Recent News

Georgia Medical Cannabis Study Committee Holds First Hearing

(APN) ATLANTA -- The first of five hearings of the Georgia Medical Cannabis Joint Study Committee was held at the Georgia State Capitol, on August 27, 2014.   Three expert witnesses were invited to speak: Paige Figi and Matt Cook from Colorado;...

Book Review: Dollar Democracy by Peter Mathews

(APN) ATLANTA -- Dollar Democracy, a new book by Prof. Peter Mathews, examines the role of campaign contributions from wealthy individuals and corporations in subverting the democratic process; and in creating public policy that favors the wealthy...

Interview with Amanda Swafford, Libertarian seeking U.S. Senate Seat

(APN) ATLANTA -- Amanda Swafford is the Libertarian candidate for Georgia’s U.S. Senate seat also being sought by Michelle Nunn, the Democratic nominee, and David Perdue, the Republican nominee.   Prior to this campaign, Swafford was a City Co...

Councilwoman Moore Seeks Study on APD Body Cameras

(APN) ATLANTA -- The shooting of an unarmed teen by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri has spurred the City Council of Atlanta to take action.   On Monday, August 18, 2014, the Council unanimously passed legislation by Councilwom...

Atlantans Spoke Out at EPA Hearing in Favor of Carbon Emissions Limits

(APN) ATLANTA -- The numbers are in.  Atlanta along with Washington, DC, boasted the highest attendance of four national hearings hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in July 2014 to solicit public comments on the historic prop...

Atlanta Development Authority to Push Inclusionary Zoning in Atlanta

With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale (APN) ATLANTA -- At the July 21, 2014 Work Session on Affordable Housing, convened by Atlanta City Councilman Andre Dickens (Post 3-at-large) on behalf of the Community Development/Human Res...

Fulton County’s Authority to Raise Property Tax Heads to Court

(APN) ATLANTA -- In a fight between north Fulton County and Fulton County Government that has been going for many decades, the members of the Fulton County House Republican caucus--plus former State Rep. Ed Lindsey (R-Atlanta)--are suing Fulton Co...

Bozarth Successfully Petitions onto Ballot in State House Race

(APN) ATLANTA -- Bill Bozarth, the former executive director of Common Cause Georgia, has successfully used Georgia’s five percent petition law to get on the ballot in the State House District 54 race.   Jared Thomas, a spokesman for Secretary...

Occupy Our Homes Activists Avoid Jail Sentences, for Now

By Ben Smith, Special to The Atlanta Progressive News.  Photograph by Steve Eberhardt. (APN) DECATUR -- On Friday, August 08, 2014, the trial of the “Avondale 4” came to a close after the jury failed to reach verdict, thereby forcing DeKalb Cou...

Judge Allows Eviction Proceedings in Task Force Lawsuit, but Only in Superior Court

(APN) ATLANTA -- On Friday, August 08, 2014, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Craig Schwall issued an order lifting the stay of dispossessory, allowing Premium Funding Solutions (PFS) to pursue dispossessory proceedings against the Metro Atlanta...
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Recent Blog Items

New Mature Trees Planted at Buckhead Atlanta Development

By A. Scott Walton, Special to The Atlanta Progressive News   (APN) ATLANTA -- The brand new Buckhead Atlanta mixed-use development is set to feature a substantial planting of new, mature trees.   The swooping cranes that languished in states ...

Perdue, Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, Has Troubling Business Background

(APN) ATLANTA -- David Perdue, Georgia’s Republican nominee for U.S. Senate and cousin of former Governor Sonny Perdue, is an extremist right-wing politician who would add to the current obstructionism of the U.S. Senate, and has a troubling busin...

Gov. Deal's Office Removed Executive Orders from Website

(APN) ATLANTA -- On or around August 06, 2014, the Sunlight Foundation, a think tank in Washington, D.C., discovered that Gov. Nathan Deal’s office has been removing executive orders from their website. The Sunlight Foundation is a “nonpart...

Atlanta Beltline Displaces Community Garden in Southwest Atlanta

By Anna Simonton, Special to The Atlanta Progressive News   (APN) ATLANTA -- Shawn Deangelo Walton left a meeting with BeltLine officials on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, with little recourse other than to comply with their demands.  The urban gardener ...

Jewish Voice for Peace Holds “Not in Our Name” Vigil

(APN) ATLANTA -- On Thursday, July 24, 2014, Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) held a prayer vigil to honor the Palestinians and Israelis killed as a result of Israel's ongoing Operation Protective Edge.  Seventy people dressed in black lined the sidew...

LaBerge Memo Raises Questions about Deal’s Interference with Ethics Office

(APN) ATLANTA -- In a new twist in the Gov. Nathan Deal ethics scandal, Holly LaBerge, Executive Secretary of the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission--who initially was seen as a main player in keeping any investigation...

Activists Speak Out against Importing German Nuclear Waste to Savannah River Site, at Hearing

(APN) AUGUSTA -- The U.S. Department of Energy held a hearing at the North Augusta Community Center on June 24, 2014, regarding a proposal to import nuclear waste from Germany to be stored at Savannah River Site (SRS).   APN previously reporte...

Candidate for DeKalb Sheriff Promises Eviction Moratorium

By Anna Simonton, Special to the Atlanta Progressive News   (APN) DEKALB COUNTY -- Dekalb County residents facing eviction might have some reprieve, depending on the results of next week’s runoff election for Dekalb County Sheriff.   Candidate...

Don't bake your kid! Tips on How to Remember There’s a Child in your Car

(APN) ATLANTA -- The case of Justin Harris in Marietta, Georgia, has parents exclaiming nationwide, “I could never in a million years do that to my child!”   Online, those with children have also seemed to take an odd comfort in the felony mu...

Fast Food Workers Claim Retaliation after Wage Protests

(APN) ATLANTA -- Some Atlanta fast-food workers who added their voices to a strike for a 15 dollars per hour wage, and the right to form a union without retaliation, that swept 150 U.S. cities--with counterpart protests in 33 countries worldwide--...
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Recent Videos

Fulton Commissioner-Elect: I want to be the last Commissioner from North Fulton

See 13:00 minute point in the video for Fulton Commissioner-Elect's statement about his desire to dismantle Fulton County.

Georgians Express Opposition to Extreme Gun Bill, HB 875

By Judy Conder, Staff Videographer; Video sponsored by Atlanta Progressive News

Rev. Barber Speaks at Georgia's First Moral Monday

Video by Judy Conder, via Judy Conder Youtube Channel

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Recent OpEds

A Progressive Critique of Efforts to Repeal Stand Your Ground

By Johnny Walking Drum Atlanta Progressive News reported an ignominious act perpetrated by our government to curtail Moral Monday protesters' liberties in a redress of grievance at the Georgia Capitol building in downtown Atlanta.  The Moral Mond...

State Rep. John Carson (R-Marietta) Calls for Fractional SPLOST Legislation

By State Rep. John Carson (R-Marietta) I firmly believe in reducing the tax burden on our citizens and increasing accountability in government.  This is exactly why I am sponsoring legislation that will allow Georgia’s counties to collect a sal...

EDITORIAL: Race, Poverty, and Nonprofits in Atlanta, a Devastating Critique

(APN) ATLANTA -- How is it that in Atlanta, Georgia, the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement, the powers of corporate wealth and the bourgeoisie have managed to destroy public housing, decimate low-income communities, privatize public school...

EDITORIAL: Our Civil Liberties Are in Grave Danger

(APN) ATLANTA -- One of the most salient questions of contemporary political science has been how Germany--a democracy with so much promise--devolved so quickly into a fascist totalitarian dictatorship in the years before World War Two.   In th...

Issues for 2013

  Issues for 2013 1. Education Georgia public schools have a high school graduation rate of 67.5%, the third worst in the nation. Yet the cost per public school student, $10,587, is nearly $1,000 more than the national average. Charter schools can...

First Person: Occupying Our Homes, Fighting Foreclosures

By Robert Derenthal, Occupy Atlanta With a staggering number of homes being foreclosed upon this year and the millions of families facing homelessness, one would hope a grassroots resistance against the epidemic of foreclosures would spring up.  W...

Open Letter to Council: Disclose Your Secret Vote, The Time Has Come

  Open Letter to Council: Disclose Your Secret Vote, The Time Has Come Dear Council Members, It has been nearly one month since the Supreme Court of Georgia ruled in my favor in the case of Cardinale v. City of Atlanta (2010CV185775 in Fulton  Cou...

Letter to President Obama on the Egyptian People and Government

Open Letter to President Obama,   President Obama, how much longer are you going to sit on the fence and watch the Egyptian people suffer and their economy destroyed?  Mubarak needs to leave now - not later.  I urge you to withdraw US financial...

Atlanta Should End Suspicionless Roadblocks

Atlanta Ophthalmology Milan Eye Center #### By Joe Williams The following remarks were made by Mr. Williams regarding Suspicionless Roadblocks before the Public Safety/Legal Administration Committee Meeting of the City Council of Atlanta; on Tuesd...

Tax Reform Council Has Some Good Ideas, Grocery Tax Not One of Them

By Sarah Beth Gehl, Deputy Director, Georgia Budget and Policy Institute #### The Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness took a swing at fixing Georgia’s outdated tax system and hit a triple. The Council’s recommendations would help align Geor...
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