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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AMERICAN HERO: Eugene Goodman defends the Capitol

He’s been a U.S. Capitol Police officer for a decade. He served in Iraq. He also might’ve saved the lives of dozens of elected officials.

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Recent actions leave some questioning mayoral control of schools

With the muddled roll out, stop and start nature of the 2020-21 school year, some are beginning to question whether New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio should have control of the city’s schools.

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Unions gear up for vaccinations

Many frontline workers are union members and the end of 2020/beginning of 2021 marks their turn in line for COVID-19 vaccinations.

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Ralph McDaniels looks to preserve Video Music Box’s legacy online

“So much of our culture has been lost over the years, because someone just threw it away,” said Ralph McDaniels to the AmNews.

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Evangeline Byars wants to break up old boys club at TWU Local 100

“I’m not willing to give up,” Evangeline Byars told the AmNews during a phone conversation. “I move a little differently because I focus more on people who are actually able to do the job and are committed to putting workers first.

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Housing Works employees join RWDSU

Housing Works employees gave themselves a late Christmas present last week.

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Coalition to Cuomo: Restore voting rights for incarcerated people now

A coalition wants Albany to focus on adding the formerly incarcerated to the voter rolls. Last week 40 groups sent a letter to New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo, State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie urging them to pass Senate Bill S1931 during the 2021 sessions that would automatically restore voting rights to all New Yorkers who have been released from prison.

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Tommy “Tiny” Lister, dead at 62

Tommy “Tiny” Lister, well known for his roles as Deebo in “Friday” and President Lindberg in “The Fifth Element,” died Dec. 10, 2020 in his Marina del Rey, CA. home.

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Eviction victory: Albany extends moratorium

Tenants in New York City can breathe a sigh of relief…for about four months.

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Unions seek outside COVID relief and look within

Labor unions are looking to fend for themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic, but that doesn’t mean they want help.

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