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.
Activists have taken the city by storm the past few weeks protesting the lack of indictment of NYPD police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the choking death of Eric Garner.
When the news of NYPD police officer Daniel Pantaleo’s non-indictment in the chokehold death of Eric Garner broke, it sent shockwaves around the country for a variety of reasons, with union leaders among the many voices poking through the noise.
“There was no justice, so there will be disruption,” is the rallying cry of outraged New Yorkers and protestors across the nation and as far as Ireland, Hong Kong and Delhi.
You can add airport workers to the list of service employees fighting for a “living wage.”
In a move that didn’t surprise many, workers and activists around the country used the biggest shopping day of the year to voice their concerns about labor and fair wages.
Airport workers in New York have been fighting for better benefits and a living wage for several years.
With the pending grand jury decision regarding Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in the national news, the suburb of St. Louis can do with some good news.
With the pending grand jury decision re- garding Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in the national news, the suburb of St. Louis can do with some good news.
When Juan Lopez and Juan Lizama went to wash windows on the new One World Trade Center last Wednesday, neither of them thought the day would end with them on local and national news.
The local has gone global, as McDonald’s workers from New York, Chicago and Los Angeles traveled to eight countries on three continents beginning this week to try and enlist fast-food workers, unions and elected officials in support of higher pay and the right to organize.