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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Mayor de Blasio announces new protections for freelancers

Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced one of the first documented protections for freelance workers.

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32BJ supports fast food workers petition, announces candidate endorsements

Monday, 32BJ joined fast food workers at City Hall to deliver 3,000 messages to the New York City Council calling on council members to pass a law enabling industry workers to fund their own nonprofit organization with paycheck deductions.

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Labor leaders, community groups and elected officials demand Trump extend TPS for Haitians

Over the past 10 years, Haiti has dealt with major tropical storms, a major earthquake and a hurricane. They still haven’t recovered. But according to President Donald Trump’s administration, the 50,000 Haitians in America with Temporary Protective Status should head right back to their homeland.

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Ruben Diaz Jr. talks Bronx Week and the borough’s resurgence

This time of year is always important to Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. Not only is it Bronx Week, but also it’s a chance for Diaz to show off his creation.

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NYSUT endorses Brian Benjamin for Senate

The New York State United Teachers announced this week that they have endorsed Brian Benjamin for New York State Senate in the 30th District.

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A cemetery holding Black bodies is in disrepair

Driving through the Richmond Town neighborhood of Staten Island on an uncharacteristically warm spring day might bring you toward Frederick Douglass Memorial Park. Last Friday, like any other day, the front entrance to the African-American cemetery was open, but not because it was day time and a family had just finished burying a loved one.

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First ‘Dreamer’ gets deported, 32BJ responds

San Diego native Juan Manuel Montes Bojorquez, 23, has lived in the United States since he was 9. He said he had a valid permit.

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Washington Heights businesses and livery base owners #ShutItDown on May Day

Elected officials, the New York Immigration Coalition, the Bodega Association and immigrant-run small-business owners used May Day to protest President Donald Trump’s immigration policies and race-based rhetoric.

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De Blasio proposes $84 billion budget, Trump looms over it

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposed budget attempts to combat the Donald Trump administration. De Blasio’s $84 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2018 could be a low estimate considering that the budget for the last fiscal year was $3 billion more than estimated.

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De Blasio announces pre-K expansion proposal for 3-year-olds

Building on universal pre-K, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced 3-K for All: an effort to provide universal pre-K for every 3-year-old regardless of family income.

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