Recent News

Perdue, Wilson, Loudermilk Prevail in 2014 Primary Run-off Elections

(APN) ATLANTA -- on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, Georgians voted in the 2014 General Primary Run-off and General Nonpartisan Run-off Elections. STATEWIDE In the U.S. Senate Republican Primary Run-off, David Perdue, cousin of former Gov. Sonny Pe...

Atlanta Council Passes Moore, Norwood Plan to Limit Public Comment Delegations

(APN) ATLANTA -- At the July 07, 2014 Full Council Meeting, a majority of Members of the City Council of Atlanta continued their collective efforts to silence and oppress members of the public, by setting new restrictions on public comment delegat...

Schwall Hears Summary Judgment, Dispossessory Stay in Task Force Lawsuit; Emory’s Complicity Becomes Clearer

(APN) ATLANTA -- Fulton County Superior Court Judge Craig Schwall heard a series of important motions in the cases involving the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless and the numerous co-conspirators who conspired to sabotage the homeless shel...

Better Georgia Steps on GOP’s Last Nerve; Faces Ethics Complaint; Dodges Another

With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale (APN) ATLANTA -- Better Georgia's publicizing on Gov. Nathan Deal's ethics scandals has upset Republican activists to the point that two Georgia Republicans filed ethics charges against the ...

Speaker Decries Israeli Violence as Hostile Takeover, as Protests Escalate (UPDATE 1)

  With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale (APN) DECATUR -- On July 09, 2014, Dr. Jeff Halper, an Israeli in the U.S., spoke at Oakhurst Baptist Church on issues involving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict including home demolitions...

Urgent Care Clinics Keep Popping Up in Atlanta

(APN) ATLANTA -- The number of Urgent Care Centers has been increasing in Atlanta over the past several years, as new options, posing alternatives to primary care, are becoming available for Atlanta consumers.   Dr. Anthony Ferrara, a pioneer ...

Atlanta, ADA Has Converted Millions of School Dollars to Beltline Slush Fund (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA -- An effort to "request and encourage" the Mayor of Atlanta and Atlanta Public Schools (APS) former Interim Superintendent Errol Davis to reach an amicable settlement for the over 20 million dollars owed to APS generated by the Belt...

Fulton County’s Closure of Two Shelters Has Domino Effect (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA -- The struggle to get by for Atlanta’s most vulnerable citizens became more difficult this summer after two emergency homeless shelters serving Atlanta and Fulton County quietly shuttered their doors due to funding cuts to homeless ...

Clayton County Citizens Will Get to Vote on MARTA Penny this November

(APN) JONESBORO -- In an eleventh hour, nail biting, last ditch effort, the Clayton County Board of Commissioners, in a three to one vote, on Saturday, July 05, 2014, agreed to let Clayton citizens decide on the one penny sales tax to fund MARTA s...

Clayton Commission Approves Half-Penny MARTA Referendum, MARTA Requires Full Penny to Join

(APN) JONESBORO -- The Clayton County Board of Commissions met Tuesday night, July 01, 2014, to vote on whether to allow a referendum that would allow Clayton voters to vote on levying either a half penny or a penny sales tax in Clayton County, to...
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Recent Blog Items

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--...

Settlement Amounts Add Up in Gov. Deal Whistleblower Lawsuits

(APN) ATLANTA -- The latest reports on the whistleblower suits against Gov. Nathan Deal have him in full-blown denial and even attempting to revise whistleblowers laws, presumably to keep the embarrassment of getting busted from happening again.  ...

Atlanta Passes Urban Agriculture Zoning Ordinance

(APN) ATLANTA -- With this month's passage of ordinance 14-O-1092, Atlanta's going to start looking a whole lot greener: the new urban agriculture ruling amends current zoning codes, allowing for the growth of market and urban gardens in the city....

Rally Held for Baby Injured by Police Grenade during No-knock Home Invasion

By Betty Couvertier and Matthew Charles Cardinale.  Photographs by Betty Couvertier. (APN) HABERSHAM COUNTY -- On today, Saturday, June 06, 2014, activists from across Georgia converged on Habersham County to rally for an end to the drug war, whos...

USDA Declares Georgia’s Food Stamp Drug Testing Law to be Illegal

(APN) ATLANTA -- We told you so.  As it turns out, State Rep. Greg Morris's (R-Vidalia) House Bill 772--requiring food stamp recipients to be drug tested if a state worker had a so-called “reasonable suspicion” that the recipient might be using dr...

Activists Seek to Expand “Ban the Box” Ex-Prisoner Employment Reform in Georgia

Photograph by Gloria Tatum   (APN) DECATUR -- On Monday, June 02, 2014, activists held an informational meeting at the North Decatur Presbyterian Church regarding so-called “Ban the Box” policies that prohibit certain employers from questioning jo...
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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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