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Stephon Johnson

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Up those numbers: The lack of Black and Brown students at specialized high schools

Diversity has long been an issue with specialized high schools.

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Verdict in shooting of Deborah Danner draws anger and sadness

Another day, another member of the NYPD acquitted of shooting a Black New Yorker.

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Locally and nationally, immigrants are being shoved aside

Politicians from both sides claimed bipartisanship after passing a spending bill, but immigrants are wondering who’s looking out for them.

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Advocates demand Labor Department allow workers to keep their tips

A new proposal by President Donald Trump’s administration would allow employers to have access to their workers’ pooled tips.

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To prosecute or not prosecute fare evaders

The mayor, the police commissioner, the district attorney, the MTA chairman and straphangers have brought the debate over fare evasion to the forefront again.

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UFT members at Visiting Nurse Service approve new contract

In the age of Donald Trump, unions should celebrate every victory big and small. United Federation of Teachers members at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York have a reason to celebrate.

Survey shows pressure teachers face to change grades and attendance

A survey by a teachers’ union and an organization devoted to empowering teachers concludes that teachers are pressured by administrators to make their schools look good.

NYSUT: DiNapoli’s report shows need to fully fund public schools

According to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, 26 school districts in the state are in need of financial assistance.

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Lakiesha Johnson fought and won

“I love who I’ve been and I love who I’m going to be,” said Lakeisha Johnson.

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Survey shows pressure teachers face to change grades and attendance

A survey by a teachers’ union and an organization devoted to empowering teachers concludes that teachers are pressured by administrators to make their schools look good.

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‘A Long Way From Home’ doc showcases Black baseball players’ perseverance

The tale of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier and ringing in an age when talent could triumph has been well chronicled. But what about the baseball players of color that immediately followed him? What about their stories?

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Schneiderman takes car wash to court over wage theft

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is taking the owners of a Brooklyn-based car wash to court over accusations of wage theft.

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De Blasio, Cuomo and MTA battle over financing (again)

“Under the 2015-2019 capital plan, New York City Transit receives 51 percent, and when you throw MTA buses in it, it’s 62 percent,” said Metropolitan Transit Authority Chairman Joe Lhota during a Tuesday conference call.

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Airport workers take to Newark Airport to call for good jobs

On Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 600 airport workers took to Newark Airport to call for good jobs and a living wage.

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New cancer treatment facility to open in East Harlem

New York State doesn’t have an advanced cancer treatment facility. That changes in 2019.

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A granddaughter of a slave is on the front lines of the opioid epidemic

Running a methadone clinic downtown and your own medical practice uptown would stretch thin even the best people in the field. But for 91-year-old Melissa Freeman, it’s effortless.

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NLRB certifies Columbia graduate workers union

Before 2018 came around, the National Labor Relations Board offered Columbia University graduate workers a Christmas present.

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32BJ, others rip Trump for ending TPS for El Salvadorans

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security confirmed today that it’s ending Temporary Protected Status for 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants.

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The first step: de Blasio announces Rikers Island jail closure

A “major step” toward shuttering Rikers Island will come this summer as the George Motchan Detention Center (GMDC), which houses about 600 men, will become the complex’s first jail to close.

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Khari Noerdlinger’s lawyers: We’ll sue prosecutor over misconduct

Khari Noerdlinger’s attorneys announced that they will sue a New Jersey prosecutor for misconduct after their client was cleared of manslaughter charges in September.

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Erica Garner in a medically induced coma after heart attack

The oldest daughter of a New York City man killed by a police chokehold has been hospitalized in critical condition after suffering a heart attack.

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Three Women’s March figures endorse Williams for Council speaker

Although he’s not considered a front-runner for the seat, New York City Council Member Jumaane Williams got a significant endorsement for Council speaker.

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Voices cry for Cuomo to sign ‘Lavern’s Law’

A bill that could potentially save New York patients some pain is sitting on the governor’s desk not signed.

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Study: Public schools aren’t participating in family/community engagement

A new study conducted by Rice University suggests that “family and community engagement” were the biggest drivers of a parent’s satisfaction with their child’s school.

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Skyhorse employees look to the NLRB to help unionize

Employees at an independently owned, Manhattan-based publisher have filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board to request an election to vote for unionization.

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EMS unions claim discrimination, demand city hand over payroll records

“Ever since the EMS became part of the fire department in 1996, the bureau hasn’t been recognized as the uniform service it is,” said Yetta Kurland of The Kurland Group and attorney for Locals 2507 and 3621 to the AmNews.

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Diabetes center opens in the South Bronx

Right off “The Hub” shopping area at East 148th Street and Third Avenue, the Diabetes Relief Center’s South Bronx location finds itself in ground zero of the epidemic.

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Labor and activists celebrate pushback against constitutional convention

Last week, New York State voters roundly rejected a constitutional convention, fearing the deep pockets of big business influencing Albany more than ever.

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Study: White men are overrepresented in politics

A new report by an organization focused on democratic representation revealed something others have felt for a while: how little nonwhites are represented in American government.

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DNAInfo NY and Gothamist shut down; employees fight back

Local journalism was dealt another blow last week when DNAInfo and Gothamist were shut down by their billionaire owner.

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Virginia is for (Dem) lovers

Democrats saw victories across the country as the progressive backlash to the 2016 presidential election proved to be a guiding force. One of the biggest examples of this happened in the state of Virginia.

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Two cops suspended and charged with rape

Two detectives working in Brooklyn have been suspended after being charged for sexual misconduct.

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Jemele Hill suspended by ESPN, activists cry foul

ESPN’s co-host of SportsCenter and commentator Jemele Hill finds herself in yet another controversy. The network suspended Hill for two weeks Monday after violating their social media policy a second time.

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32BJ announce endorsements, DC37 champions primary victory for candidates

Late last week, 32BJ SEIU announced its endorsement of candidates in Long Island elections.

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Comptroller Stringer’s report: Sex education in NYC public schools ‘inadequate’

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer said that the children need to learn more about the birds and the bees.

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Former NY Gov. candidate Paladino removed from Buffalo school board

Former New York State gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino’s out as a member of the Buffalo Board of Education.

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UFT follows AQE’s lead, sends letter opposing SUNY charter regulations

The United Federations of Teachers took the State University of New York’s board of trustees to task for its proposal to lower teacher qualifications for SUNY-authorized charter schools.

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RWDSU praises Sheila Oliver as candidate for NJ lieutenant governor

Two presidents of locals RWDSU chapters in New Jersey heaped praised on gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy’s new running mate.

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NYSNA, 1199, advocates and politicians denounce Senate health care vote

Tuesday, the U.S. Senate voted in favor of the motion to proceed with debate on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

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Ruben Wills guilty of corruption

A jury found New York City Council Member Ruben Wills guilty on five counts in a corruption trial.

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AFL-CIO verbally attacks Trump’s NLRB nominees

President Donald Trump’s nominees for the National Labor Relations Board have met the ire of the AFL-CIO.

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Graduate workers continue to organize on NY campuses

Summer classes dominating college campuses across New York City and fewer students around than normal haven’t stopped graduate workers from organizing.

De Blasio signs on to expand charter schools

After Albany granted him a two-year extension on mayoral control of public schools, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio decided to repay with a favor to the charter schools.

Pleasure Chest workers vote to join RWDSU

Fast food workers aren’t the only ones who’ve wanted to organize.

Minneapolis City Council passes $15 minimum wage

Right before the July Fourth holiday, thousands of Minneapolis workers got a welcomed treat.

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Attorney generals sue Department of Education for abandoning student protections

Eighteen state attorneys general, and one from the District of Columbia, have taken their grievances with Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education to court.

Activists demand no uncertified teachers to go to charters

Educational activists and teachers’ unions have battled, ideologically, with charter schools most of the decade. The Alliance for Quality Education has now found a new battle to fight.

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Unions, activists and elected officials to GOP: don’t take away our health care

Last month, before the U.S. Senate decided to punt on a health care vote, union leaders, elected officials and activists gathered in Capitol Hill demanding that the government save health care.

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‘Exercise leadership!’ #CLOSErikers takes protest to de Blasio

As New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio exited the YMCA last Friday, protesters greeted him with chants of “Exercise leadership! Ten years sucks!” The #CLOSErikers campaign was determined to be heard one way or another.

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Albany grants de Blasio two more years of mayoral control of schools

Last Thursday, the New York State Senate finally gave Bill de Blasio what he wanted: mayoral control of schools.

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