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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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Report: 42 percent of workers in the US paid less than $15 an hour

A new report by the National Employment Law Project concluded that 42 percent of workers in the United States are paid less than $15 an hour.

Participatory budget discussions come down the stretch

Participatory budget week begins in New York City, with residents getting to determine what capital project would most improve their neighborhoods.

Consumer Affairs commish updates on latest work

When New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Julie Menin to be the commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, he had two main goals: reduce fines for businesses and educate New Yorkers about their consumer rights.

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Mitchell appointed NYC criminal court judge

Last week, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office announced that Guy Mitchell, who had been serving as an assistant state attorney general in charge of the Harlem-Bronx Regional Office, had been appointed as a criminal court judge.

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Carl Heastie elected new Assembly Speaker

Feb. 4, New York Assemblyman Carl Heastie of the Bronx became the first African-American Assembly speaker in the state’s history.

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Activists rally against ‘broken windows’

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.

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Unions and Eric Garner: Both sides of the fence

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.

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New Yorkers continue to protest Eric Garner decision

“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.

Airport workers join fast-food and home-care workers in fight for $15/hour wage

You can add airport workers to the list of service employees fighting for a “living wage.”

Protests dominate Black Friday across the country

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.

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