Fighting on Two Fronts

Personal essay by Elizabeth White; illustration by Samantha Lee I sat on the porch on a warm Sunday summer night, brainstorming story ideas for my summer news reporting class when my phone started ringing. My sister was calling, and she was hysterical. My mom was drunk again. Two weeks before I left for graduate school,…

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Inside Syracuse Cultural Workers, a Publishing Company and Store Dedicated to Activism

Story by Micah Castelo; photos by Randy Plavajka On the edge of the historic Hawley-Green neighborhood sits a commercial building with a narrow green door and raised garden beds. If not for the bright rainbow flag waving proudly from its front façade and the environmentally-friendly posters posted on its  side, your eyes might casually glaze…

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Living Proof: Jordan’s Story of Recovery

Story by Colton Madore In a bedroom scattered in used needles, a young man rummages through the mess trying to find heroin, anxious for another high. He’s out of money to buy more. He finds an old needle he’s used in the past with a little bit of heroin left in it. Weeks earlier, when…

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Behind the Scenes with the Kings and Queens of Trexx, an LGBT+-friendly Syracuse Nightclub

Story by Quinn Gawronski; photos by Jordan Larson and Chelsea Taxter The cluttered dressing room is lit by a few buzzing fluorescent bulbs, the white brick walls bare except for flyers announcing Thursday student night here at Trexx, a gay bar in Syracuse. Foundation, powder, fake eyelashes, and glitter clutter the countertop in front of…

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