Stephon Johnson

Stephon Johnson has been a staff writer for the Amsterdam News since 2009 where he covers news, politics, union issues, art & entertainment and sports. Beginning as a stringer in 2007, he's covered events as diverse as the MLB All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium and Occupy Wall Street rallies in lower Manhattan's Financial District. Johnson was born and raised in The Bronx and currently calls Queens home.

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Newark Airport workers rally on MLK Day

Lost amid the commemoration of a civil rights icon was his advocacy for labor rights. Some airport workers reminded the world of that this week.

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Macy’s and Sears Holdings to close a combined 226 stores

Three well-known retailers are closing stores around the country—and eliminating jobs.

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Walmart settles LGBT-discrimination lawsuit

Earlier this month, Walmart received a perfect 100 score on the Human Right Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index. At the same time, the retail giant was settling an LGBT-discrimination lawsuit.

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NYers look forward to minimum wage, but larger fight looms

Many New Yorkers were celebrating the increase in state minimum wage beginning Dec. 31, 2016, this week, but incoming President-elect Donald Trump might make their hard-fought victory moot.

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NAACP members and activists arrested for sit-in in Alabama

Citing accusations of voter suppression tactics and opinions on voter fraud, six civil rights activists occupied Sen. Jeff Sessions’ office in Mobile, Ala. Members of the NAACP and NAACP Alabama State Conference were protesting Sessions’ record on voting rights and criminal justice reform.

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Cuomo: Make bipartisan public defense reform cheaper

The bill had bipartisan support. Activists and advocates from various parts of New York State stood by the bill.

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Jumaane Williams’ message to the city: Keep New York residents warm

With the cold approaching New York City this weekend, Council Member Jumaane Williams reignited his push to amend the overnight temperatures maintained in residential dwellings.

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Jamaal Bowman stumbled into education and doesn’t regret it

A product of the Upper East Side, Cornerstone Academy for Social Action Middle School Principal Jamaal Bowman didn’t set out to be an educator.

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Fight for $15 to strike Nov. 29

This Monday, members of the Fight for $15 announced a nationwide work stoppage Nov. 29. Workers around the country want to signal to the incoming Donald Trump administration that they’ll keep fighting for a living wage no matter who is in office.

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Trump and the ‘working hungry’

The struggles of the “heartland” have been well chronicled this election and the president-elect might do little to alleviate the situation.

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