds, if not thousands of people took to the streets this summer, demanding police accountability. These protests eventually generated a list of demands, which were presented to the Walsh Administration. The administration agreed to a set of demands, More »