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.
Like Lucy holding the football for Charlie Brown, the Republicans have tricked Democrats into agreeing on a bill without a deal for immigrants and Dreamers, leaving Democrats angry. Labor leaders and pro-immigration activists aren’t happy about it either.
A group of local community activists, labor and legal advocacy leaders sent a letter to U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross urging him to reject a proposal from the Department of Justice that would change the U.S. Census.
It’s taking too long. It’s going too quickly. More facilities aren’t the answer. He’s not protecting inmates. He’s not protecting correction officers.
Politicians from both sides claimed bipartisanship after passing a spending bill, but immigrants are wondering who’s looking out for them.
In 1992, John (not his real name) and his friends were stopped by police while riding around in a car.
A Bus Rapid Transit Planning International report, commissioned by Transportation Alternatives, concluded that the MTA and City Hall’s contingency plan for the L-train shutdown doesn’t suffice.
According to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, 26 school districts in the state are in need of financial assistance.
The day honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has passed, but unions and activists will continue to honor him in February.
With the City of Philadelphia contemplating a program that would provide intravenous drug users a medically supervised place to get high, advocates want New York to follow suit.
The U.S. Census Bureau, under President Donald Trump’s administration, won’t aid requests from the Barack Obama administration to change how the government addresses race and ethnicity.