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.
In a 24-hour span on June 28, 2019, there were five shooting incidents with 7 victims.
“This has been a school year unlike any other, and I want to say thank you to our families, teachers, and staff,” said New York Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza in a message thanking students, teachers and staff.
Another union has made a commitment to assist with the Black Lives Matter movement.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has gone the way of Michael Bloomberg by threatening layoffs of city employees, which is leaving workers on edge.
A construction company denied Hempstead’s Black residents jobs.
Another day, another story of police violence.
On June 16, 1944, 14-year-old South Carolina resident George Stinney Jr. was executed, via electric chair, for the murder of two white girls.
The COVID-19 pandemic sent the world in a tailspin. The loss of jobs. The loss of lives. Employees obligated to travel to work because their job is “essential.”
SEIU has thrown their support behind the Black Lives Matter movement. The union passed a resolution demanding an end to the “War on Black People.”
The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) want Congress to pass the HEROES Act and are using the television airwaves to be heard.