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Two Protesters Arrested at ICE Field Office in Atlanta

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(APN) ATLANTA — Two activists were arrested at a “Never Again” action at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Field Office in Atlanta on Monday, July 15, 2019.     Calvin Runnels, a Rhodes Scholar from Georgia Tech and an openly transgender male, was arrested at the ICE protest as a hundred people blocked the ICE driveway.   After his release […]

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Extraordinary Turn in Federal Lawsuit to Reclassify Cannabis

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Official photograph of Judge Guido Calebresi. (APN) ATLANTA — There has been an extraordinary turn of events in the federal lawsuit to reschedule cannabis (“marijuana”) from a Schedule 1 drug, the most dangerous classification of drugs, which also includes heroin and LSD.   As previously reported by Atlanta Progressive News, in 2017, a federal lawsuit, Washington et al. v. Sessions […]

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Atlanta City Detention Center May Close, but Some Have Questions

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.   (APN) ATLANTA — On May 20, 2019, the Atlanta City Council voted to approve 19-R-3622, creating a Task Force to consider closing the Atlanta City Detention Center (ACDC) at 254 Peachtree Street SW, in a vote of eleven to one.   The Task Force is called the Task Force to Lead a […]

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Quarry Yards Marketing Materials Prompt HUD Complaint (UPDATE 3)

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Photograph includes images from Quarry Yards marketing materials, pursuant to Fair Use doctrine for educational purposes.   (APN) ATLANTA — Quarry Yards, a planned upscale development in Atlanta’s historic Grove Park neighborhood, may have violated Fair Housing laws by publishing marketing materials that appear to exclude legacy residents who are mostly Black and low-income.   “CREATED FOR A NEW ATLANTA” […]

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Nine Candidates in Fulton to Replace Darnell on Commission

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(APN) ATLANTA — There are nine candidates in the September 17, 2019 Special Election to replace Fulton County Commissioner Emma Darnell (District 6), who passed away in May 2019.   Qualifying began on June 24 and ended on June 28, 2019.   “While it will be impossible to replace the late Commissioner Darnell, it is important to hold the election […]

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Councilman Brown Accuses Advocate of Homophobic Intent

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(APN) ATLANTA — Extraordinary commotion ensued at the Community Development/Human Services Committee Meeting of the Atlanta City Council on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, when Councilman Antonio Brown (District 3) accused a community advocate of homophobic intentions in the advocate’s opposition to renaming Rodney Cook Sr. Park.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YinM3tyNcsA   The incident has also been reported by WSBTV Channel 2 television […]

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Activists Confront PSC on Georgia Power’s Energy Plan, Seek All Renewables

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.   (APN) ATLANTA — On Tuesday, June 11, 2019, environmentalists and clean energy advocates from across the State of Georgia joined the Sierra Club in a rally to demand one hundred percent renewable energy in Georgia.   About fifty people gathered on Washington Street across from the Georgia Public Service Commission office in […]

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Protest Held at Zoo Atlanta over Sixth Mass Extinction: One Million Animals and Plants Going Extinct

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Friday, May 24, 2019, Extinction Rebellion Atlanta (XR) gathered at the entrance to Zoo Atlanta in Atlanta’s Grant Park neighborhood to raise awareness that one million animals and plants are at risk of extinction.   The African Spotted Crocodile, the Black and White Rock Lemur, the Guatemalan Beaded Lizard, the Bornean Orangutan, the Panamanian Golden Frog, […]

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Women Outraged, Say “Hell No” to Abortion Ban Adopted in Georgia

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(APN) ATLANTA — Over ten thousand people marched on Saturday, May 25, 2019, from the State Capitol to CNN in the latest of marches in opposition to Georgia’s recently-adopted anti-choice law.  Each march is growing in size above the last.   The culture war is back as a wave of state-enacted abortion bans, including Georgia’s HB 481, are working their way […]

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APN Releases Atlanta City Council Scorecard for 2019

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta Progressive News has released an updated City Council Scorecard for 2019 for the City Council of Atlanta.   http://bit.ly/2ixKV6s   APN has been scoring Councilmembers since 2009.   The Scorecard includes 84 votes dating back to as early as 2003.  Councilmembers are scored on the votes in which they participate.   The most recent Scorecard was […]

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Extinction Rebellion Rebels against Extinction in Atlanta, Worldwide

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(APN) ATLANTA — As a new generation of activists comes of age, an international movement, Extinction Rebellion (XR), is creating pressure for societal changes that would be sufficient to prevent the possible extinction of humanity and other species.   XR has a chapter in Atlanta and is an international movement.   XR started in London in 2018 in response to […]

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Georgia Approves New E-Voting Regime, but will Paper Record be Utilized?

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.  Photograph by Gloria Tatum.   (APN) ATLANTA — On April 02, 2019, Gov. Brian Kemp signed HB 316, a new law to require the State of Georgia to purchase new electronic voting equipment for Georgia elections.     The law attempts to address some of the concerns raised by elections integrity activists in […]

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Atlanta Ordinance Would Repeal “Known Drug Area” Law that is Unconstitutional

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Public Safety/Legal Administration Committee of the City Council of Atlanta is set to consider legislation on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at its 3 p.m. meeting, that would repeal a provision in Atlanta’s Code of Ordinances that purports to make it a crime to merely be physically present in a “known drug area.”   http://atlantacityga.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?Frame=SplitView&MeetingID=3042&MediaPosition=&ID=17758&CssClass=   Councilman […]

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SOS Investigating Senior Vote-Buying in Atlanta Election

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Secretary of State of Georgia is investigating apparent vote-buying at two senior highrises in Atlanta’s City Council District 3, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   Tess Hammock, a spokeswoman for Secretary Brad Raffensperger, confirmed the investigation is ongoing, but said she could provide no further details at this time until the investigation is complete.   APN […]

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