racial justice

Out of  a need for authentic conversations about issues facing the black community comes a new podcast from WAER, Afro Futures.  Hosts Yusuf Abdul-Qadir and Latavius Murray bring context and nuance to important conversations. The podcast  aims to cover culture, politics, sports, and everything in between from a Black perspective.


As the nation has grappled with a pandemic, the cries for racial and social justice have also grown in solidarity.  On this episode of City Limits: Winds of Change, how are places of higher education responding to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion?  How are they dealing with bias, racial issues and ethnic attacks?  

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The Interstate 81 project is inching closer to action with the anticipation of a public comment period and final environmental impact statement expected this year. Federal and local leaders say they want the project to uplift the Black community members who had their livelihoods ripped from them when the viaduct was first built. 

This is a welcome intention for many in and advocating for the community closest to the viaduct. But before the project breaks ground, community organizers want decision makers to not just acknowledge the harms of the past, but implement targeted policy that will help the community it destroyed. For City Limits, Katie Zilcosky hears from those working to center and amplify the voices of the former 15th Ward.

Syracuse has a lot on its to-do list in the new year. Primarily, the city is trying to find ways to fiscally and physically recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. But they’re also working on police reform, long-standing economic development initiatives, and anticipating progress on the I-81 project.

The calls for racial, social, and economic justice that rang out across the nation and in Central New York are echoing through the halls, offices, and boardrooms of corporate America. Those who work in the diversity, equity, and inclusion, or DEI field have taken notice, and have a renewed sense of purpose to make race part of everyday conversation in the office. In this episode of City Limits: Winds of Change, Scott Willis introduces us to two women who work with company leaders and employees to tackle DEI issues …and who bring personal perspectives to their roles."

One of the reforms Syracuse's People’s Agenda for Policing coalition called for is the removal of police from city schools. They say that security resource officers, commonly referred to as SROs, cause more harm than protection to black and brown students. This call for removal is not a new one, but this time it was propelled by racial justice demonstrations in Syracuse and across the country after multiple killings of Black people by police in 2020. For City Limits, Katie Zilcosky takes a look at what the school board is doing in response and potential alternatives.

In this edition of City Limits: Winds of Change, we begin with how Georgia State University has dramatically narrowed the achievement gap by increasing the graduation rate by 74-percent within 15 years.  Author Andrew Gumbel discusses how the college dramatically turned things around for Black, low-income students.  We’ll then have a look into Syracuse area programs that guide students through school and lead them on a pathway to college or job readiness skills.

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A former Syracuse Parks official is settling into a position to improve relations between Syracuse Police and the community.  The new role comes after summer protests and years of strained interactions with local residents over police conduct. 

With $1 million earmarked for capacity building among black led non-profits in Syracuse, a local foundation now waits to assess the impact of its grant-making.  In this episode of City Limits Winds of Change, we examine how first round grant recipients of the Central New York Community Foundation’s Black Equity and Excellence fund are using their awards to strengthen their operations adapt to the challenges caused by the global pandemic.


Social justice is one of the major issues on the forefront of public discussion in 2020. For many, though, the fight for equality has been taking place for much longer than this year.

“I think there is no finish line when it comes to racial and diversity issues, and social justice issues,” said Dana Harrell.

Harrell, a member of the Syracuse graduating class of 1971, played for the SU football team in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He is best remembered, however, as one of the ‘Syracuse 8.’