Atlanta Citizen Review Board

Homeless Fill Atlanta’s Jails due to “Quality of Life” Policies; Over 100,000 QOL Arrests in Three Years

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(APN) ATLANTA — There is a tremendous shortage of affordable housing units and shelter beds in the City of Atlanta – but, this shortage would be so much worse if the City of Atlanta weren’t locking so many homeless people up in cages.   The City of Atlanta’s criminalization homeless people and other marginalized communities continues through the enforcement of […]

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What We’re Reading – Sunday, June 26, 2016

To access links, pls click on full post. ####   Religious Leaders Urge Brookhaven Officials to Consider the Impact of Gentrification Brookhaven Post http://brookhavenpost.co/religious-leaders-urge-brookhaven-officials-to-consider-impact-of-gentrification/41398/   Savannah-Chatham Hiring 450 Teachers, No Education Degree required NBC 4 Columbus http://nbc4i.com/2016/06/20/georgia-school-district-hiring-450-teachers-no-education-degree-required/   One Year Later, Georgia Power Installs Just Five Solar Rooftops WABE radio news http://news.wabe.org/post/one-year-georgia-power-installs-just-five-solar-rooftops   Georgia Judge Calls Man “Queer” during Bizarre […]

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Koch-Funded ALEC Threatens SMART ALEC with Lawsuit

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(APN) ATLANTA — The controversial, right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has sent a cease and desist letter, through their attorneys, to SMART ALEC, a progressive, non-profit think tank and lobbying organization, over what they purport to be trademark infringement.   HELP US STAND UP TO GOLIATH ALEC! https://www.gofundme.com/SMART_ALEC/   If ALEC decides to pursue the lawsuit, now that they […]

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Dr. “Sonny” Walker, 1934-2016, Early Champion of NPUs, Community Action, !Presente!

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(APN) ATLANTA — Dr. William “Sonny” Walker, 82, passed away on June 14, 2016.  He was known in Atlanta, in Arkansas, and indeed, nationwide – as a passionate advocate for poor people, a community business leader, and a federal grant administrator for eight U.S. southern states for anti-poverty initiatives dating back to the the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 during […]

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What We’re Reading – Sunday, June 19, 2016

To access links, pls click on full post. ####   Ebenezer Baptist Church Vigil Draws Diverse Crowd of Hundreds to Mourn Orlando Victims The Georgia Voice http://thegavoice.com/ebenezer-baptist-church-vigil-draws-diverse-crowd-hundreds-honor-orlando-victims/   Developers Plans $200 million Community in Atlanta’s Upper-west side WABE radio news http://news.wabe.org/post/developer-plans-200m-community-atlanta-s-upper-west-side   Attorney: Friendship Tower knowingly installed Faulty Air Conditioner CBS 46 television news http://www.cbs46.com/story/32250880/attorney-friendship-tower-knowingly-installed-faulty-air-conditioner   “Angels” to Block Westboro […]

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Trump Talks to Supporters inside the Fox; APN Covers Opposition Outside

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Wednesday, June 15, 2016, inside the Fox Theater in Atlanta’s Midtown neighborhood, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump talked to his loyal followers.   Meanwhile, outside on the sidewalk, hundreds of anti-Trump folks gathered to protest his policy platform, which would discriminate against so many minorities in the U.S.   The lines going into the […]

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What We’re Reading – Thursday, June 16, 2016

To access links, pls click on full post. ####   NPU System Changes Raise Concerns Buckhead View http://buckheadview.com/2016/06/08/npu-system-changes-raise-concerns/   What a Hooker, a John, and an Abandoned House Have to do with Corporate Secrecy Investigations blog, Atlanta Journal-Constitution http://investigations.blog.ajc.com/2016/06/14/what-a-hooker-a-john-and-an-abandoned-house-have-to-do-with-corporate-secrecy/   Georgia Democrats Want New Debate on Assault Weapons Ban After Orlando Shootings Political Insider blog, Atlanta Journal-Constitution http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2016/06/13/georgia-democrats-want-new-debate-on-assault-weapons-ban-after-orlando-shootings/ Georgia Senator […]

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EDITORIAL: Second Amendment, Ban on AR 15’s Can Coexist

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By the Atlanta Progressive News Board of Directors.   (APN) ATLANTA — From Columbine, Colorado – to Orlando, Florida, the frequency of massacres in the United States is increasing and the death toll is rising.   People are beginning to wake up and question the ridiculous and extreme gun policies that allow the purchase of assault weapons that are made […]

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What We’re Reading – Sunday, June 12, 2016

To access links, pls click on full post. ####   Michael Thurmond’s Biggest Challenge Won’t be with DeKalb Voters Atlanta Magazine http://www.atlantamagazine.com/news-culture-articles/michael-thurmonds-biggest-challenge-wont-be-with-dekalb-voters/   Community Solar Benefitting Co-op Members in North Carolina Southeast Energy News http://southeastenergynews.com/2016/06/10/community-solar-projects-benefiting-co-op-members-in-nc/   Housing Activist Proposes Model Ordinance for Affordable Housing Impact Statements (CEO of APN, Matthew Charles Cardinale) KBOO FM radio news (Portland, OR) http://kboo.fm/media/50372-housing-activist-proposes-model-ordinance-affordable-housing-impact-statements   […]

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Vogtle Construction Hearing #14 – Still Converting Dollars to Radiation

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(APN) ATLANTA — Once again, it’s that special time of the year when the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) pretends to care about the public.  Last week, on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 the PSC held its fourteenth, semi-annual Vogtle Construction Monitoring (VCM) review hearing, regarding the status of the two new nuclear reactors at Vogtle.   Currently, the project is […]

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CM Martin to Planning Commissioner: If he’s displeased, he should leave

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(APN) ATLANTA — At a Work Session yesterday, Wednesday, June 08, 2016, Atlanta City Councilman C.T. Martin (District 10) criticized a proposal to reorganize the City of Atlanta Planning Commission.   Commissioner Tim Keane came to Atlanta with a stated agenda of bringing change to the Planning Department.   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2015/09/10/atlantas-new-planning-commissioner-signals-concern-for-housing-affordability/   Keane has proposed a major reorganization of the Planning […]

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What We’re Reading – Tuesday, June 07, 2016

To access links, pls click on full post. ####   City of Atlanta Seeks Input on Major Office of Planning Expansion Curbed Atlanta http://atlanta.curbed.com/2016/6/7/11872974/city-of-atlanta-tim-keane-department-of-planning   Underground Atlanta Sale Enabled by Golf Course Swap Saporta Report http://www.saportareport.com/underground-atlanta-sale-enabled-golf-course-swap-continues-sale-city-assets/   If Atlanta Votes to Expand MARTA, Will Others Follow? Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription) http://business.blog.myajc.com/2016/06/05/if-atlanta-votes-to-expand-marta-will-others-follow/   Cobb County Needs to Raise Taxes to Pay for […]

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Citizens, Norwood Respond to Bottoms’ Attacks as Loch Lomond Annexation Approved by Atlanta Council

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(APN) ATLANTA — At the Monday, June 06, 2016 Full Council Meeting of the City Council of Atlanta, the Council unanimously approved, 16-O-1189, an ordinance by Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms (District 11) for the annexation of the Loch Lomond community.   As Atlanta Progressive News has chronicled, this is one of several City of Atlanta annexations that have taken place […]

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