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Sterigenics Promises to Reduce Pollution, but Some Seek Closure of Smyrna Plant

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Image of Sterigenics logo used pursuant to fair use doctrine for educational purposes.   (APN) ATLANTA — Residents of Atlanta and neighboring Smyrna, Georgia, have been in an uproar about the recent revelations about the ongoing emissions of ethylene oxide from the Sterigenics plant.   Some protesters have been holding demonstrations and calling for the plant to be completely closed. […]

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Atlanta Committee Rejects Expansion of Drug Free Commercial Zones

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Public Safety/Legal Administration Committee of the Atlanta City Council, on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, voted to file, or kill, Ordinance 18-O-1765, an ordinance proposed by Councilwoman Cleta Winslow (District 4) that would expand the geographic boundaries of the Atlanta’s Drug-Free Commercial Zones.   http://atlantacityga.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?MeetingID=2911&MediaPosition=&ID=16846   Councilwoman Winslow wanted to add new a Drug-Free Commercial Zone in […]

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Activists Accuse DeKalb County Jail of Inhumane Conditions

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(APN) DECATUR — So far this year, there have been at least five protests, with at least eight activists arrested, to bring attention to what inmates say are inhumane conditions at the DeKalb County Jail on Memorial Drive.    Fulton County Jail has been in the news lately, including for issues of overflowing population.  But DeKalb County has been an […]

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Mayor Bottoms Testifies to U.S. Senate on Climate Change

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(APN) ATLANTA — City of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms was on-hand in Washington, D.C., as the Senate Democrats held a critical hearing that is a step toward taking emergency action on climate change at the federal level on Wednesday, July 17, 2019.     Republican Senators, while invited, declined participation in the hearing.   The hearing, by U.S. Senate Democrats’ […]

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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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