Monthly Archives: August 2009

Norwood Endorsed by Firefighters’ Union

Mayoral candidate Mary Norwood was endorsed last week by the local firefighters’ union.  Norwood told APN it had to do with her voting record in City Council as well as her presentation before the union. “I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Atlanta Professional Fire Fighter Association,” Norwood said in a statement obtained by APN.  ”Atlanta faces a series of challenges […]

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US House Dems to Hold Ground on Public Option, including US Rep. Johnson

According to Democracy for America (the organization that came out of Howard Dean’s former Presidential campaign in 2004), 64 US House Democrats will not support a health care reform bill that does not have a public option for health insurance to compete with private insurers. These include US Reps. Donna Edwards (D-MD) and Chellie Pingrie (D-ME). US Rep. Hank Johnson […]

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Kucinich: BOA Ends Mandatory Arbitration

According to US Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Chairman of the Domestic Policy Subcommittee of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Bank of America sent a letter notifying him of its intent to abandon the practice of mandatory arbitration in all customer agreements. “Bank of America was responding to a letter that Kucinich sent it and the 12 other largest banks in […]

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Faith Groups, HCAN Rally for Healthcare Reform

(APN) ATLANTA — Top religious, community, and elected officials gathered Tuesday, August 11, 2009, at Grady Memorial Hospital to increase pressure on US Congress to pass comprehensive healthcare reform this year. US Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) argued helping every US citizen obtain health insurance is “a moral obligation” and “a mandate from God.” “The quality of [a] person’s healthcare should […]

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APN Chat with Council Candidate, Amir Farokhi

(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of Atlanta’s 2009 citywide races, Atlanta Progressive News sat down with Amir Farokhi, 31, a former commercial lawyer with McKenna, Long, and Aldridge. Farokhi is a leading candidate for the Post 2 At-large seat being vacated by Mary Norwood, who is running for Mayor. Other candidates running against Farokhi include Daryl Graham, a […]

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Council Candidate Farokhi Nets Labor Endorsement

The Atlanta-North Georgia Labor Council AFL-CIO announced Thursday it is endorsing Amir Farokhi in his bid for the Atlanta City Council Post 2 At-Large. “Atlanta’s working families need another strong advocate in the city council, and Amir Farokhi has the commitment and knowledge to help make Atlanta a city that works for working families,” Eric Robertson, Political Director for Teamsters […]

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Handel to USDOJ: Reconsider voter verification processes

Secretary of State Karen Hanel announced Wednesday the state of Georgia has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to reconsider its May 2009 objection of preclearance for two voter verification processes, a decision Handel “strongly disagreed with.” The process, implemented in March 2007, cross-checks five different criteria provided by new voter registration applicants with information in the Georgia Department of […]

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Event: Top Officials to Call for Immigration Reform

Religious, law enforcement, and elected officials will hold a press conference Tuesday to speak on the need for immigration reform. The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) passed a resolution at their national conference in July calling for federal action on immigration reform. The event will start at 2:30 p.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center 449 […]

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Mayoral Debate Held by National Action Network

(APN) ATLANTA — Nine candidates for Mayor of Atlanta gathered Thursday, August 06, 2009, at the Auburn Avenue Research Library to debate a variety of issues at a forum sponsored by the Atlanta chapter of the National Action Network. Attendees included well-known names like Council President Lisa Borders, Council Member at-large Mary Norwood, State Sen. Kasim Reed, Jesse Spikes, and […]

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