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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...

Councilwoman Winslow Faces Fourth Ethics Investigation, Talk of Possible Removal

(APN) ATLANTA -- The City of Atlanta Ethics Office is again investigating Atlanta City Councilwoman Cleta Winslow (District 4), Atlanta Progressive News has learned.  The Ethics Office says the investigation is complex, document-driven, and unlike...

AJC Politifact Attempts to Spin Away Centrist Voting Records

(APN) ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper’s Politifact section, which features a purported “Truth-o-meter,” has in recent months, functioned more as a “Spin-o-meter” when it comes to candidates’ voting records.   In two specif...

Virginia “Ginny” Looney, 1952-2014, ¡Presente!

(APN) ATLANTA -- Virginia “Ginny” Lucile Looney, the first ethics officer for the City of Atlanta, and passionate advocate for transparency in government, passed away Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at the age of 61 after a five-year battle with ovarian...

Hunger Strike at Stewart Detention Ends in Pepper Spray, Lock Down

(APN) ATLANTA -- Hundreds of Inmates at Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia staged a hunger strike because of deplorable conditions at the Center.   It began last week when inmates refused to eat spoiled food with maggots in the beans and...

National Civil and Human Rights Museum Opens in Atlanta

(APN) ATLANTA -- Earlier this week, Atlanta’s new National Civil and Human Rights Museum opened to the public.  The museum is located at 100 Ivan Allen Jr., Boulevard, between the World of Coca-Cola museum and the Georgia Aquarium.  The land was d...

Hearing on Dispossessory Scheduled in Homeless Task Force Lawsuit

(APN) ATLANTA -- In yet another abrupt about-face from Fulton County Superior Court Judge Craig Schwall, the judge has ordered a July 11, 2014 hearing to reconsider whether to grant leave for Premium Funding Solutions (PFS) to seek a dispossessory...

Pink Pony, Brookhaven Argue before Georgia Supreme Court

(APN) ATLANTA -- On June 02, 2014, the Supreme Court of Georgia heard oral arguments in the case of the City of Brookhaven v. Trop. Inc. doing business as The Pink Pony, on whether the Pink Pony Adult Club could continue regular business, in light...

Proposed new EPA Clean Power Plan Rule Could Impact Georgia’s Mix

(APN) ATLANTA -- The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan Draft Rule released earlier this month, on June 02, 2014, could have major implications in Georgia’s energy portfolio. Environmental and public interest groups acros...

Suspension Recommended in John Woodham State Bar Case

By Meghan Simons, Special to The Atlanta Progressive News (APN) ATLANTA -- Two recommendations--one for a suspension of three months and one for a suspension of six months--have been issued in the disciplinary proceedings against prominent Atlanta...

Judge Recommends Rep. Tyrone Brooks’s Indictment Should Stand

(APN) ATLANTA -- United States Magistrate Judge E. Clayton Scofield III has recommended that the motion by State Rep. Tyrone Brooks (D-Atlanta) to dismiss his indictment, in the case of USA v. Brooks, should be denied, according to documents obtai...

Savannah River Site Becoming World’s Nuclear Dumping Ground, despite Safety Risks

(APN) ATLANTA -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is close to finalizing plans to accept highly radioactive commercial spent nuclear fuel from Germany to be deposited at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina, according to news reports...

Atlanta Council Votes to Allow ADA to Sell Civic Center

With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale, News Editor. (APN) ATLANTA -- At the June 02, 2014 Full Council Meeting of the City Council of Atlanta, a majority of Councilmembers approved legislation granting the Atlanta Development Au...

Growth of Atlanta’s Buckhead Community Brings Traffic Concerns

(APN) ATLANTA -- The population of Atlanta’s Buckhead community is quickly growing, and numerous housing and retail projects are coming online to meet the demand; however, for some homeowners and small business owners, traffic is becoming a bit of...

Georgia Presidential Ballot Access Case Returns to District Court

(APN) ATLANTA -- A lawsuit brought by the Green Party of Georgia and the Constitution Party of Georgia challenging the State of Georgia’s ballot access requirements is back in federal court, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   The lawsuit ...

Clark Atlanta Objects to Morris Brown College Land Sale (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA -- Clark Atlanta University (CAU) is objecting to a proposed sale of a large portion of Morris Brown College’s campus--a proposed sale of all but three buildings--in bankruptcy proceedings, to the Atlanta Development Authority (nickn...

Atlanta Council Prepares to Throw Away Civic Center, despite Thousands Displaced

(APN) ATLANTA -- In what is likely to be another near-giveaway of taxpayer-owned property to developers, with no conditions attached, the City Council of Atlanta is set to vote on ordinance 14-O-1191, presented by Councilman Kwanza Hall (District ...

Georgia Power Seeks EPD Approval to Further Drain Savannah River

(APN) WAYNESBORO -- The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) is debating a request from Southern Company for the rights to take 74 million gallons of water per day from the Savannah River to cool two new nuclear reactors that Georgia Po...

Georgia 2014 Primary Elections Results Part Two: State House and Senate

(APN) ATLANTA -- In our continuing coverage of Georgia’s 2014 elections, Atlanta Progressive News is providing this overview of the results of the Primary and Nonpartisan Elections held on May 20, 2014.   Previously, we published Part One, whic...

Arianna Sikes, 1979-2014, !Presente!

(APN) ATLANTA -- Arianna Sikes, who served as a Policy Advisor and Senior Council Aide to Atlanta City Councilwoman Cleta Winslow (District 4), was found to have passed away on yesterday, May 24, 2014.  She was described as a “breath of fresh air”...

Georgia 2014 Primary Elections Results Part One: Statewide, U.S. House, Judicial, Fulton County

(APN) ATLANTA -- Georgia’s Primary and Non-partisan Elections were held on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.  This overview presents the results in statewide, U.S. House, and Fulton County Commission primary races; and non-partisan judicial races.   Geor...

Clayton County May Set Binding Vote on Joining MARTA (UPDATE 1)

UPDATE 1: This article has been corrected to reflect that the referendum must occur this year and cannot occur in 2015 or 2016 under current state law.   (APN) ATLANTA -- With the passage of House Bill 1009 in the State legislature this year--givi...

FULL TIMELINE: APD Officer Rabb’s Disciplinary History

By Meghan Simons, Special to The Atlanta Progressive News January 16, 2005: Sgt. B.F. Jones began an investigation after Moori Rahman reported an incident involving Officer Rabb when he was off-duty.  The incident was summarized by Sgt. A.L. Le...

APD Officer Still on Duty after Numerous Shocking Offenses, Records Show

Research by Meghan Simons, Special to The Atlanta Progressive News (APN) ATLANTA -- Officer Edward Rabb is still on duty with the Atlanta Police Department (APD), despite a disciplinary file of at least 735 pages, Atlanta Progressive News has l...

Activists Walk Across Georgia in Critique of Drones

(APN) FORT BENNING, Georgia -- On May 03, 2014, activists concluded the Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition’s (GPJC) Right to Peace Walk, to bring attention to militarism and drone development in Georgia.   The 120-mile walk had begun eight da...

APN 2014 Endorsements Pt 2: Wilson, Pitts, Darnell/Edwards, Muhammad, Robertson, Mann, Decline/SOS, Decline/HD 58

(APN) ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Progressive News Board of Directors has made selections for the Georgia 2014 Primary and Non-partisan Election. On May 06, 2014, we announced our initial list of endorsements, which including: State Sen. Jason Carte...

Michelle Nunn Sides with Scalia on Voting Rights Act

By Melissa Cruz, Special to The Atlanta Progressive News (APN) ATLANTA -- Michelle Nunn, candidate for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, has once again taken up a position that seemingly panders to a traditionally right-wing baseline.   ...

Former State Rep. Yasmin Neal Candidate Questionnaire

(APN) ATLANTA -- Former State Rep. Yasmin Neal (D-Jonesboro), who represented District 75 from 2011 to 2012, is currently running for State House District 74, a seat currently held by State Rep. Valencia Stovall (D-Ellenwood).   Rep. Neal lost...

APN Releases Fulton County Commission Scorecard for 2014

(APN) ATLANTA -- With big changes in store for the Fulton County Commission pending the outcome of the 2014 elections, Atlanta Progressive News reviewed nearly nine years of coverage of the Commission from the APN archives to develop a Fulton Coun...

Interviews with Candidates for Secretary of State, Gerald Beckum and Doreen Carter

With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.   (APN) ATLANTA -- In our continuing coverage of Georgia’s 2014 Primary Election, we interviewed Mayor Gerald Beckum and Doreen Carter, candidates for the Democratic nomination for Secretary ...

Rep. Bell, Erica Long Responses to HD58 Questionnaire

(APN) ATLANTA -- In our continuing coverage of Georgia’s 2014 Primary Elections, Atlanta Progressive News submitted candidate questionnaires to State Rep. Simone Bell (D-Atlanta) and Erica Long, who are each seeking the Democratic nomination for S...

APN Interview with Valarie Wilson, Candidate for State School Superintendent

(APN) ATLANTA -- In our continuing coverage of Georgia’s 2014 Primary Elections, Atlanta Progressive News interviewed Valarie Wilson, candidate for the Democratic nomination for State School Superintendent.   Wilson brings to her candidacy ove...

APN 2014 Endorsements: Miles, Decline/GA-4, Carter, Orrock, Williams

(APN) ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Progressive News has approved five endorsements for the 2014 early Primary Election; APN hopes to make endorsements in additional Primary races next week. The 2014 endorsements are: former State Sen. Steen Miles (D-...

John Judge, 1947-2014, !Presente! (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA -- John Patrick Judge, an activist and historian who studied covert government operations and political assassination theories, and who worked as an aide for U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) and later on her 2008 campaign as the Gre...

Michelle Nunn Seeks Funding for Dangerous Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA -- In a move that once again raises questions about why Michelle Nunn is even seeking the Democratic Party nomination as a U.S. Senate candidate, Nunn has again aligned herself with Republicans, this time in opposing President Barack...

Republicans Block Vote on $10.10 Minimum Wage in U.S. Senate

By Cheryl Courtney-Evans, Special to The Atlanta Progressive News.  Photograph courtesy of Americans United for Change. (APN) ATLANTA -- During a noontime vote in the U.S. Senate yesterday, Wednesday, April 30, 2014, a vast majority of Senate Re...

APN Issues Legislature Scorecard for Metro Atlanta for 2014

(APN) ATLANTA -- Atlanta Progressive News has compiled a legislative scorecard for State Representatives and State Senators representing areas wholly or partially in Fulton and/or DeKalb Counties. The Scorecard is available as a Google Spreadshee...

US Rep. Hank Johnson, NSA Apologist, Faces Challenger

(APN) ATLANTA -- US Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA), the Democratic Congressman for Georgia’s fourth U.S. Congressional District since 2007, is facing a Primary opponent, Tom Brown, former Sheriff of DeKalb County.   Despite participating in previous...

Elmo James, 1943-2014, !Presente!

(APN) ATLANTA -- Elmo James, Jr.,  a labor organizer, businessman, and husband of State Sen. Donzella James (D-Atlanta), passed away on April 14, 2014, from complications from double pneumonia and renal failure.   It was standing room only at ...

APN Interviews with Sen. Orrock and Angela Stovall, Primary Challenger

(APN) ATLANTA -- In our continuing coverage of the Democratic Primary, Atlanta Progressive News interviewed State Sen. Nan Orrock (D-Atlanta) and Angela Stovall, who are running for the Democratic nomination for the State Senate District 36 seat. ...

Atlanta City Officials Pursue Leasing City Land for Solar Farms

(APN) ATLANTA -- The City of Atlanta is seeking to team up with Georgia Power on a potential project that could turn closed city-owned landfills and additional land at the airport into solar farms. Under a proposed agreement, the City would lea...

Georgia Prisons Face Crisis of Inmate Violence: 32 Deaths in Four Years

(APN) ATLANTA -- The Southern Center for Human Right (SCHR) and State Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta) held a legislative hearing, on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at the State Capitol, on the increase of violence and violent deaths in the Georgia prison...

Possible Bribery of Atlanta Official Seen in Special Master’s Ruling in Task Force Lawsuit

(APN) ATLANTA -- A former Atlanta City Councilwoman who served as a Policy Advisor to then-Mayor Shirley Franklin may have accepted a bribe to help carry out a conspiracy by downtown business interests to attempt to sabotage the Metro Atlanta Ta...

Whistleblower Verdict for Kalbermann Exposes Gov. Deal on Ethics (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA -- Last Friday’s jury verdict in favor whistleblower Stacey Kalbermann, former Executive Secretary of the Georgia State Ethics Commission, may be the first crack in the dam that Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, built for himself whe...

Moral Monday Activists Attempt to Deliver Petitions to Gov. Deal on Medicaid Expansion

(APN) ATLANTA -- On Monday, April 07, 2014, Moral Monday took to the street on exclusive West Paces Ferry Road, across from the Governor's Mansion.  Their mission was to deliver fifty thousand signed petitions from Georgia citizens calling for the...

2014 Georgia Legislative Session Wrap-up (UPDATE 1)

    (APN) ATLANTA -- Once again, it was not exactly a banner year for progressive legislation down at the Georgia General Assembly.  Atlanta Progressive News followed the General Assembly in depth this year, including coverage of several bills...

ANALYSIS: How Atlanta Displaces Black Families for Short-Term Projects

Aerial photographs courtesy of Georgia State University Library Blog.   (APN) ATLANTA -- In the 1960s, the City of Atlanta, through legal and political maneuvers, displaced thousands of Black families in the former neighborhood Buttermilk Bottom...

Mike Ritter, 1965-2014, !Presente!

With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.  Photographs courtesy of Justin Ziegler.  Cartoons courtesy of GA Voice.   (APN) ATLANTA -- Mike Ritter, art director of the GA Voice magazine; an award-winning editorial cartoonist; and L...

2014 Election Qualifying Wrap-Up Part 3: Judicial, Fulton County Races

(APN) ATLANTA -- Candidate qualifying for Primary Elections and Nonpartisan Elections [such as judicial races] was held on March 03 through March 07, 2014.  Many candidates qualified for a variety of seats.   This article is the third in a thre...

Ninth Moral Monday Focused on Voting Rights Act

(APN) ATLANTA -- On the ninth Moral Monday in Georgia, held on Monday, March 20, 2014, over three hundred people crowded in the rotunda of the State Capitol to hear leaders in the civil rights movement and others explain the Voting Rights Act (V...

Medical Cannabis Bill Fails to Pass Georgia Legislature

(APN) ATLANTA -- On Thursday, March 20, 2014, the last day of the Georgia General Assembly, the medicinal cannabis oil bill, HB 885, failed when the Assembly adjourned for the Session without passing the bill. The night was filled with hope for...

Special Master Sees Possible Torts in Homeless Task Force Lawsuit

(APN) ATLANTA -- Special Master Frank Strickland, who was appointed to make conclusions of fact and law, and recommendations, to Fulton County Superior Court Judge Craig Schwall in the lawsuits concerning the business community and City of Atlan...

No City of Lakeside Referendum This Year, as Proposal Fails in Legislature

(APN) ATLANTA -- After a forced compromise with proponents for a City of Tucker, SB 270 has been tabled by State Rep. John Meadows (R-Calhoun) in the House Committee on Governmental Affairs. At the beginning of the Session, it seemed that Lake...

39 Arrested in Moral Monday Protest for Medicaid Expansion in Georgia

  Photographs by Gloria Tatum.   (APN) ATLANTA -- On the ninth Moral Monday Georgia action day at the state capitol, although held on a Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 39 people were arrested inside the Georgia Capitol protesting Gov. Deal and the Legisl...

Catalyzed by a Photographer’s Op-Ed, MLK Statue for Gold Dome Nears Final Approval (UPDATE 1)

By Arit Essien, Special to The Atlanta Progressive News. Photograph courtesy of Sekondi Landry.   (APN ATLANTA -- In a move that will bring the State of Georgia closer to honoring the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. only ste...

(IPS) For Parents of Sick Children, It’s Move or Break the Law

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/03/parents-sick-children-move-break-law/ SPOKANE, Washington, Mar 14 2014 (IPS) - Beth Collins recently picked up and moved from Virginia to Colorado, b...

Michelle Nunn Faces Criticism from Progressives and Republicans Alike

(APN) ATLANTA -- Michelle Nunn, the centrist candidate seeking the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in Georgia, is facing severe criticism from progressive Democrats and from Republicans alike, for her and her campaign’s tactics of vaguery,...

APN Interviews with Elena Parent, Kyle Williams, Candidates for SD 42

(APN) ATLANTA -- One of the hottest Democratic Primary races this election season in the Metro Atlanta area is the race to fill State Sen. Jason Carter’s (D-Decatur) seat, as Carter is running for Governor of Georgia.  Seeking the Senate Distric...

2014 Election Qualifying Wrap-Up Part 2: State House, Senate Races

With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA -- Candidate qualifying for Primary Elections and Nonpartisan Elections [such as judicial races] was held on March 03 through March 07, 2014.  Many candidates qualified for a ...

2014 Election Qualifying Wrap-Up Part 1: Statewide, Congressional (UPDATE 1)

With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale (APN) ATLANTA -- Candidate qualifying for Primary Elections and Nonpartisan Elections [such as judicial races] was held on March 03 through March 07, 2014.  Many candidates qualified for a ...

Moral Monday Movement Takes on Anti-worker Legislation

Photograph by Courtney Hanson   (APN) ATLANTA -- More than one hundred activists, labor leaders, workers, and community advocates turned out in frigid temperatures on March 04, 2014 at the Georgia State Capitol as part of the Moral Monday moveme...

Georgia Legislature Crossover Day Overview

(APN) ATLANTA -- Monday, March 03, 2014, was Crossover Day for the Georgia Legislature.  This is the day by which any bills had to have passed either the State House or State Senate in order to still be alive for consideration in the other respe...

Georgia Medical Cannabis Bill Amended, Heads to House Floor

Photograph by Gloria Tatum.  With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.     (APN) ATLANTA -- On Wednesday, February 26, 2014, the Health and Human Services Committee of the Georgia House of Representatives unanimously passed HB 885,...

Georgia House Approves Amnesty for Heroin Overdose 911 Calls

With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA -- On February 25, 2014, the Georgia House of Representatives passed HB 965 and HB 966, two bills intended to reduce the number of deaths in Georgia related to heroin overd...

Roberto Moraes, 1941-2014, !Presente!

Photograph Courtesy of Georgia Women's Action for New Directions   (APN) ATLANTA -- Roberto Moraes, a well-known progressive activist throughout the Metro Atlanta area, who championed causes of peace and justice, died Monday, February 24, 2014, ...

Author of Data-Driven Book on Fukushima Disaster Visits Atlanta

(APN) ATLANTA -- Nearly three years after the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, Dr. Edwin Lyman, a leading expert with the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), addressed students at Emory School of Law, as well as a...

City of South Fulton; Early Voting Restrictions Pass House Cmte

With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA -- The Georgia House Government Affairs Committee approved two controversial pieces of legislation--restricting the early voting period in municipal elections to six days, an...

Moral Monday Activists Protest Education Cuts, Privatization

(APN) ATLANTA -- The fifth Georgia Moral Monday Movement Day at the Georgia State Capitol exposed what they described as the robbing of public education in Georgia.  Over 7.6 billion dollars has been cut from the education budget over the last t...

Georgia Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Stand Your Ground Repeal Bill

(APN) ATLANTA -- On February 05, 2014, the Georgia Senate Judiciary (Non-Civil) Committee held a hearing on Senate Bill 280, a bill introduced by State Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta) to repeal Georgia’s existing Stand Your Ground law. The Moral Mo...

Drone Regulation Bills Introduced in Georgia House

(APN) ATLANTA -- Two Republican lawmakers have introduced legislation to regulate the use of domestic drones, or unmanned aircraft, in Georgia; however, both bills appear to be stalling in the Legislature this Session.   HB 846, introduced by S...

APN Interview with Sen. Jason Carter, Candidate for Governor

(APN) ATLANTA -- State. Sen. Jason Carter (D-Decatur) is currently running for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Georgia, and is hoping to challenge Gov. Nathan Deal or another Republican nominee in the General Election this November.   ...

Capitol Police Aim to Block Media Coverage of 24 Arrests on Moral Monday (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA -- On Monday, February 10, 2014, twenty-four activists were arrested during the third “Moral Monday” protest at the Georgia State Capitol.  Numerous news organizations attempted to cover the arrests, but were blocked by what, by al...

State House Committee Holds Hearing on Medical Cannabis

By Christopher Eichler, Special to The Atlanta Progressive News   (APN) ATLANTA--It was standing room only for the State House of Representatives Health and Human Services Committee debate of HB 885, Georgia’s medical cannabis, or marijuana, bil...

Georgia House Committee Approves Gun Advocates’ Dream Bill

Photograph by Gloria Tatum.   (APN) ATLANTA -- After two days of hearings, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee of the Georgia House of Representatives voted 8 to 4 in favor of HB 875.   The bill, if enacted, would allow people wi...

(IPS) Moral Mondays Spread to Georgia, South Carolina

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website: http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/02/moral-mondays-protests-inspire-truthful-tuesdays/ SPOKANE, Washington, Feb 3 2014 (IPS) -- Moral Monday, the populist movement in North Carolina that sa...

Three Cityhood Movements--Briarcliff, Lakeside, Tucker--Vie for State Support

(APN) ATLANTA -- This legislative session, there are three cityhood attempts in DeKalb County that would have an adverse effect on DeKalb County Government.   Four feasibility studies were conducted last year for a City of Briarcliff, Lakeside, ...

Moral Monday Movement Seeks Repeal of Stand Your Ground Law in Georgia

Photographs by Gloria Tatum   (APN) ATLANTA -- Today, February 03, 2014, the Moral Monday Georgia movement once again stood on the steps of the Georgia State Capitol, this time to repeal Georgia's Stand Your Ground (SYG) law.      Florida’s St...

Georgia’s New Medical Marijuana Bill Introduced

(APN) ATLANTA -- The long anticipated medical marijuana, or medical cannabis, bill, HB 885, has finally been introduced, on January 28, 2014; and received a first read in the State House on January 31.  It will eventually be assigned to the Health...

APN Interview with US Senate Candidate, Steen Miles, former State Senator

(APN) ATLANTA -- As part of Atlanta Progressive News’s ongoing coverage of 2014 Elections in Georgia, APN sat down with former State Sen. Steen Miles (D-Decatur), candidate for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by U....

Fulton County’s Millage Increase Sets up Legal Clash with State

With additional reporting by Barbara Payne. (APN) ATLANTA -- During a Special Called Meeting on Monday, January 27, 2014, Fulton County’s Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved a budget that raises the property tax millage rate by a 1.57 mill incre...

Ten Arrested in Second Moral Monday Protest, Seeking Medicaid Expansion

Photographs by Gloria Tatum.   (APN) ATLANTA -- Earlier today, two weeks since the launch of the first Moral Monday in Georgia, ten progressive activists were arrested in Gov. Nathan Deal's office for refusing to leave after the 5pm Capitol closin...

APN Interview with US Senate Candidate, Dr. Rad (UPDATE 2)

(APN) ATLANTA -- As part of Atlanta Progressive News’s ongoing coverage of 2014 Elections in Georgia, APN sat down with Branko Radulovacki, Dr. Rad, candidate for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Saxby ...

Poll: 57% of Georgians Support Medical Marijuana

(APN) ATLANTA -- Peachtree NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) and Georgia NORML released the results of their statewide poll on marijuana reform and a majority of Georgians polled said "yes" to marijuana in every catego...

Radioactive Plume in South Carolina Leaking into Savannah River

(APN) ATLANTA -- The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) confirmed to the South Carolina Governor's Nuclear Advisory Council recently that a plume of radioactive Tritium is moving off the Barnwell Low-Level Radioac...

GDOT Sends Bulldozers for 40 Homeless Camping Under I-75/85 and I-20

Photographs by Weslee Knapp. (APN) ATLANTA -- On Tuesday, January 14, 2014, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) sent out two bulldozers to the underpass of I-75/85 and I-20 in order to eliminate around ten to twelve camping tents occup...

Jockeying Begins for Fulton Commissioner Lowe’s Seat as Retirement Seems Likely

(APN) ATLANTA -- According to five sources familiar with the matter, Fulton County Commissioner Tom Lowe (District 4) is not likely to seek reelection for the recently redrawn District 3 seat. Two of those sources--former Atlanta Councilman Lee...

Georgia’s First “Moral Monday” Pushes Medicaid Expansion

(APN) ATLANTA -- In a cold, blustery rain, about five hundred Georgians stood on the front steps of the Georgia State Capitol for over two hours imploring Governor Nathan Deal to stop playing politics with the lives of over 650,000 citizens and ac...

Parent Trigger Bill May Come up Again in Legislature This Year (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA -- House Bill 123, the Parent Teacher Empowerment Act, commonly known as the Parent Trigger bill, care of State Rep. Ed Lindsey (R-Atlanta) and others, is rearing its ugly head again, this time for a possible State Senate vote.   ...

Higher Levels of Radiation Found in U.S. post-Fukushima

(APN) ATLANTA -- Higher levels of radiation have been found in several locations across the U.S., as a number of incidents have occurred involving what appear to be mutated animals washing up on U.S. shores, raising concerns about our environment,...

Tide May be Turning on Medical Cannabis in Georgia Legislature (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA -- The tide appears to be turning in Georgia with regard to the issue of medical cannabis, or marijuana, after two leading Republican lawmakers in the State Legislature expressed their openness to the idea of legalizing cannabis for ...

Rep. Long, Brenda Muhammad to Seek Fulton District 5 Seat

(APN) ATLANTA -- Both former State Rep. Ralph Long (D-Atlanta) and former Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education Member Brenda Muhammad (District 1) are running for a new open seat on the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, Atlanta Progressiv...

Federal Appeals Court Reinstates Georgia Ballot Access Case

(APN) ATLANTA -- The Green Party of Georgia and the Constitution Party of Georgia have secured what is so far an important procedural victory in a federal lawsuit regarding Georgia’s oppressive petition requirements for Presidential candidates who...

Atlanta Council Chairs Announced, Dickens to End Comment Limits at CD/HR (UPDATE 1)

UPDATE 1: And Councilwoman Felicia Moore (District 9) as Chair of Transportation [accidentally omitted from the article as first published].   (APN) ATLANTA -- Yesterday, January 07, 2014, Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell announced a...

Bozarth, New Seek Georgia House Seats as Independents

(APN) ATLANTA -- As election season shapes up for 2014, at least two Atlantans have announced their intent to seek access to the ballot as independent candidates for State House.   Bill Bozarth, a long-time activist and former Executive Director...

(IPS) Coal Trains Run into Stiff Resistance in U.S.

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/12/new-coal-projects-meet-stiff-resistance-u-s/ SPOKANE, Washington, Dec 27 2013 (IPS) - Citizens and activists in the U.S. Pacific Northwest are fight...

PSC Again Hikes Georgia Power Rates, Declines on Solar Tax

(APN) ATLANTA -- The Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) voted unanimously Tuesday, December 17, 2013, to approve a compromise agreement between Georgia Power and the PSC staff.   As previously reported by Atlanta Progressive News, Georgia ...

Rep. Gardner Hopeful Gov. Deal will Support Medicaid Expansion

With additional reporting by Gloria Tatum, Kevin Moran, and Matthew Charles Cardinale. (APN) ATLANTA -- State Rep. Pat Gardner (D-Atlanta) says she is hopeful that Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, will change his mind over whether to expand Medicai...

Activist Cites Progress on "We the People" Amendment

(APN) ATLANTA -- On Monday, December 09, 2013, activist David Cobb of the Move to Amend campaign, visited Atlanta to speak about corporate personhood again at Manuel’s Tavern. Last year, Atlanta Progressive News also interviewed Cobb when he vi...

Moral Monday Movement Coming to Georgia

(APN) ATLANTA -- Since August 19, 2013, a “Moral Monday” movement has been building in Georgia to take back our State government from the interests of corporations and wealthy people.  The Moral Monday Georgia Coalition, which includes people of f...

(IPS) Native Americans Seek Equal Access to Voting Precincts

This aricle first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/12/native-americans-seek-equal-access-voting-precincts/ SPOKANE, Washington, Dec 13 2013 (IPS) - In a lawsuit that could have nationwide implications fo...

Briscoe Brown Unseats McDaniel, as Pro-Charter Board Cements in APS Runoff

(APN) ATLANTA -- In the Run-off Elections held yesterday, December 03, 2013, political newcomer Cynthia Briscoe Brown unseated the current Chairman of the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education (APS BOE), Reuben McDaniel, for the At-large Seat ...

Georgia Tech’s Ties to Drones Focus of Workshop, upcoming Activism

By Kevin Moran, Special to The Atlanta Progressive News   (APN) CHATTAHOOCHEE COUNTY, Georgia -- Medea Benjamin, founder of CODEPINK, was the keynote speaker at the Georgia Peace & Justice Coalition (GPJC) Drone Task Force Workshop, at this...

Esteves, James Responses to APN’s APS BOE Questionnaire (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA -- In the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education At-large Seat 9, candidates Jason Esteves and Lori James are in a Run-off for the seat being vacated by Emmett Johnson. Neither Esteves nor James returned their questionnaires ti...

DPA Founder, Nadelmann, Visits Atlanta to Discuss Marijuana Legalization

With additional reporting by Cheyenne X, Staff Writer   (APN) ATLANTA -- Ethan Nadelmann, J.D., Ph.D., Founder and Executive Director of Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), spoke in Atlanta at Manuel's Tavern on Marijuana Reform on Monday, November 11, 20...

APN Celebrates Eight Years of Publication

(APN) ATLANTA -- On the occasion of the eighth anniversary of the publication of Atlanta Progressive News’s first online news article, News Editor Matthew Charles Cardinale released this statement: #### Happy anniversary to us!  On this momen...

Byrd, Collins Responses to APN’s APS BOE Questionnaire

(APN) ATLANTA -- In the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education District 6 seat, candidates Dell Byrd and Eshe Collins are in a Run-off. APN attempted to reached out to Byrd during the General Election by email and phone.  However, an email t...

APS BOE Candidate, Mary Palmer, Responds to APN Questionnaire

(APN) ATLANTA -- In the Run-off race for Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education District 5, Steven Lee and Mary Palmer are facing off to replace LaChandra Butler-Burks. APN interviewed Lee during the summer and revealed that he falsely repre...

Georgia Power Wants Solar Tax to Recoup Consumers' Savings

(APN) ATLANTA -- The Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) has finished months of public and expert testimony on Georgia Power's request for a 482 million dollar rate increase and an increase in the company's guaranteed profit from 11.15 percent...

APD Officer Still on Force after DUI; Rape Indictment (UPDATE 1)

DEVELOPING...   (APN) ATLANTA -- An Atlanta Police officer who was charged with rape in 2008; who reportedly, as part of the incident, admitted to having sex with his neighbor despite the fact that she said no; and had a subsequent charge of Drivi...

APS Privatization at Stake in Four Board Run-off Elections

(APN) ATLANTA -- Eight candidates have advanced into four Run-off races for Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education (APS BOE), Districts 5 and 6 and At-Large Seats 8 and 9.  At least two of those candidates--Eshe Collins (District 6) and Jason E...

Mayor Reed Loses Nod Squad in 2013 Council Elections

(APN) ATLANTA -- Two incumbent Atlanta City Councilmembers, Aaron Watson (Post 2-at-large) and Lamar Willis (Post 3-at-large), were sent home in last night’s City of Atlanta Municipal Elections.   Meanwhile, progressives Natalyn Archibong (Dist...

APN Responds to Attacks by Enterkin, Candidate in District 5

(APN) ATLANTA -- Christian Enterkin, a candidate running for the District 5 Atlanta City Council seat currently held by incumbent Natalyn Archibong, has posted an opinion article on the East Atlanta Patch website attacking Atlanta Progressive News...

Enterkin, District 5 Challenger, Has Cell Tower, Billboard Interests (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA -- Christian Enterkin, one of the three candidates currently challenging Atlanta City Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong (District 5) in next Tuesday’s Municipal Elections, has a professional interest in the placement and leasing of cell...

Ricardo Mosby Uses Free Computer to Entice Voters in District 9

(APN) ATLANTA -- Ricardo Mosby, the candidate backed by Mayor Kasim Reed in the District 9 Atlanta City Council race, has been using the promise of a free computer to entice voters, Atlanta Progressive News has learned. Last Saturday, October 1...

Candidate Closes in on Yard Sign Thief in District 5 Council Race

(APN) ATLANTA -- Interested parties are closing in on the yard sign thief in the Atlanta City Council District 5 race, where yard signs have been disappearing for the reelection campaign of Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong. Archibong faces three ...

Jones Drops Council Bid, Endorses Archibong in Atlanta District 5

(APN) ATLANTA -- Jon Jones, a candidate for the Atlanta City Council District 5 seat currently held by Natalyn Archibong, has dropped out of the race with only three weeks left. Archibong--the most progressive member of the Council, according t...

APN Full Endorsements: APS BOE 2013

(APN) ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Progressive News Board of Directors has completed its full endorsement list for Atlanta City Council and Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education (APS BOE) for 2013. To date, we have already announced several endor...

Protests at Aquarium Pride Party as Beluga Whale Permit Sought

(APN) ATLANTA -- On Friday, October 11, 2013 animal rights activists held another protest outside the Georgia Aquarium to express outrage at Atlanta Pride, Atlanta’s gay pride festival, holding their annual kick-off party once again at the Aquariu...

APN Special Video: Lamar Willis’s Greatest Hits

(APN) ATLANTA -- Ethically challenged Atlanta City Councilman Lamar Willis (Post 3-at-large), sensing that he is about to lose his bid for reelection, has engaged in attacking challenger Andre Dickens and one of Dickens’s supporters, former Mayor ...

(IPS) Washington State Becomes Latest GMO Battleground

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/10/washington-state-becomes-latest-gmo-battleground/ SEATTLE, Washington, U.S., Oct 17 2013 (IPS) - The northwestern state of Washington could become t...

APN Full Endorsements: Atlanta Council 2013

(APN) ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Progressive News Board of Directors has completed its full endorsement list for Atlanta City Council and Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education for 2013. To date, we have already announced several endorsements, a...

Watson Responds to “White Paper” Video, Isn’t Progressive

(APN) ATLANTA -- On October 03, 2013, Atlanta Progressive News revealed that Atlanta City Councilman Aaron Watson (Post 2-at-large) in November 2012 accused Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean (District 8) of racism for requesting a “white paper” from a C...

Austin, Wan (District 6) Compared on Atlanta Council Issues

(APN) ATLANTA -- Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan (District 6)--who has been a staunch enemy of public comment; who demanded that Atlanta taxpayers pay for his legal representation for his perceived right to a secret vote [later losing a Supreme C...

Atlanta Councilman Lamar Willis Disbarred

(APN) ATLANTA -- The Supreme Court of Georgia has ordered that Atlanta City Councilman Lamar Willis (Post 3-at-large) be disbarred as a Georgia attorney.   Willis is in a close reelection battle with candidate Andre Dickens. Atlanta Progressi...

Welsh, Smith (District 1) Compared on Atlanta Council Issues

(APN) ATLANTA -- There are some significant differences between the voting record of Atlanta City Councilwoman Carla Smith (District 1), and how challenger Robert Welsh would have voted on the issues. BAR HOURS Smith supported changing bar c...

Lawrence, Brewster, Norman Respond to APS Candidate Questionnaire

(APN) ATLANTA -- The deadline has passed for candidates for Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education (APS BOE) to respond to the Atlanta Progressive News candidate questionnaire.  This article contains the remaining unpublished candidate response...

Councilman Watson Accused Adrean of Racism over “White Paper”

(APN) ATLANTA -- At the November 14, 2012 Finance/Executive Committee Meeting of the City Council of Atlanta, Councilman Aaron Watson (Post 2-at-large) accused Yolanda Adrean (District 8) of racism over her use of the term “white paper” and accuse...

SEC Charges Willis-Endorsed City Vendor, FogFuels, with Fraud

(APN) ATLANTA -- The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed an emergency action on September 11, 2013, “seeking a temporary restraining order and other emergency relief in federal court in the Northern District of Georgia, charging Paul...

Meister, Bowman Respond to APS BOE Questionnaire

(APN) ATLANTA -- Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education (APS BOE) District 4 candidates, including incumbent Nancy Meister and challenger Taryn Bowman, both responded to a candidate questionnaire from Atlanta Progressive News.   APS BOE Distric...

Evelyn Lowery, 1925-2013, !Presente! (UPDATE 2)

(APN) Mrs. Evelyn Gibson Lowery, a civil rights and women’s empowerment hero, died early Thursday morning, September 26, 2013 in her home after complications from a stroke.  She was 88.   Evelyn and her husband, the Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery, we...

APN Endorsements Pt. 3: Muhammad APS D1, Simama S7, Briscoe-Brown S8

(APN) ATLANTA -- The Board of Directors of Atlanta Progressive News is pleased to announce our third round of endorsements for Atlanta Municipal Elections 2013. Previously, we have endorsed for City Council races: Rev. Darrion Fletcher (Distric...

Welsh Questions Smith’s Timing on Glenwood Rezoning Legislation

(APN) ATLANTA -- Robert Welsh, a candidate for City Council of Atlanta District 1, criticized incumbent Carla Smith in an interview with Atlanta Progressive News, over the timing of Smith’s introduction of two pieces of legislation changing the zo...

Attacks Begin in Post 3 Willis/Dickens Council Race

(APN) ATLANTA -- The attacks have begun to fly in the Post 3-at-large race, where embattled incumbent Lamar Willis is facing a challenge from newcomer Andre Dickens.   Willis is one of the least progressive members of the Atlanta City Council,...

APN Endorsements Pt. 2: Norwood Post 2, Shakir D11, Fletcher D3

(APN) ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Progressive News Board of Directors is pleased to announce our second round of municipal candidate endorsements for 2013. Last week, we endorsed two progressive incumbents on the City Council of Atlanta who are facing...

Ed Johnson, APS Seat 9 Candidate, Responds to Questionnaire

(APN) ATLANTA -- There are a lot of candidates for Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education (APS BOE) this year who have shown up out of the blue.  Others, like Cynthia Briscoe Brown and Anne McKenzie, have been at the table, attending Board Mee...

(IPS) Groups Force Release of NSA Spying Documents

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/09/groups-force-release-of-nsa-spying-documents/ SPOKANE, Washington, Sep 13 2013 (IPS) - After more than two years of fighting to prevent their release...

US Hypocrisy on Syria, Chemical Weapons, as Protests Grow

Photographs by Misty Novitch, Special to The Atlanta Progressive News   (APN) ATLANTA -- On Saturday, September 07, 2013 over two hundred Atlantans turned out at CNN Center to say NO WAR ON SYRIA.  It was a national day of massive public oppositio...

APN Early Endorsements: Archibong District 5, Moore District 9

(APN) ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Progressive News Board of Directors has announced two early endorsements in Atlanta’s Municipal races: Atlanta City Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong (District 5) and Councilwoman Felicia Moore (District 9). APN consid...

Living Legacy Fund Honors Retiring WAND Director, Bobbie Paul

(APN) DECATUR -- Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions honored Bobbie Paul, outgoing Executive Director, for her hard work and dedication to some of the most pressing issues of our generation--nuclear disarmament and opposition to nuclear powe...

APS Candidate Hayes-Tavares Lied to Police, Report Shows

(APN) ATLANTA -- Shawnna Hayes-Tavares, a candidate for Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education (APS BOE) District 6, lied to Clarkston Police when pulled over for speeding, the police report, obtained by Atlanta Progressive News shows. On Au...

(IPS) Native Americans Take Lead in Tar Sands Resistance

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/09/native-americans-take-lead-in-tar-sands-resistance/ SPOKANE, Washington, Sep 1 2013 (IPS) - Native American tribes in the United States have taken t...

Surprises as Qualifying Ends in Atlanta, APS Races

(APN) ATLANTA -- There were a few surprises Friday, as the Municipal Clerk’s Office wrapped up a full week of qualifying at Atlanta City Hall: several new candidates, a dropout and endorsement, a race switch, and a cliffhanger.   New candidates ...

Mary Norwood Challenges Watson for Her Old Council Seat

(APN) ATLANTA -- Former City Councilwoman Mary Norwood (Post 2-at-large), who ran for Mayor of Atlanta in 2009 and attempted to qualify as an independent to run for Fulton County Commissioner in 2010, is running for her former City Council seat. ...

Hayes-Tavares Caught in Apparent Fake Commenter Scheme

(APN) ATLANTA -- Candidate for Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education District 6, Shawnna Hayes-Tavares, appears to have employed a tactic of impersonating at least three ficticious persons to post comments on the Atlanta Progressive News webs...

APS Candidate, Hayes-Tavares, Has Arrest Record, PTA Ban, Pending Lawsuit

(APN) ATLANTA -- Shawnna Hayes-Tavares, a candidate for Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education (District 6), has an arrest record and is the subject of several investigations and actions involving JC Young Middle School, Atlanta Progressive New...

(IPS) NSA Spying Scandal Extends to DEA, IRS

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/08/spying-scandal-engulfs-other-u-s-agencies/ SPOKANE, Washington, Aug 21 2013 (IPS) - Earlier this month, Reuters revealed that a special division wit...

Former State Rep. Long to Challenge Councilman Willis

(APN) ATLANTA -- Former State Rep. Ralph Long (D-Atlanta) will enter the Post 3-at-large race for the City Council of Atlanta, where he will challenge incumbent Lamar Willis, Atlanta Progressive News has learned. Newcomer Andre Dickens, who has...

Andre Dickens, Willis’s Council Opponent, on the Issues

(APN) ATLANTA -- Over the last two days, Atlanta Progressive News interviewed Andre Dickens regarding his position on the issues in preparation for this November’s Municipal Elections for the City of Atlanta, in which Dickens is challenging Lamar ...

Teach for America Agenda Advanced by Four Alumni Seeking APS Seats (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA -- It is likely no coincidence that four candidates for Atlanta Public Schools (APS) Board of Education (BOE) are alumni of Teach for America (TFA), including three newcomers and one incumbent who himself is fairly new to the Board. ...

Simama Challenges English for Seat on APS Board

(APN) ATLANTA -- Nisha Simama, a former Interim Board of Education (BOE) Member for Atlanta Public Schools (APS) for the District 2 seat, is now challenging at-large Board Member Courtney English for Seat 7. Simama was selected by the torn and ...

Green Tea Coalition Launches in Georgia

(APN) DECATUR -- The Green Tea Coalition (GTC) was launched Tuesday, August 06, 2013 at the Atlanta Friends Meeting House, 701 West Howard Avenue in Decatur, Georgia.   Over one hundred people attended from the right, left, and middle of the po...

Georgia Supreme Court to Weigh Disbarring Councilman Willis (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA -- The Supreme Court of Georgia will consider in the coming weeks and months the recommendation of a Review Panel of the State Bar of Georgia that Lamar Willis, Atlanta City Councilman for the Post 3 at large seat, be disbarred from ...

APS Board Candidate, Steven Lee, Touted Diploma Mill PhD

(APN) ATLANTA -- Steven Lee, a community leader who serves at-risk youth primarily in Southwest Atlanta, is running for the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education District 5 seat.   The District 5 seat is being vacated by LaChandra Butler Bu...

Advocates, Ratepayers Oppose Paying for Vogtle’s Cost Overruns (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA -- On July 18, 2013 the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) held the first of two scheduled hearings on Georgia Power's request to pass 381 million dollars in cost overruns, in connection with the construction of two new nuclear ...

Mike Vosburg-Casey, 1974-2013, !Presente!

(APN) ATLANTA -- Mike Vosburg-Casey, 39, an activist who opposed antidemocratic US intervention in the affairs of other nations, particularly in Latin America and South America; who opposed the School of Americas (SOA) [now called the Western Hemi...

(IPS) Bill Seeks to Halt Bee-Killing Pesticides in US

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/07/bill-seeks-to-halt-bee-killing-pesticides-in-u-s/ ATLANTA, Georgia, Jul 29 2013 (IPS) - Two Congressional Democrats have co-sponsored new legislatio...

APS Board Chair McDaniel Responds to Challengers

(APN) ATLANTA -- When the so-called Gang of Five of members of the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education changed the Board’s own rules in order to oust LaChandra Butler Burks as Chairperson, there were four Board Members who opposed the change...

US Rep. Johnson Defends Support for Massive NSA Spying on US Citizens (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA -- Three Democratic Members of US Congress representing areas in Metro Atlanta--including US Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA)--voted against an amendment that would have de-funded what many advocacy organizations are calling an illegal and ...

Georgians Mobilize following Verdict in Shooting of Trayvon Martin

(APN) ATLANTA -- Anger has led to mobilization, introspection, and a renewed interest in Stand Your Ground laws here in Georgia, following the July 13, 2013 verdict in the criminal trial of George Zimmerman, who is responsible for the death of T...

Activists Block Atlanta Prostitution Banishment Plan, Propose Alternatives (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA -- After opposition from progressive activists, Mayor Kasim Reed agreed to pull a proposal to banish prostitutes from certain parts of the City of Atlanta, known as the Stay Out of Areas of Prostitution (SOAP) ordinance.   Now, a w...

(IPS) Fight over NSA Spying Spills into U.S. Courts

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/07/fight-over-nsa-spying-spills-into-u-s-courts/ ATLANTA, Georgia, Jul 19 2013 (IPS) - A wide variety of individuals and organisations have filed lawsuits chall...

Atlanta Council Honors one of its Critics, Ben Howard, Senior Advocate

By Patricia “Ma’ma Ajike” Williams, Special to The Atlanta Progressive News (APN) ATLANTA -- The City Council of Atlanta honored one of the strongest thorns in its side on Monday, July 15, 2013, when the Council declared the day to be “Ben Howa...

Environmentalists, Tea Party Patriots Win Solar Expansion at PSC

(APN) ATLANTA -- After weeks of advocacy by environmental groups and their unlikely allies, the Tea Party Patriots, the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) on July 11, 2013 voted three to two in favor of an amendment by Commissioner Lauren "B...

GSU Library Acquires APN Editor’s Personal Papers

(APN) ATLANTA -- The Georgia State University Library has acquired a box of personal papers from the News Editor and Founder of Atlanta Progressive News--the present writer--covering eight years of progressive history in Atlanta.  The papers are...

Activists, “Sisters” Behind New LGBTQI Youth Homeless Shelter

(APN) ATLANTA -- Lost-n-Found Youth, Inc. is an Atlanta-based nonprofit corporation whose mission is to take homeless youths who are bisexual, homosexual, or transgender off the streets and transition them into more permanent housing arrangements...

Second Quarter Disclosures Filed in 2013 Atlanta Municipal Races (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA -- Candidates for Mayor and City Council of Atlanta have filed their second quarter disclosure reports.  The reports show that the ethically-challenged Councilman Lamar Willis (Post 3-at-large) faces a serious competition from And...

APN Issues Atlanta Council Scorecard for Summer 2013

(APN) ATLANTA -- Atlanta Progressive News has issued an updated Atlanta City Council Scorecard for Summer 2013, which may be the last updated scorecard before Municipal Elections this November.   The Scorecard--which APN believes is the most c...

McKenzie to Run for Open At-Large Seat on APS Board (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA -- Anne McKenzie, a former Atlanta Public Schools (APS) teacher, is running for the APS Board of Education (BOE) At-Large Seat 9 that is currently held by Emmett Johnson, who is not running for reelection.   Previously, McKenzie ...

Three Candidates Line Up to Challenge APS Chair Reuben McDaniel (UPDATE 2)

(APN) ATLANTA -- Over the last two weeks, the number of candidates challenging incumbent Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education (BOE) Chairman Reuben McDaniel (At-Large Seat 8) has gone from zero to three. Parent activist and attorney, Cynt...

Fulton County May Rebuke State on Millage Rate Increase

(APN) ATLANTA -- The Fulton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) is currently considering a set of millage rate increases--one for all of Fulton County, and one for unincorporated South Fulton--that if passed, would rebuke the Republican-controll...

(IPS) Activists See U.S. Nuclear Industry Starting to Crumble

This article was first published on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/06/activists-see-u-s-nuclear-industry-starting-to-crumble/ ATLANTA, Georgia, Jun 27 2013 (IPS) - With the announced closures of four nuclear reacto...

(IPS) U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Voting Rights Act Provision

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/06/u-s-supreme-court-strikes-down-key-voting-rights-provision/ ATLANTA, Georgia, Jun 25 2013 (IPS) - The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision,...

(IPS) Some See Energy Equity as Path to Sustainability

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/06/in-southern-u-s-energy-equity-seen-as-path-to-sustainability/ ATLANTA, Georgia, Jun 24 2013 (IPS) - Advocates of the concept of “energy equity” have ...

Westmoreland Seeks APS School Board District 3 Seat

(APN) ATLANTA -- Matt Westmoreland, 25, former Grady High School student and the son of a former Fulton County Superior Court Judge, Melvin K. Westmoreland, is seeking the Atlanta Public Schools (APS) Board of Education (BOE) District 3 seat cur...

Councilman Willis Failed to Disclose Donations, Has Numerous Liens, Faces New State Ethics Complaint

(APN) ATLANTA -- Atlanta City Councilman H. Lamar Willis (Post 3-at-large) faces a new complaint submitted to the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission (GGTCFC) regarding his failure to disclose at least four thousand d...

Councilwoman Winslow Has Unpaid Liens, Faces New Ethics Charges

(APN) ATLANTA -- Councilwoman Cleta Winslow (District 4), who is already under scrutiny for a recent arrest for Driving while Under the Influence (DUI) and previous ethics fines, has two liens that appear to remain unpaid--one related to City of...

Atlanta Council Approves New Open Meetings Rules

(APN) ATLANTA -- In a unanimous vote of twelve to zero, the City Council of Atlanta approved new open meetings rules that are even stronger than the language of the Georgia Open Meetings Act, by clearly requiring that all Committee Briefings, Wo...

Beltline TAD Saved by Constitutional Amendment, Georgia Supreme Court Rules

(APN) ATLANTA -- In a unanimous opinion, on June 03, 2013, the Supreme Court of Georgia ruled that the 2008 statewide ballot referendum, which sought to retroactively approve unconstitutional Tax Allocations Districts (TADs) in the State of Geor...

Atlantans Protest International Drone Conference in Buckhead

(APN) ATLANTA -- Late last month, from Tuesday, May 28, to Friday, May 31, 2013, a group of Atlanta activists protested the 2013 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, also known as drones, which held their convention at the Grand...

Former Mayor Bill Campbell May Run for Atlanta Council Seat (UPDATE 1)

UPDATE 1: Tom Houck, a close friend of Campbell's, tells Atlanta Progressive News that he has no reason to believe that Campbell is running for office.  He said he has never heard Campbell even talk about running.   (APN) Former Mayor of Atlanta...

Brenda Muhammad to Defend APS Board Seat

(APN) ATLANTA -- Brenda Muhammad, the longest-serving member of the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education who is seeking reelection, plans to defend her seat from challenger, Leslie Grant.   Previously, Atlanta Progressive News interviewed ...

Atlanta Council Rejects Cheshire Bridge Rezoning Proposal

(APN) ATLANTA -- The City Council of Atlanta rejected the Cheshire Bridge rezoning proposal that would have eliminated grandfathered-in adult entertainment establishments from Cheshire Bridge in a nine to six vote, on Monday June 03, 2013.   Co...

(IPS) U.S. Hungry Face Major Cuts in Food Aid

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/05/u-s-hungry-face-major-cuts-in-food-aid/ ATLANTA, Georgia, May 31 2013 (IPS) - The U.S. Congress is on the brink of making billions of dollars in cuts...

Open Letter to Atlanta Council on Cheshire Bridge Rezoning Proposal

(APN) ATLANTA -- Following the Wednesday, May 29, 2013 three to two vote by the Zoning Committee of the City Council of Atlanta, in favor of the Cheshire Bridge rezoning proposal, and in anticipation of the upcoming vote by Full Council on Monday,...

(IPS) Despite Push by Obama, Minimum Wage Hike Stagnating

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website here: http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/05/despite-push-by-obama-minimum-wage-hike-plan-stagnating/ ATLANTA, Georgia, May 29 2013 (IPS) - During his State of the Union address earlier this y...

Atlantans Join in Global March against Monsanto

By Cheyenne X, Staff Writer, and Gloria Tatum, Senior Staff Writer (APN) ATLANTA -- On Saturday, May 25, activists around the world united to March Against Monsanto, the company that, among other things, is pushing its genetically modified food...

Leslie Grant Challenging Muhammad for APS Board Seat

(APN) ATLANTA -- Leslie Grant, an involved APS parent and activist, is challenging incumbent Brenda Muhammad for the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education District 1 seat. Muhammad, who is the longest-serving Board Member seeking reelection, ...

Councilman Hall Seeks to Codify Atlanta’s Open Briefings

(APN) ATLANTA -- Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall (District 2) has introduced legislation that seeks to codify the Council’s recently adopted practice of open Committee Briefings, so that citizens will not have to worry about future Briefings...

Shake-ups, New Contenders in Several Atlanta Council Races (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA -- As races for seats on the City Council of Atlanta continue to take shape, Atlanta Progressive News has learned that one candidate is switching races, while additional candidates have filed a notice of intent to challenge various...

Progressive Councilwoman, Archibong, Faces Challenger, Hosts Fundraiser

(APN) ATLANTA -- Atlanta City Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong (District 5), the Councilwoman with the most progressive voting record on the current City Council of Atlanta, is hosting an upcoming fundraiser in preparation for her effort to fend of...

State Rep. Tyrone Brooks Indicted for Misuse of Charitable Funds

(APN) ATLANTA -- State Rep. Tyrone Brooks (D-Atlanta), a long-time champion of progressive causes and veteran of the Civil Rights Movement, has been indicted for misuse of charitable funds in connection with the Georgia Association for Black Elec...

Raynard Johnson Running for APS School Board Seat

(APN) ATLANTA -- An Atlanta activist and Twitter-fanatic, Raynard Johnson, is running for the APS Board of Education District 5 seat currently held by LaChandra Butler-Burks.  As previously reported by Atlanta Progressive News, Butler-Burks is no...

APS Board Member Butler-Burks Not Seeking Reelection

(APN) ATLANTA -- Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education Member LaChandra Butler-Burks (District 5) is not running for reelection, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   “I am not going to run again,” she told APN in an interview. APN broke...

Wan Criticized for Cheshire Bridge Rezoning Plan, but No Challenger Yet

(APN) ATLANTA -- Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan (District 6) has faced some severe criticism on social media websites and on commenting sections of Atlanta’s GLBTQI publications, but, to date, no one has stepped forward to challenge Mr. Wan in...

No Freedom in Atlanta’s Freedom Park for Cannabis Activists

(APN) ATLANTA -- Neither soaking rain nor the lack of permit from the City of Atlanta prevented advocates for the legalization of cannabis--commonly known as marijuana--from speaking out at the Great Atlanta Pot Festival 2013.   Paul Cornwell, ...

Atlanta ZRB Rejects Cheshire Bridge Rezoning Proposal

(APN) ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Zoning Review Board (ZRB) has rejected two proposals to get rid of existing adult entertainment establishments that remain on Cheshire Bridge Road--Atlanta’s historic “red light district”--in a series of two to one vo...

New Changes to Cheshire Bridge Zoning Bill Raise More Legal Issues (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA -- Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan (District 6) sent an email to constituents on yesterday, May 08, 2013, describing a second round of amendments to the proposed legislation to change the zoning for Cheshire Bridge Road.  These ...

Councilwoman Winslow’s DUI Even Worse than it First Seems

(APN) ATLANTA - Councilwoman Cleta Winslow (District 4), the second-most senior member of the City Council of Atlanta, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), reckless driving, and other offenses last night, Tuesday, May 0...

Town Hall Meeting Held on DeKalb Cityhood Proposals

(APN) DEKALB COUNTY -- State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (D-Dekalb County) hosted a town hall meeting on Monday, May 06, 2013, at the Clairmont Hills Baptist Church to discuss a variety of cityhood proposals involving DeKalb County.   Numerous le...

(IPS) CISPA Fails in US Senate, but Online Privacy Concerns Live On

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/04/cyber-bill-fails-in-u-s-senate-but-online-privacy-concerns-live-on/ ATLANTA, Georgia, Apr 30 2013 (IPS) - For the second year in a row, activists hav...

ANALYSIS: Cheshire Bridge Rezoning Proposal Likely Illegal

(APN) ATLANTA -- The rezoning proposals for Cheshire Bridge Road currently pending before the Zoning Review Board (ZRB)--which purport to take away the grandfather clause for existing businesses on Cheshire Bridge Road--are likely not legal and ...

(IPS) US Activists Outraged Over So-Called Monsanto Protection Act

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/04/u-s-activists-outraged-over-so-called-monsanto-protection-act/ ATLANTA, Georgia, Apr 28 2013 (IPS) - Food safety advocates are outraged over revelati...

Georgia Power Buys Wind Energy from Oklahoma

(APN) ATLANTA -- Georgia Power boldly goes where everyone else has already been, this week announcing its first purchase of wind energy to be included as part of the energy mix that serves Georgia consumers: 250 megawatts (MW) of wind energy from...

Woman Arrested at Nazi, KKK Counter-protest for Profanity on Protest Sign

(APN) ATLANTA -- As Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan rallied at the Georgia State Capitol, and as  Anonymous and anti-fascist counter-protesters clashed with them from across the street, one young female counter-protester was arrested for having the w...

Former US Rep. Cynthia McKinney Releases Autobiography

(APN) ATLANTA -- Former US Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) has written an autobiography, Ain’t Nothing Like Freedom, that is now available from Clarity Press, including in e-book format on Amazon.com. Atlanta Progressive News obtained a copy of the ...

AJC Online Content to Go Paid Subscription-Only

(APN) ATLANTA -- Freedom of the press does not mean that the press can operate for free, and, with that in mind, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper has announced that it will begin charging online viewers a subscription cost in order to ...

(IPS) Occupy Affiliate Aims at Abolishing Consumer Debt

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/04/u-s-occupy-affiliate-aims-at-abolishing-consumer-debt/ ATLANTA, Georgia, Apr 14 2013 (IPS) - Strike Debt, an affiliate of the Occupy movement, has de...

Occupy Activists Kicked Out of Fulton Government Building

(APN) ATLANTA -- Fulton County staff and a police officer escorted two activists with Occupy Our Homes Atlanta, an affiliate of the Occupy Movement, from the Fulton County Government Services Building on Industrial Boulevard, after the activists...

First Quarter Disclosures Filed in 2013 Atlanta Municipal Races (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA -- Candidates for Mayor and City Council of Atlanta have filed their first quarter disclosure reports.   MAYOR Incumbent Kasim Reed raised $324,361.50 this quarter, spent $75,211.93, and ended the quarter with $1,481,903.32. Al Bar...

Councilman Watson Resigns from Pension Board as SEC Investigates

(APN) ATLANTA -- Atlanta City Councilman Aaron Watson (Post 2-at-large) has resigned from the Board of Trustees of the City of Atlanta General Employees Pension Fund, as the US Securities and Exchange Commission investigates a complaint filed by ...

Judge Lee Recuses Self, Appears to Contradict Disclosure Records

(APN) ATLANTA -- Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kelly Amanda Lee, who was elected in a 2010 election covered closely by Atlanta Progressive News, has recused herself from a case involving her former campaign manager and a law firm whose addre...

Councilwoman Moore Prepares for Possible Challenger in District 9

(APN) ATLANTA -- Atlanta City Councilwoman Felicia Moore (District 9) is holding a fundraising and birthday event next Saturday, April 13, 2013, in preparation for a possible challenger for the District 9 seat in this year’s Municipal Elections....

End of 2013 Georgia Legislative Session Wrap-up

(APN) ATLANTA -- The Georgia General Assembly wrapped up the 2013 Legislative Session on Thursday, March 28, 2013, the fortieth day of the session.   During the Session, where Republicans fell just short of a supermajority in the State House, R...

Task Force for the Homeless Wins Two Georgia Court of Appeals Rulings

(APN) ATLANTA -- Within the last two weeks, the Georgia Court of Appeals has issued two separate orders benefitting the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, which is in a dispute with the City of Atlanta, Central Atlanta Progress, Manny Fi...

Some New Georgia Charter Schools Commissioners Have Pro-Charter Ties

(APN) ATLANTA -- After Georgia voters in November 2012 approved of Amendment One, the ballot initiative to authorize the re-creation of the Georgia Charter Schools Commission (GCSC), members have now been appointed to the Commission and it has no...

Rev. Fletcher, Candidate, Slams Councilman Young over Stadium Vote

(APN) ATLANTA -- Rev. Darrion Fletcher, 50, of Walking Through the Vine Ministry, is challenging Councilman Ivory Young (District 3) for his seat on City Council of Atlanta in this November 2013 Municipal Election.   Fletcher is highly critical...

(IPS) Crowdfunding Gives Boost to Renewables in U.S.

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/03/crowdfunding-gives-boost-to-renewables-in-u-s/ ATLANTA, Georgia, Mar 29 2013 (IPS) - A U.S. company called Mosaic has unveiled a new way for citizens...

(IPS) New US Congress includes Seven Openly Homosexual or Bisexual Members

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/03/u-s-congress-inches-away-from-the-straight-and-narrow/ ATLANTA, Georgia, Mar 26 2013 (IPS) - Even as the issue of gay marriage continues to make wav...

Atlanta Council Approves Controversial New Football Stadium

(APN) ATLANTA -- On Monday, March 18, 2013, the City Council of Atlanta approved the extension of the Hotel Motel tax through 2050, in order to provide public funding for the construction of a new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons football team, i...

George Sossenko, 1918-2013, !Presente!

(APN) ATLANTA -- George Sossenko, a Russian-born peace activist, anarchist, lecturer, and veteran of the Spanish Civil War, who spent the latter part of his life in Atlanta, died on Thursday, March 14, 2013.  He was 94 years old.Sossenko and his w...

Richard Van Slyke, !Presente!, 1944-2013

(APN) ATLANTA -- Richard Van Slyke, an Atlanta-based progressive activist and documentary filmmaker, has passed away at the age of 68, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.  Van Slyke had a stroke and passed away last week, according to his son, I...

Report Urges Atlanta to Go Solar; Mayor’s Office Not too Keen

(APN) ATLANTA -- A new report by Environment Georgia identifies some opportunities that the City of Atlanta, not just the government sector but as a whole, can pursue to increase the proportion of solar energy in the city’s overall energy portfoli...

Overview of 2013 Legislative Session, post-Crossover Day

(APN) ATLANTA -- The Georgia General Assembly wrapped up its Crossover Day on Thursday, March 07, 2013, which was the thirtieth day of the forty-day legislative session.  This is the last day that legislation has to pass in either the State House ...

APN Issues Updated City Council Scorecard for Winter 2013

(APN) ATLANTA -- Atlanta Progressive News has updated its Atlanta City Council Scorecard for 2013, adding recent as well as past votes, including:- Two votes taken last week, in March 2013, on whether to set a limit to restrict public comment time...

Citizens Defeat Public Comment Limits at Atlanta Council Committees

(APN) ATLANTA -- Citizen activists defeated a proposal to limit public comment time at all Committee Meetings of the Atlanta City Council yesterday, after the Committee on Council voted six to one to file the ordinance, and the Full Council voted ...

(IPS) Notorious Former Super-Lobbyist, Abramoff, Urges Ethics Reform

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/02/notorious-former-super-lobbyist-urges-ethics-reform/   ATLANTA, Georgia, Feb 28 2013 (IPS) - Notorious former Republican super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff...

(IPS) ALEC-Backed Laws Promote Controversial Charter Schools

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/02/alec-backed-laws-promote-controversial-charter-schools/   ATLANTA, Georgia, Feb 27 2013 (IPS) - The right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council ...

(IPS) Activists Converge on High Court for Challenge to Voting Rights Act

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/02/activists-converge-on-high-court-for-challenge-to-voting-rights/ ATLANTA, Georgia, Feb 26 2013 (IPS) - The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument...

Mayoral Candidate, Luna, Made False Statement about Open Records Request

(APN) ATLANTA -- In an interview with Atlanta Progressive News, Paul Luna, chef and mayoral candidate, made a false statement regarding the City of Atlanta and a City employee with respect to an open records request he made late last month.Luna to...

Winslow Draws Challenger, Torry Lewis, in Atlanta District 4 Race

(APN) ATLANTA -- Atlanta City Councilwoman Cleta Winslow (District 4) has drawn a challenger in this year’s Municipal Elections, Torry Lewis.Winslow has a current score of 35.71 out of 100 on the APN Atlanta City Council Scorecard, which is based ...

Hall Draws Two Challengers in Atlanta District Two Race

(APN) ATLANTA -- Two candidates, Jon Jones and Todd Robinson, have announced their plans to challenge Kwanza Hall for the District 2 seat on the City Council of Atlanta. Kwanza Hall was elected in 2005 to the seat that was formerly held by Council...

Mayoral Candidate Luna Demands Apology from APN

(APN) ATLANTA -- In a bizarre email, chef and Mayoral candidate Paul Luna requested that APN apologize to a City employee on behalf of Luna relating to a recent article published by APN.  Earlier this month, APN interviewed Luna at his downtown re...

APN Chat with Paul Luna, Chef and Mayoral Candidate

(APN) ATLANTA -- Paul Luna, an Atlanta chef and business owner, is one of two candidates who have announced their intentions so far to challenge incumbent Mayor Kasim Reed in this year’s mayoral election.  As previously reported by Atlanta Progres...

Cheshire Bridge Rezoning Debate Heats Up, with Op-eds in Georgia Voice Magazine

(APN) ATLANTA -- Georgia Voice Magazine ran dueling op-eds online and in its print edition yesterday, February 15, 2013, from Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan (District 6) and APN’s News Editor, the present writer, regarding the proposal to sunset...

House Bills Would Reshape, Reform Fulton County Commission

(APN) ATLANTA -- There are three bills concerning Fulton County currently pending in the Georgia Legislature that would drastically reshape the County’s governance structure, tax base, and employee benefits to meet the wishes of North Fulton Repub...

Parent Trigger Act Another Threat to Public Education in Georgia (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA -- HB 123, the Parent and Teacher Empowerment Act, also known as the Parent Trigger Act, is the latest effort by some, mostly Republican, legislators, to promote charter schools in Georgia and continue to undermine the public educati...

SEC Complaint Filed over City of Atlanta Pension Investment

(APN) ATLANTA -- Angela Green, a former City of Atlanta employee and member of the Board of Trustees of the City of Atlanta General Employees’ Pension Plan, has filed a complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Atlanta Progressi...

City of Atlanta, APN Editor Settle Open Meetings Lawsuits (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA -- The City of Atlanta and the News Editor of Atlanta Progressive News have reached a settlement in two lawsuits, bringing an end to three years of open government litigation.The first lawsuit, filed in 2010, sought for the Atlanta C...

State Bar: Willis Stole Thousands from Child; Special Master Appointed

(APN) ATLANTA -- Atlanta City Councilman Lamar Willis (Post 3-at-large) has a second State Bar of Georgia matter that is currently pending before a Special Master appointed by the Supreme Court of Georgia, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.  In...

Hayes-Tavares to Seek Open Seat on APS Board of Education

(APN) ATLANTA -- A parent-advocate who has been vocal during the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education accreditation crisis and who opposed the proposal to close certain public schools has entered the race for APS BOE District 6, the seat curr...

Smith, Archibong Draw Challengers in 2013 Atlanta Council Race

(APN) ATLANTA -- Two more candidates have thrown their hats into the ring for seats on the Atlanta City Council: Robert Welsh has announced his plans to challenge Councilwoman Carla Smith (District 1), and Matt Rinker has announced his plans to ch...

Some Atlanta Councilmembers Seek Vote to Silence the Public, Again

(APN) ATLANTA -- Councilwoman Joyce Sheperd (District 12) and six other Councilmembers have set their sights on new public comment rules that would further limit the time allotted to citizens to speak at Council Committees, and would set other res...

(IPS) US Marijuana Lobby Sets Sights on Full Legalisation

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/01/u-s-marijuana-lobby-sets-sights-on-full-legalisation/ ATLANTA, Georgia, Jan 30 2013 (IPS) - Since the U.S. states of Colorado and Washington fully le...

(IPS) Opponents of Corporate Personhood Eye US Constitution

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/01/opponents-of-corporate-personhood-eye-u-s-constitution/ ATLANTA, Georgia, Jan 28 2013 (IPS) - There is a growing national movement to establish a 28t...

Reed Denies Recruiting Candidates; Bottoms Mum on 2013

(APN) ATLANTA -- This week Mayor Kasim Reed circulated a statement to Members of the City Council of Atlanta, and perhaps to others, denying a report in the Atlanta Progressive News that he had been recruiting Councilman Lamar Willis (Post 3-at-la...

Still No Resolution after Grocery Co-op Sevananda Sues Members (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA -- The issues surrounding the recent election for Members of the Board of Directors of grocery cooperative Sevananda remain unresolved, months after Sevananda sued three of its members: Felton Eaddy, Abdullah Muqtasid, and Brian Sher...

Willis Bar Complaint Alleges Willis Betrayed Client

(APN) ATLANTA -- A State Bar of Georgia complaint filed by Angela Hammond, owner of Ragazza Motorsports, Inc., against Atlanta City Councilman H. Lamar Willis--a private attorney with the Willis Law Group--makes several stunning allegations agains...

EXCLUSIVE: Councilman Willis Faces Bar Complaint, Investigation

(APN) ATLANTA -- Atlanta City Councilman Lamar Willis (Post 3-at-large), who is also a private attorney for the Willis Law Group, LLC, is currently under investigation by the State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.A source prov...

Rep. Kaiser May Run for Mayor of Atlanta in 2017

(APN) ATLANTA -- State Rep. Margaret Kaiser (D-Atlanta) may run for Mayor of Atlanta in 2017, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.Two individuals who supported Mary Norwood in her 2009 race told APN that they have been encouraging Kaiser--who sup...

Mayor Pushing Willis or Bottoms to Challenge Mitchell, Sources Say

(APN) ATLANTA -- Mayor Kasim Reed is pushing for either Lamar Willis (Post 3-at-large) or Keisha Lance Bottoms (District 11) to challenge Council President Ceasar Mitchell in the 2013 Municipal Elections, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.Three...

Norwood Nominated to Fulton County Elections Board

(APN) ATLANTA -- Former Atlanta City Councilwoman Mary Norwood (Post 2-at-large), who narrowly lost the 2009 Mayoral race to Kasim Reed, has been nominated by the Fulton County Republican Party to serve on the Fulton County Board of Registration a...

Task Force for the Homeless Loses Federal Appeal against City of Atlanta

(APN) ATLANTA -- On Tuesday, January 15, 2013, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless in the shelter’s appeal of an earlier federal court ruling in its case against the City of Atlanta.The...

Victory! Atlanta’s Council Briefings Opened to Public, Moved to Committee Room

(APN) ATLANTA -- In another major citizens’ victory for transparency, public participation, accountability, and democracy at the City Council of Atlanta, all seven Council Committees have opened their Committee Briefings to the public for 2013, an...

(IPS) More Aging US Coal Plants Hit the Chopping Block

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/01/more-aging-u-s-coal-plants-hit-the-chopping-block/ ATLANTA, Georgia, Jan 10 2013 (IPS) - Georgia Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, one of the ...

Supreme Court Oral Arguments Held in Perry-Bolton TAD Case

(APN) ATLANTA -- The Supreme Court of Georgia held oral arguments yesterday, Monday, January 07, 2013, in the appeal of the case challenging the bond validation for Atlanta’s Perry-Bolton Tax Allocation District (TAD).The case is John Sherman and ...

Atlanta Councilwoman Carla Smith to Seek Reelection

(APN) ATLANTA -- Despite earlier information that suggested otherwise, Atlanta City Councilwoman Carla Smith (District 1) is planning to run for reelection in this year’s Municipal Elections, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.“I really love my ...

Fulton Judge Rules against Atlanta in Street Vendor Dispute

(APN) ATLANTA -- Fulton County Superior Court Judge Shawn Ellen LaGrua has ruled in favor of street vendors in Atlanta who were negatively impacted by the City of Atlanta when the City entered into a contract with a private firm, U.K. - LaSalle, L...

People TV CEO Demands $25K Severance as Group Restructures

(APN) ATLANTA -- People TV is moving forward with a restructuring process of letting go all former employees, and rehiring new employees at lower pay.  This restructuring process was mandated by the City of Atlanta in its recent contract and fundi...

Rep. Long May Challenge Councilwoman Sheperd in 2013

(APN) ATLANTA -- State Rep. Ralph Long (D-Atlanta), who lost his seat to State Rep. Simone Bell (D-Atlanta) after being paired against her in last year’s redistricting process, is considering running for the City Council of Atlanta during the Muni...

Occupy Atlanta Trial Recap

By Scott Brown, Staff Writer (APN) ATLANTA -- Over fourteen months after Occupy Atlanta protesters set up camp in downtown Woodruff Park, the fifty-two people who were arrested the night of October 25, 2011, for refusing to leave the park, finally...

Mandamus Against Mitchell, Johnson Sought in Secret Vote Case

(APN) ATLANTA -- Yesterday, December 27, 2012, the News Editor of Atlanta Progressive News, the present writer, filed further litigation in the secret vote lawsuit seeking for the Fulton County Superior Court to grant a writ of mandamus, ordering ...

Activists to Push Legislature for Medical Marijuana in Georgia

(APN) ATLANTA -- A coalition of organizations that deal with marijuana policy reform have come together to push the Legislature to address the issue of medical marijuana in the upcoming 2013 Legislative Session.The new coalition, the Georgia Campa...

MARTA Promotes Safety with New Music Video

(APN) ATLANTA -- For the last four weeks, the music video for a new dance called the MARTA Slide has been going viral on Youtube.  The MARTA Slide is now showing on the MARTA  website as well as, without sound, on MARTA trains. The video is availa...

New Stadium Plan Sparks Gentrification, Neighborhood Concerns

With additional reporting by Marko Robinson, Staff Writer(APN) ATLANTA -- Arthur Blank, a billionaire and owner of the Atlanta Falcons, a football team, wants a new, better stadium, in Atlanta’s Vine City neighborhood, just down the street from wh...

Occupy Atlanta Claims City Deceived Court, Spied on Protesters

(APN) ATLANTA -- At a press conference at City Hall today, Friday, December 21, 2012, activists with Occupy Atlanta alleged that the City of Atlanta deceived them and the Atlanta Municipal Court with respect to eight hundred pages of documents tha...

(IPS) Obama’s Victory a Boon for Clear Air, Water Acts

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2012/12/obamas-victory-a-boon-for-clear-air-water-acts/ ATLANTA, Georgia, Dec 19 2012 (IPS) - With Barack Obama’s re-election last month as U.S. president, k...

APN Issues Atlanta Council Scorecard for End of 2012

(APN) ATLANTA -- With Municipal Elections in the City of Atlanta scheduled to take place next year, Atlanta Progressive News has added six more recent votes to the APN Atlanta City Council Scorecard.   To APN’s knowledge, the Scorecard is the most...

(IPS) Still Learning Katrina's Lessons, Seven Years Later

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2012/12/seven-years-after-katrina-preparing-for-the-next-disaster/ ATLANTA, Georgia, Dec 14 2012 (IPS) - Many residents are still rebuilding their lives seve...

Move to Amend Visits Atlanta, Seeks End to Corporate Personhood

(APN) ATLANTA -- On Saturday, December 08, 2012, the Georgia chapter of Move to Amend hosted a community forum on Creating Democracy and Challenging Corporate Rule, at Manuel’s Tavern in Atlanta.  The focus of the event was the need for an amendme...

Fulton Taxpayers Foundation Struggling, Future Uncertain

(APN) ATLANTA -- The Fulton County Taxpayers Foundation has let go of its Executive Director and other office staff and is no longer accepting new property tax appeals, Atlanta Progressive News has learned, as sources familiar with the matter say ...

Jack Jersawitz, 1934-2012, !Presente!

  (APN) ATLANTA -- Jack Jersawitz, a radical leftist activist and commentator with over thirty years of significant contributions to Atlanta and Georgia politics, has passed away, Atlanta Progressive News has learned. Jersawitz was 78.  He died ...

Atlanta Council Raises Own Pay, Supports Same-sex Marriage

(APN) ATLANTA -- The City Council of Atlanta approved a fifty percent pay raise for Council Members and a substantial increase for the Mayor of Atlanta, during its Full Council Meeting on Monday, December 03,  2012. In addition, the Council approv...

Israeli Peace Activist Visits Atlanta

An earlier version of this article was edited by Bob Goodman and circulated via the Human Rights Atlanta email group. (APN) DECATUR -- With Palestine having been recognized as a state by the United Nations on Thursday, November 29, 2012, it is cle...

People TV May Get Two More Years (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA -- People TV, the non-profit organization which has managed the City of Atlanta’s public access channel for community news since at least the 1980’s, might get two more years of funding from the City, Atlanta Progressive News has lea...

350.org Holds Climate Change Awareness Event in Atlanta

(APN) ATLANTA -- Tuesday, November 20, 2012, at the Variety Playhouse, Bill McKibben, President and Co-Founder of 350.org, spoke to a sold-out audience of several hundred Metro Atlantans about the global social problem of climate change. 350.org i...

(IPS) Older, Wiser, and Living with HIV/AIDS

  ATLANTA, Georgia, Nov 26 2012 (IPS) - When HIV/AIDS first emerged in the 1980s, the stereotypical image of a person living with the disease in the United States was a young or middle-aged white homosexual male. For decades, that stigma has persi...

Summary Judgment Sought in Secret Vote Case

(APN) ATLANTA -- After nearly three years of litigation, including all the way up to the Supreme Court of Georgia, all the way back down, and through six months of discovery, a dispositive motion has been filed in the secret vote case.  A copy...

Seven Years of APN, Fundraiser Update

(APN) ATLANTA -- Upon the occasion of next week's seven year anniversary of Atlanta Progressive News, News Editor and Founder Matthew Charles Cardinale released the following statement: #### If you had told me seven years ago that the online news ...

Obama, Rep. Barrow Win Reelection; Hill Defeats Sen. Stoner

(APN) ATLANTA -- Among Tuesday’s election results, President Barack Obama won reelection; US Rep. John Barrow (D-GA) won reelection; and Hunter Hill, a Republican, defeated State Sen. Doug Stoner, a moderate Democrat.  This article reviews a n...

Charter School Amendment Passes, Faces Court Battle

(APN) ATLANTA -- A controversial ballot measure that would create a new State agency to approve of charter schools that are rejected by their local school boards and by the State Board of Education, was approved by Georgia voters during Tuesda...

Ethics Office Dismisses Willis FogFuels Case

(APN) ATLANTA -- The Ethics Office of the City of Atlanta has dismissed a complaint filed by the News Editor of the Atlanta Progressive News--the present writer--against Councilman Lamar Willis (Post 3-at-large).The present writer filed the co...

(IPS) Victories for Marijuana Legalisation, Same-Sex Marriage in US Elections

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2012/11/victories-for-marijuana-legalisation-same-sex-marriage-in-u-s-polls/ ATLANTA, Georgia, Nov 7 2012 (IPS) - In addition to the victories of the Democr...

(IPS) Voter Suppression Tactics Likely to Affect US Elections

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2012/11/voter-suppression-tactics-likely-to-affect-u-s-election/ ATLANTA, Georgia, Nov 5 2012 (IPS) - Voter suppression has reached new heights in the Unite...

Out-of-State Corporate Interests Fund Charter School Amendment Push

(APN) ATLANTA -- Out-of-state corporate interests have spent millions of dollars to fund the campaign in favor of the constitutional amendment referendum related to charter schools that appears on the November 06, 2012 General Election ballot....

Beltline, TAD Bond Cases Return to Georgia Supreme Court

(APN) ATLANTA -- Two companion cases related to the Atlanta Beltline and Atlanta Perry-Bolton Tax Allocation Districts (TADs) are headed to the Supreme Court of Georgia, where the TADs and the Atlanta Beltline are no new topic, Atlanta Progres...

Councilman Willis Threatens Citizen during Committee Meeting (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA -- At the Tuesday, October 30, 2012 Public Safety/Legal Administration Cmte Meeting of the City Council of Atlanta, Councilman Lamar Willis (Post 3-at-large), threatened Ron Shakir, a Southwest Atlanta activist and one of the...

Closed Transportation Briefing Has Quorum, Tries to Keep Fox 5 Out

(APN) ATLANTA -- The ongoing saga regarding the City Council of Atlanta’s closed-door Committee Briefings has taken a new turn, as the City of Atlanta and four Council Members clearly violated the Georgia Open Meetings Act yesterday, October 2...

(IPS) Southern US States Inch Towards Renewable Energy

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press service website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2012/10/southern-u-s-states-inch-towards-renewable-energy/ ATLANTA, Georgia, Oct 29 2012 (IPS) - With the U.S. East Coast virtually shutting down Monday wit...

Mayor Reed Seeks to Silence National Website

(APN) ATLANTA -- Mayor Kasim Reed is using a high-priced law firm to attempt to silence a national website, Lipstick Alley, after some of its users on an open forum published comments that Reed claims are libelous.On October 08, 2012, J. Rando...

Charter Schools Underperform in Georgia, US, despite Potential Brain Drain

With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.(APN) ATLANTA -- Georgia voters are currently being faced with a referendum on a possible constitutional amendment which claims as its goal to provide “for improving student achievement” by...

Common Cause Georgia Makes Progress on Pay-to-Play Reform

(APN) ATLANTA -- Just over a year since the Board of Commissioners of Fulton County rejected pay-to-play reform, and just a few months since Mayor Kasim Reed bashed the notion of pay-to-play reform during remarks before the City Council of Atl...

APN Endorses Staples, Ploeger for PSC

(APN) ATLANTA - The Board of Directors of Atlanta Progressive News is pleased to announce that APN is endorsing David Staples and Brad Ploeger for the General Election for Public Service Commission Districts 5 and 3, respectively.Staples and ...

APN Chat with David Staples, PSC District 5, Libertarian Nominee

(APN) ATLANTA -- In our continuing coverage of two statewide races this year for Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC), Atlanta Progressive News sat down for an interview with David Staples, the Libertarian nominee for the District 5 PSC sea...

APN Chat with Brad Ploeger, PSC District 3, Libertarian Nominee

(APN) ATLANTA -- Brad Ploeger, the Libertarian nominee for Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) District 3, will be on the General Election ballot this coming November 06, 2012.  He faces incumbent Chuck Eaton, a Republican; and Steve Oppen...

APN Chat with Steve Oppenheimer, PSC District 3 Democratic Nominee

With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale, News Editor.(APN) ATLANTA -- Steve Oppenheimer, Democratic nominee Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) District 3, will be on the General Election ballot this coming November 06, 2012....

(IPS) US Consumer Protection Agency Begins its Work

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2012/09/u-s-consumer-protection-agency-takes-on-financial-tricks-and-traps/ ATLANTA, Georgia, Sep 27 2012 (IPS) - In the wake of the epidemic of home for...

Atlanta Overrides BZA in Settlement on Historic Building, Crum & Forster

(APN) ATLANTA -- The City of Atlanta has entered into a Consent Order with the Georgia Tech Foundation Real Estate Holding Corporation (GTF) to allow the demolition of the historic Crum & Forster Building in Atlanta’s West Midtown neighbor...

Atlanta: Affordable Lindbergh’s Last Stand

(APN) ATLANTA -- A controversial rezoning proposal in Atlanta’s Lindbergh community, to be considered for the second time by the City Council of Atlanta on Monday, October 01, 2012, will in part determine the fate of some two hundred low-incom...

Mayor’s Panhandling Proposal Allows 180 Days in Jail, Even on First Offense (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA -- Mayor Kasim Reed said that he was vetoing legislation that passed City Council concerning aggressive panhandling because it was cruel, harsh, and inhumane; however, Atlanta Progressive News has learned that the Mayor’s proposa...

Atlanta City Utilities Briefings Opened to the Public

(APN) ATLANTA -- The Committee Briefings of the City Utilities Cmte of the City Council of Atlanta are now open to the public, Atlanta Progressive News has confirmed. As previously reported by APN, for the past several years, all seven Counci...

Medea Benjamin Discusses US Drones during Atlanta Visit

By Courtney Hanson, Special to The Atlanta Progressive News (APN) DECATUR -- The Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition hosted Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink and Global Exchange and author of the recent book Drone Warfare: Killing by Remo...

Willis Threatens APN with Lawsuit as Ethics Complaint Filed

(APN) ATLANTA -- Late Monday evening, September 17, 2012, Atlanta Progressive News revealed the existence of an email which shows the CEO of FogFuels announcing that Councilman Lamar Willis (Post 3-large) had been appointed to the company’s te...

Willis Pushed Sole Source Contract despite Apparent Financial Interest (UPDATE 1)

UPDATE: APN has received an email from Willis stating "I have NEVER worked for nor have I ever been offered employment with Fog Fuels!  Further, I have never received any type of consideration or remuneration from Fog Fuels or any of its owners." ...

Adam Shapiro, ~1951-2012, !Presente!

(APN) ATLANTA -- Adam Shapiro, host of Current Events on WRFG 89.3 FM radio and a long-time progressive activist in Atlanta, who fought for social change despite obstacles associated with his being completely blind, has died.  He is believed t...

BREAKING: Simms Out at Atlanta Housing Authority

(APN) ATLANTA -- Barney Simms, the number two smiling face behind mass demolition of public housing and mass displacement of low-income residents in Atlanta, is no longer working at the Atlanta Housing Authority, Atlanta Progressive News has l...

APN, FCTF issue Joint Statement on MARTA CEO Selections Process

September 13, 2012JOINT STATEMENT BY JOHN SHERMAN, PRESIDENT OF FULTON COUNTY TAXPAYERS FOUNDATION (FCTF); AND MATTHEW CHARLES CARDINALE, PRESIDENT OF ATLANTA PROGRESSIVE NEWS (APN) Out of our mutual concerns for transparency, accountability, ...

Georgia Presidential Ballot Access Case Stalls in Federal Court (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA -- A lawsuit challenging the ballot access requirements in the State of Georgia for minor party and independent candidates for President of the US was dismissed, and yet the judge has yet to rule for nearly two months on a motion...

Atlanta Council Advances Sole Source Contract on Grease Processing

(APN) ATLANTA -- At the Full Council Meeting of the City Council of Atlanta on Tuesday, August 04, 2012, the Council approved legislation allowing Mayor Kasim Reed's administration to move forward on negotiating a controversial sole source contrac...

Panhandling Proposals Likely Unconstitutional; CSO Never Enforced

(APN) ATLANTA -- Today, the City Council of Atlanta is hosting a second Work Session on proposed changes to the City’s Commercial Solicitation Ordinance (CSO), which has not been enforced since its enactment in 2005.  However, Atlanta Progress...

Channel 2 Errs on Task Force, CBS 46 Errs on Panhandling

(APN) ATLANTA - Over the past few days Channel 2 WSB-TV News and Channel 46 CBS Atlanta have ran stories making major errors in regards to issues affecting homeless people in Atlanta.Channel 2 ran a report stating that the largest shelter in t...

Charter School Referendum about Local Control, State Funding

With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.(APN) ATLANTA -- During the November 06, 2012 General Election, Georgia voters will be presented with a referendum over whether to allow a Georgia Charter School Commission (GCSC) to overri...

(IPS) Government, Industry Partner to Promote Electric Cars

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2012/08/u-s-government-and-industry-partner-to-promote-electric-cars/ ATLANTA, Aug 29 2012 (IPS) - A 120-million-dollar grant from the U.S. Department of En...

Beltline TADAC Report: Refine Affordable Housing Program

(APN) ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Beltline is not meeting its affordable housing goals and its affordable housing program needs to be refined, according to a report commissioned by the Atlanta Beltline Tax Allocation District Advisory Committee (TAD...

Moore Opens Up Atlanta’s Finance Briefings to Citizens

(APN) ATLANTA -- Councilwoman Felicia Moore (District 9), a strong progressive leader and champion of oversight on the City Council of Atlanta, has opened up her Finance/Executive Committee Briefings for members of the public to attend, Atlant...

Davenport, Jones, Mabra win State Legislative Run-offs

(APN) ATLANTA -- In the Partisan Primary Run-off Elections held on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, State Sen. Gail Davenport (D-Atlanta) retained the State Senate District 44 seat, while LaDawn Blackett Jones “LBJ” won in House District 62, and Ronn...

(IPS) Empty Condos Hold Opportunity in US Housing Crunch

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at http://www.ipsnews.net/2012/08/empty-condos-hold-opportunity-in-u-s-housing-crunch/ ATLANTA, Georgia, Aug 7 2012 (IPS) - Even as thousands of families in the United States remain h...

Beltline Inc.’s Leary Is Out, but Bigger Problems Persist

(APN) ATLANTA -- CEO Brian Leary of Atlanta Beltline Inc. (ABI) was terminated at a Special Call Meeting of the Board of Directors on yesterday, August 17, 2012, after a week of daily articles in the Atlanta-Journal Constitution newspaper (AJC...

Atlanta Watershed Director Macrina Faces New Lawsuits, Complaints

(APN) ATLANTA -- When Mayor Kasim Reed nominated Jo Ann Macrina to be the new Commissioner of Watershed Management for the City of Atlanta, Atlanta Progressive News received tips from numerous former employees of Macrina at DeKalb County, wher...

FAA Letters May Jeopardize Airport Concessions Contracts

(APN) ATLANTA -- The Federal Aviation Administration sent a second set of letters dated August 09, 2012, regarding the minority and disadvantaged business status of four companies that received a large proportion of airport concessions contrac...

People TV, Inc., Winding Down, Preparing Dissolution (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA -- People TV, Inc., is winding down as an organization in what appears to be the final months of the historic Atlanta institution, and is preparing to formally dissolve as a corporation with the office of the Secretary of State o...

Fulton Rejects Atlanta IGA without Bullhook Ban

(APN) ATLANTA -- On August 01, 2012, the Board of Commissioners of Fulton County voted down a request to enter into a new Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) to provide animal control services for the City of Atlanta.  While the vote took place...

(IPS) Waste Issue Halts U.S. Nuclear Reactor Licensing

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2012/08/waste-issue-halts-u-s-nuclear-reactor-licensing/ ATLANTA, Georgia, Aug 9 2012 (IPS) - The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which oversees commercial nuc...

Fulton, APS Concerned about Atlanta TAD Fund Balances

(APN) ATLANTA -- Fulton County and Atlanta Public Schools are concerned about the recent performance audit by Leslie Ward, City of Atlanta auditor, regarding the ten City of Atlanta Tax Allocation Districts (TADs).TADs are systems where govern...

Thomas, Gardner, Bell, Waites Prevail; T-SPLOST Defeated

(APN) ATLANTA -- During the July 31, 2012, Partisan Primary and Non-partisan General Election, progressive candidates for State House races in the Atlanta area--including former State Rep. “Able” Mable Thomas (D-Atlanta), and State Reps. Pat G...

Mayor Reed Continues Pattern of Vicious Attacks

(APN) ATLANTA -- Joe Beasley, John Evans, Vincent Fort, William Perry, Common Cause, Tim Franzen, Occupy Atlanta: what do these people and organizations have in common?  They have all been the focal points, at different times, of vicious, publ...

Rep. Taylor’s Undisclosed Contributions Surpass 24,000 Dollars

(APN) ATLANTA -- State Rep. Rashad Taylor (D-Atlanta), who is in a heated Democratic Primary with incumbent State Rep. Pat Gardner (D-Atlanta), has undisclosed campaign contributions now totaling over twenty-four thousand dollars.  The new tot...

Copeland, Mabra, Pritchett Responses to HD63 Questionnaire

(APN) ATLANTA -- In our continuing coverage of the upcoming July 31, 2012, Partisan Primary and Non-Partisan General Election, Atlanta Progressive News sent questionnaires to all three candidates in the House District 63 race: TJ Copeland, Ron...

US Rep. Lewis Response to APN Questionnaire

(APN) ATLANTA -- As part of our coverage of the upcoming July 31, 2012, Partisan Primary and Non-partisan General Election, Atlanta Progressive News requested interviews with incumbent US Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and Michael Johnson, the two can...

Bond Seeks More Prison for Aggressive Panhandlers in Atlanta

(APN) ATLANTA -- Councilman Michael Julian Bond (Post 1-at-large), who serves as Chair of the Public Safety/Legal Administration (PS/LA) Cmte of the City Council of Atlanta, has introduced legislation which seeks to increase the penalty for in...

Overview of Fulton Races 2012 Part Two: Tax Commissioner, Etc.

(APN) ATLANTA -- There are a number of races on the July 31 Partisan Primary Election and Non-partisan General Election ballot for races involving elected positions at the Fulton County level.These races include Primary Elections for District ...

Overview of 2012 Fulton County Races: Sheriff, Court Clerk, DA

(APN) ATLANTA -- There are a number of races on the July 31 Partisan Primary Election and Non-partisan General Election ballot involving elected positions at the Fulton County level.These races include Primary Elections for District Attorney f...

Judges: A. Taylor, Mabra, Johnson Not Qualified for House, Judicial Races

(APN) ATLANTA -- Administrative law judges (ALJs) have ruled in three different residency challenge cases that three respective candidates--Anne Taylor, candidate for State House District 39 (South Cobb); Ronnie Mabra, candidate for House Dist...

Arrington Jr., Carr Responses to APN HD 62 Questionnaire

(APN) ATLANTA -- In our continuing coverage of State House races, we sent questionnaires to the candidates in the HD 62 race.  Candidates Marvin Arrington, Jr., and Kip Carr provided their responses; Benny Crane failed to respond to an email a...

Phelps, Rep. Kaiser Respond to APN HD59 Questionnaire

(APN) ATLANTA -- William Phelps and State Rep. Margaret Kaiser (D-Atlanta) have provided their responses to the Atlanta Progressive News Candidate Questionnaire for State House District 59.Charter schools, as noted below, emerged as a major is...

Lawsuits Challenge Beltline Inc.'s Existence, Beltline TAD, and Perry/Bolton TAD

(APN) ATLANTA -- Three different lawsuits, where John Woodham serves as legal counsel, are pending in the courts that challenge various aspects of the Beltline, the Beltline Tax Allocation District (TAD), and the Perry/Bolton TAD, Atlanta Prog...

Rep. Taylor Still Missing 2011 Disclosure, Owes $750 in Fines (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA -- State Rep. Rashad Taylor (D-Atlanta) has yet to to file his Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report to the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, which was due June 30, 2011, and he currently owes 750...

Atlanta Allows Beltline, TAD Funds to be Squandered

(APN) ATLANTA -- A recent audit report reveals that the City of Atlanta has failed to exercise sufficient oversight over various Tax Allocation District (TAD) funds, meaning that taxpayer dollars from the City of Atlanta, Fulton County, and th...

APN Endorses Patillo, Thomas, Gardner, Bell, No T-SPLOST

(APN) ATLANTA -- The Board of Directors of the Atlanta Progressive News has issued the following endorsements in our first round of endorsements for this 2012 election cycle.  We are endorsing in four State House races (HD 53, HD 56, HD 57, HD...

Rep. Tinubu Now US House Nominee in South Carolina, Gave up Georgia House Seat

(APN) ATLANTA -- Former State Rep. Gloria Bromell Tinubu (D-Atlanta), a progressive Democrat who served less than one full term in the General Assembly of Georgia, is now the Democratic nominee for US Congress for the newly apportioned Seventh...

Gary Davis, Candidate in HD 60 Race, Dies Suddenly

(APN) ATLANTA -- Gary “PeeWee” Davis, an advocate for the less fortunate and candidate for the State House District 60 seat, has died, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.Davis, 36, was not aware that he had kidney failure until he went to th...

(IPS) US Sees Greatest Reduction in CO2 Emissions

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2012/06/u-s-sees-greatest-reduction-in-co2-emissions/ ATLANTA, Georgia, Jun 30 2012 (IPS) - According to a recent report by the International Energy Agency,...

(IPS) US Agency Gave Nuclear Industry a Sweet Deal, Documents Reveal

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2012/06/u-s-agency-gave-nuclear-industry-a-sweet-deal-documents-reveal/ ATLANTA, Georgia, Jun 30 2012 (IPS) - The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) ...

(IPS) Marijuana Reform May Have Hit Tipping Point

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2012/06/u-s-marijuana-reform-may-have-hit-tipping-point/ ATLANTA, Georgia, Jun 26 2012 (IPS) - Over the last several years, many U.S. states have quietly ad...

Race, Party, and Buckhead-Baiting in HD57 Primary (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA -- The House District 57 is quickly turning into one of the ugliest Atlanta political races in recent years, with the campaign of State Rep. Rashad Taylor (D-Atlanta) and his supporters apparently engaging in using political part...

“No City” Movement Opposes Brookhaven’s Incorporation

(APN) DEKALB COUNTY -- During the July 31, 2012, Primary Election, residents of a proposed new City of Brookhaven will decide whether to incorporate and form a new city out of an area that is now unincorporated DeKalb County.On March 31, 2012...

Rep. Jones Responds to APN HD53 Questionnaire

(APN) ATLANTA -- In the Atlanta Progressive News coverage of contested Primary Elections for State House races this season, APN has so far printed questionnaire responses from seven out of nine candidates in four different races.So far, APN h...

Britt, Former Rep. Thomas Respond to APN HD56 Questionnaire

(APN) ATLANTA -- In our coverage of State House races this year, Atlanta Progressive News recently sent questionnaires to nine candidates in four different races.One of those races, House District 56, involves one former legislator, State Rep...

Rep. Taylor Accuses APN of Homophobic Conspiracy

(APN) ATLANTA -- Today, State Rep. Rashad Taylor (D-Atlanta) publicly accused the Atlanta Progressive News of engaging in a two-year conspiracy, in conjunction with political operatives, to produce homophobic mailers targeting Mr. Taylor as we...

Reps. Bell, Long Responses to APN HD58 Questionnaire (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA -- In our coverage of State House races this year, Atlanta Progressive News recently sent questionnaires to nine candidates in four different races.One of those races, House District 58 involves two Democratic incumbents, State ...

Mayor’s Senior Aide Retraces Statements on Bullhook

(APN) ATLANTA -- As previously reported by Atlanta Progressive News, David Bennett, Senior Policy Advisor to Mayor Kasim Reed and a former reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper, made a false statement to the Public Safety/Leg...

Rep. Pat Gardner’s Responses to APN HD57 Questionnaire (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA -- In our coverage of State House races this year, Atlanta Progressive News recently sent questionnaires to nine candidates in four different races.One of those races, House District 57, involves two Democratic incumbents, State...

Esteves, Patillo Responses to APN HD53 Questionnaire

(APN) ATLANTA -- In our coverage of State House races this year, Atlanta Progressive News recently sent questionnaires to nine candidates in four different races.One of those races, House District 53, involves two challengers, Jason Esteves a...

Atlanta Council Panel Upholds Elephant Torture

(APN) ATLANTA -- In a five to two vote, the Public Safety/Legal Administration Cmte of the City Council of Atlanta, voted on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, to approve an ordinance regarding animal abuse that does not include protections for elephants...

ANALYSIS: T-SPLOST, the Beltline, and Gentrification

(APN) ATLANTA -- The T-SPLOST--a one penny sales tax measure intended to fund transportation projects in the Metro Atlanta area--will be on Metro Atlanta ballots on July 31, 2012.  One controversial project that would be funded through the T-S...

Questions Surround Rep. Rashad Taylor's Residency

(APN) ATLANTA -- Numerous questions surround the residency of State Rep. Rashad Taylor (D-Atlanta), and the legislator has not maintained complete records of his address with the office of the Secretary of State of Georgia, Atlanta Progressive...

Minor Parties Sue Over Presidential Ballot Access in Georgia (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA -- On Friday, May 25, 2012, the Green Party of Georgia and the Constitution Party of Georgia filed a lawsuit in US District Court against the State of Georgia and Secretary of State Brian Kemp challenging the ballot access requir...

(IPS) Election Year Sees Increasingly Polarised US Congress

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=108098. ATLANTA, Georgia, Jun 9, 2012 (IPS) - All signs are pointing to a more polarised, less moderate U.S. Congress in the near future.Th...

Mayor Reed Knocks Bain on NBC, Hired Bain Workers, Used Bain Tactics (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA -- Mayor Kasim Reed, as part of his apparent ambitions to join the Administration of President Barack Obama, appeared on NBC's national television program, Meet the Press, as a surrogate for the Obama Campaign.During his visit, ...

Public Defender Faints at Council Meeting after Willis Interrogation

(APN) ATLANTA -- Rosalie Joy, Interim Director of the Office of the Public Defender of the City of Atlanta, fainted while being questioned by Councilman Lamar Willis (Post 3-at-large) at a meeting of the Public Safety/Legal Administration Comm...

Overview of PSC, US House, and Statewide Judicial Races 2012

(APN) ATLANTA -- Qualifying for the upcoming July 31, 2012, Primary and Nonpartisan Elections began on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, and ended on Friday, May 25.Among the races appearing on July 31 ballots will be statewide races for the Georgia P...

Overview of State House and Senate Races 2012 (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA -- Qualifying for the upcoming July 31, 2012, Primary and Nonpartisan Elections began on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, and ended on Friday, May 25. Among the races appearing on July 31 ballots will be State House and Senate seats acros...

Two Arrested at Emory Protesting Chimpanzee Research

(APN) ATLANTA -- Two activists--Sarita Raturi and Julie Robertson--were arrested on Monday, May 21, 2012, blocking the entrance to Emory University, to bring attention to the plight of Wenka, a 58 year-old chimpanzee, who has been used as a re...

(IPS) Citizens Challenge Corporate Ties to ALEC, Heartland Institute

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=107894. ATLANTA, Georgia, May 23, 2012 (IPS) - A coalition of advocacy groups is targeting corporate support for the right-wing Heartland Insti...

Three APS Board Members Not Planning to Run Again (UPDATE 1)

UPDATE: A previous version of this article stated that two sources had said that a fourth member of the APS BOE, LaChandra Butler Burks, was not planning to run again as well.  Burks, who had not returned a voicemail left by APN in time for public...

Part 4: Small Business Compliance Issues at New Airport Terminal

(APN) ATLANTA -- As previously reported by Atlanta Progressive News, the Federal Aviation Administration sent a letter to the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the City of Atlanta, and others regarding the airport’s non-compliance with...

PART 3: Atlanta Airport Concessions Move Forward despite FAA Letter

(APN) ATLANTA -- The City Council of Atlanta voted on April 30, 2012, to move forward with new concessions contracts, instead of delaying them ninety days, despite revelations that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has determined that ...

Former State Rep. Mable Thomas Running for Ashe's Former Seat

(APN) ATLANTA -- Former State Rep. "Able" Mable Thomas, who previously served in the State House of Representatives, will be running for the seat of former State Rep. Kathy Ashe (D-Atlanta), the candidate told Atlanta Progressive News.Due to r...

Foreclosure Prevention Aid Slow to Reach Georgians

(APN) ATLANTA -- The State of Georgia has received over 339 million dollars from the Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) program and that money is intended to assist Georgians facing foreclosure.  However, these funds have been slow to reach Georgians and ...

Atlanta’s Secret Vote Lawsuit Back in Superior Court

(APN) ATLANTA -- Following a landmark ruling by the Supreme Court of Georgia on February 06, 2012, the secret vote lawsuit filed by the News Editor of Atlanta Progressive News--the present writer--against the City of Atlanta has returned to Fu...

3am Home Eviction in DeKalb Sparks Outrage

By Scott Brown, Special to the Atlanta Progressive News(APN) DEKALB COUNTY -- In the early morning hours of Wednesday, May 02, 2012, over twenty deputies from the Dekalb County Sheriff's Department, under orders from Sheriff Thomas Brown, drill...

CBS Richmond Examines AHA’s Demolition Model

(APN) ATLANTA -- A CBS affiliate based in Richmond, Virginia, visited Atlanta in March 2012 after Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones has said he wants the city to emulate Atlanta’s model of mass public housing demolitions and mass evictions of reside...

Activists See Gold Dome Support for Marijuana Reform

(APN) ATLANTA -- On April 20, 2012, several organizations that advocate for marijuana policy reform held their annual 420 rally at the Georgia Capitol.Co-sponsors of the event included Group Civil Disobedience (Non-violent); Georgia for Canna...

APN Chat with Michael Johnson, Congressional Candidate

(APN) ATLANTA -- Former Fulton County Superior Court Judge Michael Johnson is challenging US Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) in the Democratic Primary this year for the fifth Congressional District of Georgia.In 2010, Lewis faced no opposition except Fenn ...

(IPS) Citizens Reclaim Energy Cooperatives

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=107625. ATLANTA, Georgia, Apr 30, 2012 (IPS) - As the United Nations and countries around the world look at cooperatives as an alternative econ...

(IPS) In Debt Debate, Most US Voters Prefer Tax Fairness to Cuts

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=107590 ATLANTA, April 26, 2012 (IPS) - A giant digital "clock" on Sixth Avenue in New York keeps track of a number, currently at 15.6 trillion ...

(IPS) Legal Challenges Counter Plans for New Nuclear Reactors

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=107557. ATLANTA, Georgia, April 24, 2012 (IPS) - Until this past February, the last time new nuclear power construction was approved in the...

AHA Commissioner Wayne Jones, 1935-2012, Presente!

(APN) ATLANTA -- Wayne Jones, 77, Member of the Board of Commissioners of the Atlanta Housing Authority, who served as a resident representative since 2010, died on Friday, April 20, 2012, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.Jones was nomina...

McKinney Campaign Announcement Expected Soon

(APN) ATLANTA -- Former US Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) is expected to soon issue a formal announcement that she is running for her old seat in the Georgia’s fourth Congressional District, to challenge US Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) in the Genera...

APS Board Votes to Close Seven Schools, Preserve Three More

(APN) ATLANTA -- On April 10, 2012, the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education unanimously voted at a meeting held at Jackson High School, to close seven out of ten schools that at the time were being proposed by Superintendent Errol Davis ...

APN Celebrates One Thousand News Articles

(APN) ATLANTA -- Upon the recent publication by Atlanta Progressive News of its one thousandth, original full-length news article, APN's News Editor, Matthew Cardinale, released the following statement:####Dear APN Readers,I'm writing to share wit...

Coan Middle School Spared in APS Closures Battle

With additional reporting by Matthew Cardinale, News Editor.  Photograph by Marko Robinson. (APN) ATLANTA -- Parents scored a recent victory when Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Erroll Davis announced that Coan Middle School was no longer...

AG Olens Ignored State EPD in Clean Air Challenge

(APN) ATLANTA -- Sam Olens, the Attorney General of the State of Georgia, sought but ultimately ignored the advice of Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division (EPD), in a legal challenge of new rules issued by the US Environmental Protection Ag...

Cynthia McKinney Running For US House on Green Party Ticket

  (APN) ATLANTA -- Former US Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) is planning to run for Georgia's 4th US Congressional seat as a member of the Green Party, the candidate told Atlanta Progressive News. McKinney is planning to attempt to gather all of some...

(IPS) Forming Coalitions, Tea Party Continues to Brew

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=107266. ATLANTA, Georgia, March 30, 2012 (IPS) - In the three years since its inception, the Tea Party has cemented its place in U.S. politics, ...

Occupy Atlanta, Tea Party Patriots Defeat SB 469

(APN) ATLANTA -- Thursday, March 29, 2012, the last day of the General Assembly, began for Occupy Atlanta, unions, religious leaders, leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, community activists, and the Tea Party at 9:30am with a prayer vigil outsid...

Occupy Atlanta Claims Partial Victory in AT&T Protest

(APN) ATLANTA -- Today, Monday, March 26, 2012, Occupy Atlanta, Communication Workers of America (CWA) Local 3204, and Atlanta Jobs with Justice announced a historic victory in preventing over 250 layoffs at AT&T.  The coalition claims that th...

Atlanta Council Rejects Undermining Ethics Board’s Independence

(APN) ATLANTA -- On Monday, March 19, 2012, in a 12 to 1 vote, the City Council of Atlanta rejected a proposal by Councilman Lamar Willis (Post 3-at-large) that would have reduced the independence of the City of Atlanta’s Board of Ethics.Meanwhile...

Citizens Rally, Speak Out against SB 469

(APN) ATLANTA -- On Saturday, March 17, 2012, over forty organizations and two thousand citizens gathered at the State Capitol to "kill the bill." SB 469--which as previously reported by Atlanta Progressive News, would make protesting on private p...

(IPS) Urban Chicken-Keeping Movement Spreads Its Wings

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=107097 ATLANTA, Georgia, Mar 16, 2012 (IPS) - With increasing concerns about the economy and environmental sustainability on the minds of man...

Part 2: City Misportrayed AG’s Advice on Airport Records

(APN) ATLANTA -- The City of Atlanta Department of Law misrepresented to City Council Members the advice provided to them by the office of the Attorney General of Georgia related to airport concessions bidding records and the Georgia Open Records ...

Major Changes at Creative Loafing, Atlanta Daily World

(APN) ATLANTA -- The media landscape continues to shift as Creative Loafing Atlanta magazine continues to slice its news staff by letting people go, and as the Atlanta Daily World newspaper is sold to a national chain of historically Black newspap...

Fulton Judge Refuses to Halt Airport Contracts

(APN) ATLANTA -- In a ruling, dated Monday, March 12, 2012, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Wright ruled that her court did not have jurisdiction to issue a temporary injunction on behalf of four protesting bidders for concessions at At...

Benfield to Leave Legislature, Was Paired with Incumbent

By Shane Patrick Cunningham, Special to The Atlanta Progressive News.  (APN) ATLANTA -- State Rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield (D-Decatur) announced on February 22, 2012, that she would not be running for reelection this year and that she would beg...

Pending Parks Legislation Would Impact Occupy Atlanta

(APN) ATLANTA -- Three proposed city ordinances, currently up for consideration this Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at the Community Development/Human Resources (CD/HR) Committee, would add new restrictions to what citizens can do in public parks.Some o...

Two Years Later, Atlanta Council Discloses Secret Vote

(APN) ATLANTA -- On Monday, March 05, 2012, the City Council of Atlanta unanimously approved a resolution to amend the minutes of the February 2010 Council Retreat, to reflect the names of those Council Members voting for or against a proposal rel...

Georgia Legislature Crossover Day, An Overview

With additional reporting by Gloria Tatum. (APN) ATLANTA -- Yesterday, March 07, 2012, was Crossover Day for the Georgia General Assembly, the final day for legislation pass either the House or the Senate to be able to pass both chambers this year...

Georgians Rally for “Quitman Ten Plus Two”

(APN) QUITMAN -- On Saturday, February 25, 2012, over five hundred Georgia citizens marched in support of the Quitman Ten Plus Two.  As previously reported by Atlanta Progressive News, the twelve have been accused of voter fraud in a local Board o...

Atlanta Renews MOST; Obama, Gingrich Win Georgia (UPDATE 1)

  (APN) ATLANTA -- City of Atlanta voters overwhelmingly supported the renewal of Atlanta's eighth penny of sales tax, during today's Primary Election vote. 85.4 percent of Atlanta voters in Fulton County supported the MOST, with 14.6 percent oppo...

APN Endorsements: No on MOST, No on Primary Choices

(APN) ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Progressive News Board of Directors has made the following endorsements in today's March 06, 2012, election: MUNICIPAL OPTION SALES TAX (MOST) - NO Sales tax is one of the most regressive types of taxes, meaning that i...

City Seeks One Cent Sales Tax Renewal, but Missing Water Deadlines

  (APN) ATLANTA -- Today, Tuesday, March 06, 2012, Atlanta voters will consider the second renewal of the Municipal Option Sales Tax (MOST), a one penny sales tax--Atlanta’s eighth penny--which funds water and sewer infrastructure improvements. As...

SB 469 Would Make Civil Disobedience a Felony in Georgia

(APN) ATLANTA -- SB 469, an anti-union and anti-protest bill, would turn nonviolent civil disobedience into a felony punishable by imprisonment for one year and a fine of ten thousand dollars for organizations and one thousand dollars for individu...

(IPS) Obama's 2013 Budget Slashes Aid for Working Families

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=106894 ATLANTA, Georgia, Feb 29, 2012 (IPS) - The federal budget for fiscal year 2013 proposed by President Barack Obama severely cuts aid for wo...

(IPS) US Voters Increasingly Alienated by Two Major Parties

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2012/02/u-s-voters-increasingly-alienated-by-two-major-parties/ ATLANTA, Georgia, Feb 27 2012 (IPS) - A new book shows there are now more U.S. voters who ide...

PART ONE: Airport Concessions Protests Move Forward

(APN) ATLANTA -- Four companies that bid for food and beverage concessions contracts at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport are moving forward with their protests after the City of Atlanta denied their initial appeals, Atlanta Progr...

Bill Would Promote Solar Power in Georgia by Breaking Utility’s Monopoly

(APN) ATLANTA -- Senate Bill 401 is a new, bipartisan bill introduced in Georgia’s State Senate would encourage private investment in solar power, stimulate the economic growth of Georgia, and enhance the continued diversification of the energy re...

ANALYSIS: Olens's Sunshine Revisions a Mixed Bag

  (APN) ATLANTA -- Subcommittee Two of the Georgia House Judiciary (Civil) Commmittee, chaired by State Rep. Mike Jacobs (R-DeKalb), will be considering HB 397 today, Wednesday, February 22, 2012, HB 397, legislation to drastically revise Georgia'...

(IPS) US States Grapple with Exploding Prison Populations

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=106837 ATLANTA, Georgia, Feb 21, 2012 (IPS) - Budget constraints combined with exploding prison populations are prompting a number of U.S. st...

Georgia Third Party Ballot Access Bill Passes House Committee

  (APN) ATLANTA -- HB 949, a bill that would slightly reduce the number of petition signatures required by an independent or third party candidate running for office in Georgia, has passed the Georgia House Committee on Governmental Affairs. While...

Advocates, Experts Blast Welfare Drug Testing Bill at Hearing

(APN) ATLANTA -- At a legislative hearing on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, at the Georgia Capitol, State Rep. Jason Spencer (R- Woodbine), one of the co-sponsors of HB 668--which would require people who receive temporary assistance for needy fami...

BREAKING: Stay Granted in Task Force for Homeless Eviction

(APN) ATLANTA -- The Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless appealed an eviction ordered on Thursday, February 09, 2012, by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Craig Schwall.  The appeal was filed with the Court of Appeals of Georgia, according ...

Thirteen Arrested in AT&T Protest held by Occupy Atlanta

  (APN) ATLANTA -- Thirteen people were arrested inside the lobby of the AT&T building at 675 West Peachtree Street today, Monday, February 13, 2012.  The group said they would sit in the lobby until AT&T promised to not layoff 740 union w...

Georgia Considers Reforms to Reduce Prison Population, Costs

  With additional reporting on the Special Council’s recommendations by Matthew Cardinale.(APN) ATLANTA -- This year, the Georgia Legislature is expected to begin considering a package of reforms intended to reduce the state’s prison population as...

Keisha Waites, Perseverance Prevail in Special Election

  (APN) ATLANTA -- Keisha Sean Waites, 39, who has sought public office and come quite close to winning several times, finally pulled off a victory on Tuesday, February 07, 2012.  Waites, who has now sought office nine times, began running for off...

Supreme Court Bans Secret Votes across State of Georgia

  (APN) ATLANTA -- On Monday, February 06, 2012, the Supreme Court of Georgia issued its ruling in the case Cardinale v. City of Atlanta et al., ruling that the Georgia Open Meetings Act indeed requires the listing of the names of those voting aga...

Task Force for Homeless Eviction Granted, Appeal Expected

  (APN) ATLANTA -- Fulton County Superior Court Judge Craig Schwall issued a verbal order--with written ruling forthcoming--on Friday, February 03, 2012, first, evicting Anita and Jim Beaty, Executive Director and Board President of the Metro Atla...

(IPS) HUD Changes Demolition Rules after Abuses by AHA, Others

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service at: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=106648 ATLANTA, Georgia, Feb 3, 2012 (IPS) - Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the publication of a...

(IPS) Building Communities Around Sustainable Food

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=106601 ATLANTA, Georgia, Jan 31, 2012 (IPS) - With more and more communities in the U.S. South turning to cooperatives as a way to produce and co...

(IPS) Plan for Popular Presidential Vote Quietly Advances

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=106564. ATLANTA, Georgia, Jan 26, 2012 (IPS) - Unlike many of the younger democracies around the world, the United States still does not elect it...

Black Leaders Mobilize to Help the Quitman Ten

  (APN) ATLANTA -- Black leaders and elected officials held a press conference at the Georgia State Capitol  on Monday, January 23, 2012, to discuss their concern regarding the Quitman Ten, a group of Black elected officials and voters from Quitma...

APN Chat with HD60 Candidates, Middlebrooks and Waites

  (APN) ATLANTA -- With the Special Election in State House District 60 coming up on DATE, Atlanta Progressive News reached out to all three candidates for an interview on the issues.  Theresa Middlebrooks completed a phone interview and Keisha Wa...

Decatur Opposes Walmart as South Atlanta Begs for One

  (APN) DECATUR -- Good Growth Dekalb (GGD), a neighborhood group, has organized a series of Occupy Walmart protests scheduled for January 20 and 27, 2012, and February 03 and 10.  Many local residents are opposed to the proposed Walmart that will...

Ceasar Mitchell: Council "Made a Mockery" of Themselves

  (APN) ATLANTA -- Shortly after the Committee of the Whole of the City Council of Atlanta went into Executive Session on January 03, 2012, during the debate over concessions contracts at Atlanta's Hartsfield- Jackson International Airport, Counci...

APS Board's New Ethics Commission Has Three Pending Cases

  (APN) ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education has restructured its Ethics Commission, which is tasked with investigating ethics complaints made against Board Members, and the newly re-formed Commission is currently preparing to ...

Waites, Others Run for Vacant State House Seat in Special Election

  Waites Runs for Vacant House Seat in Special Election   (APN) ATLANTA -- Keisha Waites, who recently ran for the Fulton County Board of Commissioners District 6 seat in 2010, is running for an empty State House seat in District 60.  The election...

Shell Bluff Residents Speak Out on Nuclear Reactors

  (APN) SHELL BLUFF, GEORGIA -- On January 07, 2012, a bus carrying members of Georgia Women's Action for New Directions (GA WAND), Georgia Coalition for the People's Agenda, Nuclear Watch South, Grandmothers for Peace, and other concerned citizen...

Effingham County Takes Secret Vote, Atlanta Case Invoked

  (APN) ATLANTA -- The City of Atlanta's secret vote of February 2010 is having repurcussions across the State of State, just as the News Editor of Atlanta Progressive News, the present writer, warned would happen in oral  arguments before the Sup...

BREAKING: Atlanta Violated Charter with Closed Airport Bid Process

  (APN) ATLANTA -- The Fulton County Taxpayers Foundation is preparing to challenge the City of Atlanta's bid selection process and the final bid selections--approved on Tuesday, January 03, 2011, by the City Council--in court, Atlanta Progressive...

(IPS) Defense Act Provides for Indefinite Detention of US Citizens

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service Website at: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=106339 ATLANTA, Georgia, Dec 30, 2011 (IPS) - Civil liberties groups and many citizen activists are outraged over language in the National Defens...

Atlanta Procurement Code Questioned in Travelex Ruling

  (APN) ATLANTA -- In a December 15, 2011, ruling, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Wright put the City of Atlanta on notice that there are problems with the City’s procurement code which make it impossible for bidders who lose contracts...

Moore, Bond Take Issue with Secret Airport Bid Scores

  (APN) ATLANTA -- At the Wednesday, December 14, 2011, meeting of the Transportation Committee of the City Council of Atlanta, Councilwoman Felicia Moore (District 9) took issue with yet  even more secretive information related to the new concess...

Georgia to Receive More LIHEAP Funds for 2012

  (APN) ATLANTA -- The State of Georgia is set to receive an additional disbursement of funding for the low-income energy assistance program, LIHEAP, now that US Congress has decided on a final budget for FY 2012. The US Department of Health and H...

(IPS) US Limits Mercury Pollution as Big Coal Retreats

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=106301. ATLANTA, Georgia, Dec 23, 2011 (IPS) - Environmental advocates praised a recent new rule limiting pollution of mercury and other air toxi...

Reed Rewards Donors, Guards Secrecy in Airport Contracts

  (APN) ATLANTA -- A number of high-profile campaign contributors to Mayor Kasim Reed have received airport contracts, raising concerns about possible pay-to-play, even while Reed's Administration guards all aspects of the bidding process with gre...

US House Bans Synthetic Marijuana after Heated Debate

(APN) ATLANTA -- The US House of Representatives has voted to ban what appear to be a wide array of synethic cannabinoid strains, some which may have been used in herbal incense products in stores in Atlanta and across the US.As previously re...

(IPS) Federal Court Grants Legal Victory to Transgender People

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=106224 ATLANTA, Georgia, Dec 14, 2011 (IPS) - When Vandy Beth Glenn, a transgender woman formerly known as Mr. Glenn Morrison, told her superv...

(IPS) Homeless Play Key Role in Occupy Movement

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=106188. ATLANTA, Georgia, Dec 12, 2011 (IPS) - Homeless people make up a significant proportion of participants in the Occupy Movement in citi...

Former State Sen. Robert Brown, 1950-2011, !Presente!

(APN) ATLANTA -- Former State Sen. Robert Brown, 61, who had served as Georgia State Senate Minority Leader until earlier this year, was found dead this week in an apparent suicide.Brown graduated from Mercer University in Macon, and went on to...

PSC Approves Ten Million in Emergency Heating Aid from USF

  (APN) ATLANTA -- The Georgia Public Service Commission has approved ten million dollars from the Universal Service Fund, to help cover the heating costs of certain low-income people, particularly as US Congress has not yet finalized a 2012 budge...

Video of Student Arrest at Emory Library Troubles Some Activists

  (APN) ATLANTA -- Some progressive activists are concerned about a video recently posted to Youtube that shows Emory University police arresting an Emory PhD student, Joe Diaz. The video, which Atlanta Progressive News reviewed earlier today, is ...

Moore to Chair Finance Committee, Bond to Chair Public Safety

  (APN) ATLANTA -- Two years into the four-year Council term which began in 2010 and will end in 2013, Council President Ceasar Mitchell has announced a few significant changes to the membership and leadership of Atlanta's seven Council committees...

Amos Wins APS BOE Run-off, Raffensperger in Johns Creek

  (APN) ATLANTA -- Byron Amos, the parent and community activist whose work promoting rap artists for UGK Records caused controversy in the community, has been elected to serve as the District 2 representative for the Atlanta Public Schools Board ...

FCC Panel in Atlanta Examines the Future of Media

(APN) ATLANTA -- US Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioners Michael J. Copps and Mignon Clyburn, hosted a forum at Georgia Tech on Information Needs of Atlanta, on December 01, 2011.   About two hundred pe...

Help for Low-Income Atlantans Hangs in Balance as Congress Stalls

  (APN) ATLANTA -- Inaction by the US Congress to make funding decisions regarding programs critical to Atlanta's low-income families--particularly LIHEAP and CSBG--means that even more families than usual this year are facing lack of heating and/...

Atlanta Likely to Fund People TV for Another Year

  (APN) ATLANTA -- The City Council of Atlanta appears likely to approve a funding measure to extend the life of People TV, an Atlanta public access channel, for one year. The Finance/Executive Committee unanimously approved the funding last week,...

AJC Continues Whitewashing Existence of Other Media

  (APN) ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper appears to be engaging in a strategy of whitewashing the existence of other news outlets, except when it serves their purposes to mention them. Previously, Atlanta Progressive News reve...

Martina Correia, 1967-2011, !Presente!

  (APN) ATLANTA -- Martina Correia, the sister of Troy Davis who was his strongest advocate, has succumbed to breast cancer.  She had been diagnosed with breast cancer seven years ago and given six months to live at that time, but she fought to st...

Angela Brown Attack Mailer Distorts APN Interview

(APN) ATLANTA -- A mailer attacking Angela Brown, candidate for Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education District 2, was received by voters throughout District 2 in recent days.  It states "She says she wants Atlanta school children to cross dres...

(IPS) State Sen. Albers Discusses Welfare Drug Test Legislation

A shorter version of this article appeared first on Inter-Press Service's website at: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=106044. ATLANTA, Georgia, U.S., Nov 30, 2011 (IPS) - At least 36 states across the U.S. are proposing laws that would require ...

(IPS) World's Tallest Solar Tower Set for Arizona

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website here: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=105977. ATLANTA, Georgia, Nov 27, 2011 (IPS) - In the western desert state of Arizona, a company called EnviroMission is planning to build ...

AP1000 Design for New Vogtle Reactors a Problem for Georgia Power

  (APN) ATLANTA – The AP1000 Oversight Group, the North Carolina Waste Awareness and Reduction Network (NC WARN), and Friends of the Earth filed a petition November 10, 2011, to require the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to resolve design ...

APN Celebrates Six Years of Publication

  Hey everybody.  It’s me - Matthew Charles Cardinale - News Editor and President of the Atlanta Progressive News.I have great news - yesterday, November 23, 2011, we celebrated our sixth year of publication, which means we are now in our seventh ...

Two Arrested at Stewart Detention Center, One at Fort Benning

  (APN) FORT BENNING, Georgia -- On Friday, November 18, 2011, Chris Spicer from Chicago, Illinois, was arrested at Stewart Detention Center for crossing the police barricade in an act of civil disobedience.  Spicer recently finished serving a si...

41 Days to Black for People TV; Council Slow to Act

  41 Days to Black for People TV; Council Slow to Act By Matthew Cardinale (APN) ATLANTA -- People TV will end its programming on December 31, 2011, if the City Council and Mayor of Atlanta do not take action. As previously reported by Atlanta Pro...

Felicia Moore Draws Early Challenger for 2013

(APN) ATLANTA -- Pastor Stanley Calloway, 45, is planning to challenge Councilwoman Felicia Moore for her District 9 seat in 2013, the candidate told Atlanta Progressive News. "My contemplations are over.  I'm gonna run," he said. Calloway is the ...

Outwrite Books to Leave 10th and Piedmont Location

    (APN) ATLANTA -- Outwrite bookstore, Midtown Atlanta's iconic gay bookstore, will be leaving its  10th and Piedmont location within the next few weeks, signaling a key milestone in Midtown's second-wave gentrification process.  The store opene...

Georgia Legislators Seek to Drug Test Welfare Recipients

  With additional legal reporting by Matthew Cardinale. (APN) ATLANTA -- Yesterday, November 15, 2011, State Rep. Jason Spencer (R - Woodbine) and State Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell) introduced, or pre-filed, legislation requiring drug tests for ap...

Rally to End Marijuana Prohibition Held at Georgia Capitol

(APN) ATLANTA -- About one hundred opponents of marijuana prohibition rallied at the State Capitol on Saturday, November 12, 2011, to help educate the public and to dispel old, worn out myths and misinformation about marijuana.   Organizations rep...

Alleged Homophobic Fraudulent Robocalls in Milton Election

  (APN) ATLANTA -- Alan Tart, the City Councilman in Milton whose election in 2007 was seen as remarkable-- given that Tart is an openly homosexual man living in Georgia's most Republican city--says two robocalls may have led to his recent loss to...

Sunday Sales, E-SPLOST IV Pass; Amos, Brown in APS Run-off

  (APN) ATLANTA -- Sunday alcohol sales passed overwhelmingly in cities across Fulton County, including Atlanta, Alpharetta, East Point, Hapeville, Johns Creek, Milton, Roswell, Sandy Springs, and Union City. Atlantans approved Sunday alcohol sale...

APD Officers Run Motorcycle into Protesters, Charge Horse at Senior

  With additional reporting by Matthew Cardinale. (APN) ATLANTA -- Over one hundred Atlanta Police were out in full force again on the night of Saturday, November 05, 2011, after Occupy Atlanta reoccupied Woodruff Park [also known as Troy Davis pa...

Khaatim El, David Dorsey Fund Brown's APS Campaign

  (APN) ATLANTA -- In the five-person race to elect a replacement for former Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education Chairman Khaatim El (District 2), El has indicated which candidate he is supporting, with his dollars: Angela Brown's October 20...

(IPS) Occupy Movement Divides Civil Rights Activists

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=105667   ATLANTA, Oct 31, 2011 (IPS) - While some veterans of the Civil Rights Movement have joined forces with the Occupy Movement, other ci...

Caldicott Discusses Nuclear Power's Health Effects during Atlanta Visit

  (APN) ATLANTA -- On October 02, 2011, Georgia Women's Action for New Directions (WAND) hosted the world's leading anti-nuclear activist, Dr. Helen Caldicott, at the 7 Stages theatre in Atlanta's Little Five Points community.</p>     Caldic...

Broadbent Inconsistent in Fulton, Milton Statements

  (APN) ATLANTA -- Steve Broadbent, who was the Republican nominee for Chairman of Fulton County in 2010, has made statements in his campaign for Johns Creek City Council which are inconsistent with statements he made in 2010 regarding Fulton Coun...

52 Occupy Atlanta Protesters Arrested

  With additional reporting, including information requests to APD, by Matthew Cardinale. (APN) ATLANTA -- After three previous threats of evictions from the Mayor's office and a continued build-up of police present around Woodruff Park--unoffical...

(IPS) ANALYSIS: Why Innocence Didn't Matter for Troy Davis

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=105613. ATLANTA, Georgia, Oct 26, 2011 (IPS) - "Innocence matters" is one of the slogans used by activists opposing the U.S. state of Georgia's e...

Recall Effort Underway after Mayor Reed's Response to Occupy Atlanta

  (APN) ATLANTA -- Joe Beasley, a veteran activist of the Civil Rights Movement, is organizing an effort to recall Mayor Kasim Reed, after several heated exchanges yesterday between Reed and the Occupy Atlanta Movement. Since declaring his intent ...

Schwall Reverses Own Eviction Order, after Task Force Appeals

  (APN) ATLANTA -- Fulton County Superior Court Judge Craig Schwall reversed his own disspossesory order against the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless after the Task Force filed an appeal with the Supreme Court of Georgia. "The Court hereb...

APN 2011 Endorsements: Farmer for APS, Yes on Sunday Alcohol, No on E-SPLOST IV

  (APN) ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Progressive News Board of Directors has issued the following endorsements for the upcoming General Election on November 08, 2011. ATLANTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT II (SPECIAL ELECTION): DWANDA FARME...

Alex Wan Now Ranks as Least Progressive Atlanta Councilmember

  (APN) ATLANTA -- Following two votes at the Full Council meeting on Monday, October 17, 2011, Atlanta Progressive News has revised its scorecard of Atlanta City Council Members, which now includes eighteen votes on legislation or other matters. ...

Judge Schwall Issues Dispossessory against Homeless Task Force

  (APN) ATLANTA -- On Monday, October 17, 2011, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Craig Schwall issued a dispossessory against the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless and Anity Beaty, which allows Premium Funding Solutions-- the building's ...

Atlanta Council Rejects Two Minute Speaking Request after 40 Minute Debate

  (APN) ATLANTA -- The City Council of Atlanta took an extraordinary vote Monday, October 17, 2011, on whether to grant an additional two minutes of public speaking time to NAME President, an advocate for People TV, the endangered public access st...

(IPS) Occupy Movement Heats Up U.S. South

This article was first published on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=105512 ATLANTA, Georgia, Oct 18, 2011 (IPS) - As the Occupy Movement spreads like wildfire across the United States and around the world, pr...

Emory University Issues Response to Task Force Lawsuit

(APN) ATLANTA -- Emory University and Emory Health Care have issued a statement in response to a request from Atlanta Progressive News concerning the lawsuit filed by the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless regarding Emory's alleged particip...

Task Force for the Homeless Sues Emory University

(APN) ATLANTA -- The Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless has sued Emory University and Emory Healthcare for allegedly engaging in a conspiracy to sabotage the shelter, according to a copy of the lawsuit obtained by Atlanta Progressive News. ...

Activists React to Glover's Confirmed AHA Resignation

  (APN) ATLANTA -- On Monday, October 03, 2011, Renee Glover, CEO of Atlanta Housing Authority, confirmed a report published the day before, October 02, in the Atlanta Progressive News, and stated her plans and intentions to resign from AHA. APN r...

Gay Milton Councilman, Alan Tart, Seeks Reelection

(APN) ATLANTA -- City of Milton Councilman Alan Tart (Post 6), an openly homosexual man living with his male partner, David, in the most right-wing city in the State of Georgia, is seeking reelection in the upcoming November 2011 General Election....

Georgia Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Secret Vote Case

Photographs courtesy of Todd Rehm. (APN) ATLANTA -- The Supreme Court of Georgia heard oral arguments in Cardinale v. City of Atlanta, S11G1047, on Tuesday, October 04, 2011, at 240pm.Atlanta Progressive News's Editor--the present writer--appeared...

Happening Now: Occupy Atlanta Occupying Woodruff Park

(APN) ATLANTA -- Occupy Atlanta, the Atlanta branch of the Occupy Together movement, has occupied Woodruff Park, following a General Assembly, which began earlier today at 6pm, Friday, October 07, 2011. A group of 150 activists decided to stay in ...

Fulton, DeKalb Voters to Consider School Sales Tax Renewal

(APN) ATLANTA -- In upcoming the November 08, 2011, election, Atlanta, Decatur, DeKalb, and Fulton voters will decide whether to renew a one percent, or one penny per dollar, sales tax for educational infrastructure.  If approved, this would b...

Glover May Soon Resign from AHA

(APN) ATLANTA -- Renee Glover, the CEO of the Atlanta Housing Authority who presided over the demolition and destruction of nearly all of Atlanta's public housing, may soon resign from AHA, Atlanta Progressive News has learned. One member of AHA's...

Atlantans Launch Chapter of Occupy Together

(APN) ATLANTA -- For fifteen days, activists have been protesting on Wall Street in New York against corporate greed, in a protest with no end date called Occupy Wall Street.  The protests have been the Left’s attempt to respond to the right-w...

(IPS) Some Activists Regret Obama, USDOJ Inaction on Troy Davis

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service at: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=105286. ATLANTA, Sep 28, 2011 (IPS) - During the last days of Troy Davis's life, activists intensified what was already significant pressure on bot...

Olens, First Amendment Group File Briefs in Atlanta Secret Vote Case

(APN) ATLANTA -- Attorney General Sam Olens and the Georgia First Amendment Foundation have filed amicus briefs in the case, S11G1047, currently before the Supreme Court of Georgia, and brought by the News Editor of Atlanta Progressive News--the p...

Federal Court Clears Atlanta in Homeless Task Force Lawsuit

(APN) ATLANTA -- US District Judge Thomas Thrash ruled against the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless in a Motion for Summary Judgement in its claims against the City of Atlanta, and ruled in favor of the City in its counterclaim for unpaid...

Beskin, APS Liaison, Running against State Sen. Stoner

(APN) ATLANTA -- Beth Beskin, a Buckhead attorney who previously ran against State Sen. Horacena Tate (D-Atlanta) in the 2010 General Election, and who was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal as one of his two liaisons to Atlanta Public Schools during t...

(IPS) Numerous Protests, Arrests as Georgia Executes Troy Davis

An earlier version of this article first appeared on Inter-Press Service's website at: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=105207 ATLANTA, Georgia, Sep 22, 2011 (IPS) - The U.S. state of Georgia executed Troy Davis at 11:08 p.m. on Wednesday, Sep. ...

APN Chat with Angela Brown, APS Board Candidate

  (APN) ATLANTA -- In continuing a series of interviews with candidates for the Atlanta Public Schools District 2 Special Election, Atlanta Progressive News sat down with Angela Brown. APN previously interviewed candidates Byron Amos, Dwanda Farme...

AJC, WSB Memo Unveils Insidious Cross-Marketing Plan

(APN) ATLANTA -- Cox Enterprises, the media company which owns the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper, WSBTV Channel 2, and WSB Radio, distributed a memo to its reporters unveiling a deliberate attempt to influence the perception of readers, v...

Atlanta Council to Redistrict for Midtown, Buckhead Growth

  (APN) The City Council of Atlanta has begun the process of redistricting the twelve Council Districts following the 2010 Census results.  The Council held a public hearing to discuss redistricting on Wednesday, September 14, 2011. Atlanta Progre...

APS Candidate Byron Amos Responds to UGK Youtube Controversy

  (APN) ATLANTA -- Byron Amos, a candidate for the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education District 2 Special Election, responded to the controversy surrounding his appearance in Youtube videos related to UGK Records, in a statement issued to At...