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A Progressive Critique of Efforts to Repeal Stand Your Ground

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

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

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

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

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

EDITORIAL: Our Civil Liberties Are in Grave Danger

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

Issues for 2013

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

First Person: Occupying Our Homes, Fighting Foreclosures

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

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

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

Letter to President Obama on the Egyptian People and Government

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

Atlanta Should End Suspicionless Roadblocks

By Joe Williams The following remarks were made by Mr. Williams regarding Suspicionless Roadblocks before the Public Safety/Legal Administration Committee Meeting of the City Council of Atlanta; on Tuesday, February 01, 2011, 3pm; City Hall, Commi...

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

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

Ballot Access is a Civil Rights Issue

By Faye Coffield, in response to the Supreme Court of the US's refusal to rehear Coffield's ballot access challenge against the State of Georgia for its five percent petition requirement for non-statewide races. #### As a Black woman born in the m...

EDITORIAL: What Government Is, When Words Have No Meaning

What is government, if words have no meaning?This is the question that Jared Lee Loughner asked Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, the one that she was not able to answer, the last question posed in Loughner's Youtube video series.  Many...

Comprehensive Transportation Plan Needed for Georgia's Prosperity

By State Sens. Robert Brown and Jeff Mullis #### The geography of Georgia has always presented its residents and visitors with an abundance of resources: from the mountains in the north, to the commercial centers in Atlanta, to the coastal plain o...

Eight Reasons Georgia Power Should Not Use Nuclear Power

By Tom Ferguson.  Remarks presented to the Georgia Public Service Commission in recent opposition to the rate increase. #### There are many reasons to oppose pouring scarce public resources into nuclear projects:   1. the high cost of nuclear reac...

It's difficult to access mental health care but not guns

It seems the values of the loudest and/or the values of who has the most money is what gets legislated in Congress.  Such as, Congress allowing the ban on assault weapons to expire in 2004, due in part from the loud voices of gun advocates and...

Don't Make Patients Run Out the Clock

By Dr. Shameka McElhaney #### Despite the passage of health care reform, the challenge here in Georgia is balancing rising health care costs while trying to improve the health of our citizens.  True comprehensive health care reform will always all...

A sales tax-dominated system does not value families

By Sarah Beth Gehl, Georgia Budget and Policy Institute #### One of the most obvious questions whenever taxes are discussed is “Who pays?”   It’s especially important to ask that now, as Georgia leaders consider changes to the state’s tax system. ...