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.
Lost amid the commemoration of a civil rights icon was his advocacy for labor rights. Some airport workers reminded the world of that this week.
Three well-known retailers are closing stores around the country—and eliminating jobs.
Earlier this month, Walmart received a perfect 100 score on the Human Right Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index. At the same time, the retail giant was settling an LGBT-discrimination lawsuit.
Many New Yorkers were celebrating the increase in state minimum wage beginning Dec. 31, 2016, this week, but incoming President-elect Donald Trump might make their hard-fought victory moot.
Citing accusations of voter suppression tactics and opinions on voter fraud, six civil rights activists occupied Sen. Jeff Sessions’ office in Mobile, Ala. Members of the NAACP and NAACP Alabama State Conference were protesting Sessions’ record on voting rights and criminal justice reform.
The bill had bipartisan support. Activists and advocates from various parts of New York State stood by the bill.
With the cold approaching New York City this weekend, Council Member Jumaane Williams reignited his push to amend the overnight temperatures maintained in residential dwellings.
A product of the Upper East Side, Cornerstone Academy for Social Action Middle School Principal Jamaal Bowman didn’t set out to be an educator.
This Monday, members of the Fight for $15 announced a nationwide work stoppage Nov. 29. Workers around the country want to signal to the incoming Donald Trump administration that they’ll keep fighting for a living wage no matter who is in office.
The struggles of the “heartland” have been well chronicled this election and the president-elect might do little to alleviate the situation.