Monthly Archives: January 2008

Mayor Franklin Vetoes Public Housing Accountability

(APN) ATLANTA — In a bold move, Mayor of Atlanta Shirley Franklin vetoed a bill which passed the City Council of Atlanta 11-1 which would add some accountability that the Atlanta Housing Authority (AHA) must have to the City Council in their pursuit of demolitions of Bankhead Courts, Bowen Homes, and Hollywood Courts. The Council will likely consider the override […]

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Grady Board Approves Lease, despite Unmet Conditions

(APN) ATLANTA — The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority (FDHA) approved in principle a lease agreement 8-1 Monday, January 28, 2008, that will transfer much of its current authority to the Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation (GMHC), a private, nonprofit governing board. According to the Georgia Secretary of State’s website, Atlanta Progressive News can confirm that the GMHC has officially incorporated, although no […]

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(IPS) WORLD SOCIAL FORUM: Evictions High on Atlanta Agenda

  This article was originally published by Inter-Press Service at: http://ipsnorthamerica.net/news.php?idnews=1274 ATLANTA, Georgia, Jan 26 (IPS) – Some 400 activists from Atlanta, Georgia and around the U.S. South gathered for a People’s Movement Assembly Saturday, in solidarity with the Global Day of Action organised under the World Social Forum process. Atlanta hosted the first U.S. Social Forum last summer. This […]

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APN Chat with Rand Knight, US Senate Candidate

(APN) ATLANTA — Rand Knight, Democratic candidate for US Senate against US Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), is a political newcomer in Georgia. Atlanta Progressive News sat down with Mr. Knight for an interview about his stance on many political issues, as part of a series with US Senate candidates in the 2008 Democratic Primary. Previously, APN interviewed Dale Cardwell about […]

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Atlanta Council Asks AHA to Halt Three Demolitions

(APN) ATLANTA — The full Atlanta City Council approved a resolution Tuesday, January 12, 2008, in a veto-proof vote of 11-2, asking the Atlanta Housing Authority not to proceed with the displacement of residents from certain public housing communities. The resolution, crafted by Councilwoman Felicia Moore (District 9), requests relocations for Bowen Homes, Bankhead Courts, and Hollywood Courts be put […]

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Grady Hospital Activists Deliver Petitions to State Leaders

(APN) ATLANTA — About 50 members of the Grady Coalition delivered 10,000 signed petitions to the Georgia State Capitol Tuesday, January 15, 2008, urging State leaders to provide more funding for the Grady Health System. “The central issue is making sure Grady gets the resources it needs as a regional hospital,” State Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta) said during a press […]

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Council Committee Approves Oversight for Public Housing Demolitions

(APN) ATLANTA — After seven hours of debate, the Community Development and Human Resources Committee of the City Council of Atlanta today approved two bills offered by Councilwoman Felicia Moore, District 9, to codify their oversight role in the Atlanta Housing Authority’s mass eviction and demolition plans for all remaining public housing in Atlanta. Moore’s first bills seek to ensure […]

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(IPS) Protests Greet Nuclear Power Resurgence in US South

This article was originally published by Inter-Press Service at: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=40785 WAYNESBORO, Georgia , Jan 14 (IPS) – Residents and environmental activists are in a bitter dispute with large U.S. energy corporations and the federal government over the safety of nuclear power, as more than a dozen corporations plan to, or have filed, paperwork to open new nuclear power plants, primarily […]

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Georgia Officials Split on Presidential Endorsements (UPDATE 1)

Additional reporting by Matthew Cardinale. (APN) ATLANTA — With Georgia’s February 5, 2008, Presidential Primary Election quickly approaching, many of Georgia’s elected officials are finalizing their endorsements among the top Democratic candidates for President of the United States. Atlanta Progressive News has compiled the following list of endorsements, based on information reported in press releases, candidate websites, and previous press […]

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BREAKING: Resident Board Opposes Demolitions

(APN) ATLANTA — The Resident Advisory Board representing Atlanta public housing tenants citywide voted today unanimously to oppose the mass evictions and demolitions proposed by Atlanta Housing Authority. The resolution will be sent to US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Special Applications Center so they are aware of residents’ opposition to the plan, and of AHA’s lack of […]

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BREAKING: Councilwoman to Bring Public Housing Resolutions

(APN) ATLANTA — City Councilwoman Felicia Moore will be introducing three new pieces of legislation today, including one asking AHA to halt demolitions in District 9 until the Council and the affected residents receive a copy of the demolition application to HUD and are consulted with regarding the application. Atlanta Progressive News obtained copies of the three prepared bills this […]

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Obama, Huckabee Win Iowa Caucuses in Presidential Race

(APN) ATLANTA — US Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) and former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) emerged victorious from the January 03, 2007, Iowa Caucuses, claiming the first victories of the 2008 presidential contest. Both candidates delivered optimistic messages of change to supporters afterwards. “I know you didn’t do this for me,” Obama said. “I know you did this because you believed […]

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