Monthly Archives: October 2009

(IPS) Gay Bar Raids Draw Community Outrage

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service at: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=49078 ATLANTA, Georgia, Oct 30 (IPS) – Two recent police raids of gay bars in Atlanta, Georgia and Fort Worth, Texas have sparked mass protests in the two cities and led activists to question whether equality for persons of all sexual orientations in the U.S. has come as far as some […]

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Thomas, Thomas Endorse Norwood

  (APN) ATLANTA — Former City Councilwoman and State Rep. “Able” Mable Thomas, and former Mayoral candidate Glenn Thomas [no relation] announced their support for Mayoral candidate, Councilwoman Mary Norwood, on October 23, 2009, at a press conference at Norwood’s campaign headquarters. The endorsements were noteworthy because Mable Thomas is one of the strongest advocates in this city who are […]

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Top US Foreign Service officer, ex-Marine resigns in protest of US war in Afghanistan

U.S. official resigns over Afghan war: Foreign Service officer and former Marine captain says he no longer knows why his nation is fighting By Karen DeYoung Washington Post — Tuesday, October 27, 2009 Text of Hoh’s 4-page letter of resignation, a devastating critique of the war You can tell your Congressional representative “NO ESCALATION IN AFGHANISTAN”

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Groups file federal appeal against Plant Vogtle expansion

Five environmental groups filed a federal appeal Wednesday that calls for a review of the site permit and work authorization issued to the Southern Company by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) that allows work to begin on two new nuclear reactors at Augusta’s Plant Vogtle. In the petition, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of […]

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Georgia to Receive Millions to Upgrade Energy Grid

President Obama announced the release of $3.4 billion through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to help modernize the nation’s energy grid on Tuesday during a speech in DeSoto, Florida. See a map of where the grants are headed. The Smart Grid Investment Grant funds will be matched by industry funding for a public-private investment worth over $8 billion, […]

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(IPS) Cities Use Inclusionary Zoning as Housing Costs Climb

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service at: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=49014 ATLANTA, Georgia, Oct 27 (IPS) – With most U.S. cities facing a severe shortage of affordable housing, more and more are beginning to turn to so-called inclusionary zoning (IZ). As a type of land-use regulation, IZ may sound a bit obscure; however, the idea behind it is really quite simple. […]

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Atlantans Rally against Police Brutality

(APN) ATLANTA — A group of nearly 70 students, community activists, and victims of police brutality rallied at downtown’s Woodruff Park and marched to the Atlanta Detention Center on Thursday, October 22, 2009, as part of the annual National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation. Similar events took place in Chicago, San […]

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Moveon Gwinnett Hosts Johnny Isakson Puppet Show

A group of health reform advocates on Tuesday brought attention to Sen. Johnny Isakson’s (R-Ga.) opposition to the public option and his wealth of health industry campaign contributions. Records reveal Johnny Isakson has taken over $946,000 from individuals and PACs associated with the health industry over the course of his political career. “We question his objectivity, we wonder about his […]

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Vigils across Georgia to protest McClain’s execution

Georgians For Alternatives to the Death Penalty (GFADP) is holding nine rallies across Georgia on Tuesday to protest the scheduled execution of Mark McClain. McClain is on death row for the 1994 murder of a manager of an Augusta Domino’s Pizza, Kevin Brown, during a robbery that yielded under $100. The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles denied McClain clemency […]

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USDOJ issues new medical marijuana guidelines

The U.S. Department of Justice issued a three-page memo Monday containing formal guidelines for federal prosecutors in states that have enacted laws authorizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes. The memo argues federal prosecutors would be wasting their time arresting Americans who use or supply medical marijuana in accordance with state laws. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. (Photo by Lonnie […]

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ACLU Report Details 287(g) Immigration Law Abuses in Cobb County

(APN) MARIETTA — The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia released a human rights report Monday, October 12, 2009, that details the impact of the 287 (g) program–which allows local enforcement of federal immigration laws–on Cobb County. The report, “Terror and Isolation in Cobb: How Unchecked Police Power under 287(g) Has Torn Families Apart and Threatened Public Safety,” is based […]

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