Monthly Archives: March 2009

Atlantans Throw Shoes at Bush Effigies After Six Years of Iraqi Occupation

(APN) ATLANTA — About 100 activists rallied and marched downtown Thursday, March 19, 2009, to protest the US occupation of Iraq during an event marking its sixth anniversary. Activists, led by the Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition (GPJC), Iraq Veterans Against the War, and others, urged President Obama to immediately withdraw all US forces from Iraq. Additionally, they called for […]

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(IPS) Marijuana Legalization Generates Buzz

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=46183 WASHINGTON, Mar 18 (IPS) – Due perhaps in part to the country’s economic woes, but also a major shift in political culture, discussion of marijuana legalisation has risen to a level of openness and prominence previously unseen in the United States. When the Kellogg Corporation cancelled the publicity contract […]

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Web of Debt: New Book Calls for Nationalized Banking

A new book by Ellen Hodgson Brown, Web of Debt: The Shocking Truth about Our Money System and How We Can Break Free, explores why the private banking system in the US is causing our current economic troubles, including massive debt to private banks.  Samples of the book are available at www.webofdebt.com. From the website: “Our money system is not what […]

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US Reps. Broun, Kingston, Price (R-GA) Support Auditing the Fed

Libertarian US Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) has introduced a bill demanding transparency at the Federal Reserve.  Most of Ron Paul’s bills are not economically progressive in any way.  Also, most don’t get more than one or two cosponsors. However, this one has 39 co-sponsors, the majority of whom are Republicans, including 3 GA Republicans, US Reps. Broun, Kingston, Price.  It […]

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US HHS Releases Funds for Senior Nutrition Programs

As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the Obama administration announced Wednesday the Department of Health and Human Services will provide $65 million for congregate nutrition programs to be provided at senior centers and other community sites.  Additionally, there will be $32 million for home delivered nutrition services delivered to the elderly at home and $3 million […]

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Congresspersons Tell Obama to Reconsider Afghan Surge

Eight Democrats and six Republicans from the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to President Obama Tuesday cautioning the new president against escalating the U.S. presence in Afghanistan. (Text of letter at end of this post) “More Members of Congress need to tell the president that they have major concerns about sending another 17,000 troops in harms way in […]

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Atlantans to mark 6th year of Iraq occupation with march, speakers and sneakers

Atlantans will commemorate six years of death and destruction, and demand an end to occupation in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine, this Thursday, March 19. Activities will include an educational forum at 3 p.m. at Georgia State University; and a veterans-led march from Woodruff Park to CNN at 5, which will culminate with a symbolic shoe-throwing at an effigy of George […]

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(IPS) Advocacy Groups Fear New Wave of Homelessness

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=45684 ATLANTA, Georgia, Feb 5 (IPS) – Homeless advocates in the United States say if the new Congress and the Barack Obama administration do nothing, many more low-income people already teetering on the brink could end up living on the streets over the next two years. “The numbers, unfortunately, are […]

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Iconium Hosts Town Hall Meeting on Violent Crime

(APN) ATLANTA — About 200 residents of southeast Atlanta gathered at the First Iconium Baptist Church Tuesday night, March 03, 2009, to share their concerns about crime with city leaders as well as police and fire representatives. “Most of our crimes are attributed to property crimes,” Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington said. Pennington said property crime, which includes auto theft, […]

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APN Chat with Atlanta Mayoral Candidate Ceasar Mitchell

(APN) ATLANTA — In our first in a series of interviews with this year’s Atlanta Mayoral candidates, Atlanta Progressive News sat down with candidate, Ceasar Mitchell. APN met with Mitchell at his law office in Buckhead; Mitchell doubles as a Council Member at Large and a real estate attorney. Mitchell voted to support Council Member Felicia Moore’s 2008 legislation calling […]

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APN Chat with US Rep. Gutierrez (D-IL) on Immigration Reform

(APN) NORCROSS — US Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) visited Norcross this weekend, joining about 3,000 concerned individuals and activists at a rally and prayer vigil, to highlight the need for immigration reform that is sensitive to the fact that families with children are being impacted. Gutierrez, who is Puerto Rican by heritage, also discussed the issue of immigration policy with […]

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