Monthly Archives: May 2011

Georgians Rally for Marijuana Policy Reform

  (APN) ATLANTA — About thirty activists from around the State of Georgia gathered in Atlanta’s Little Five Points neighborhood on Saturday, May 07, 2011, to rally for marijuana policy reform The rally began at Freedom Park and ended up in Findley Plaza. Atlanta was one of many cities which participated in the Worldwide Cannabis March. Activists held signs including, […]

Read more

State Rep. Rashad Taylor Comes Out of the Closet

By Arit Essien, Special to The Atlanta Progressive News, with additional reporting by Matthew Cardinale (APN) ATLANTA — In a noon press conference today, State Rep. Rashad Taylor, who has worked extensively with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, told reporters, “I am a gay man.” Rep. Taylor stood next to his mother, and was surrounded by supporters and fellow legislators as […]

Read more

(IPS) Prison Lobbyists Help Spread Anti-Immigrant Laws to U.S. South

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service at: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=55802 ATLANTA, Georgia, May 26, 2011 (IPS) – Earlier this month, Georgia became the third state to enact some of the most anti-immigrant legislation in recent U.S. history, when Governor Nathan Deal, a Republican, signed the bill, HB 87. Among other things, the bill allows law enforcement officials to ask suspicious […]

Read more

APAB Votes to Request Atlanta Committee Briefing Records

(APN) ATLANTA — At the Saturday, May 21, 2011, meeting of the Atlanta Planning and Advisory Board (APAB), the citizens’ advisory group to the City of Atlanta, APAB voted to request information related to one of the City Council of Atlanta’s seven regularly scheduled closed-door Committee Briefings, Atlanta Progressive News has learned. APAB President Cathy Richards and senior advocate Ben […]

Read more

Pat Chapman, 1926-2011, !Presente!

(APN) ATLANTA — Pat Chapman, 85, a lifelong advocate for the less fortunate who continued her activism on the computer after becoming home-bound, passed away from complications from a stroke, on Monday, May 16, 2011. Over the last fifteen years, Chapman had been a champion for the Democratic Party, even from her home in East Cobb County, a Conservative bastion […]

Read more

Deal, Reed, Muhammad Nudge Atlanta BOE Chairman El towards Resignation

(APN) ATLANTA — On various occasions over the last few weeks, key political players at the local and state levels have been nudging Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education Chairman Khaatim El towards resignation; and a Board vote on a new Chairperson might be drawing close, Atlanta Progressive News has learned. According to one Board Member who attended a closed-door […]

Read more

APN Editor Sues City of Atlanta for Closed-Door Briefings

  (APN) ATLANTA — The News Editor for the Atlanta Progressive News–the present writer–has filed a lawsuit against the City of Atlanta, to bring openness, public access, and transparency to the City Council of Atlanta’s seven closed-door, private Committee Briefings which occur every two weeks. The case number is 2011CV200639 and is before Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter. […]

Read more

Rev. Lowery Sues over North Fulton Cities, Claims Black Vote Dilution

This article first appeared on The Beacon website at: http://www.beaconcastmedia.com/news/-Rev-Lowery-Sues-over-North-Fulton-Cities-Claims-Black-Vote-Dilution-2887 (APN) ATLANTA — Rev. Joseph Lowery, one of the few remaining veterans of the Civil Rights Movement who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, has joined with the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus and several Black residents of North Fulton and Dekalb Counties, to challenge what has been the creation of […]

Read more

Governor Deal Poised to Sign Divisive Immigration Bill in Georgia

(APN) ATLANTA — Governor Nathan Deal is poised to sign the controversial racial profiling immigration bill, HB 87, into law.  He has until May 24, 2011, to sign or veto the bill before it automatically becomes law, that is, forty days since it was passed by the legislature. Deal is in a bit of a bind because Georgia Republicans are […]

Read more

Activist Group Targets Bad Employers, Slum Landlords

(APN) ATLANTA — A new, underground activist group called the Atlanta Solidarity Network (ASOL) is using collective force to fight back against bad employers and slum landlords. “The Atlanta Solidarity Network is a group of volunteers seeking to help other members of the working class through collective direct action and mutual support,” according to the organization’s website on Blogspot.com. “HAVING […]

Read more

Former CIA, McGovern, Speaks in Atlanta on Osama, Clinton, and Erosion of Rights

(APN) DECATUR — Ray McGovern, 71, former CIA analyst and current anti-war activist, visited Decatur on Monday, May 02, 2011, at the Atlanta Friends Meeting House, for a forum organized by the Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition’s Atlanta chapter. Hundreds attended the event and there was standing room only. As previously reported by Atlanta Progressive News, McGovern’s last visit to […]

Read more

Atlanta Council Opposes APS Board Replacement Law

(APN) ATLANTA — The City Council of Atlanta voted Monday, May 02, 2011, to express their opposition to SB 79, which Republican Governor Nathan Deal has signed, and which gives Deal the power to recommend removal of the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education members. The resolution states that the Council is not supportive of the law and asks the […]

Read more

BREAKING: Midtown APD Chief Ousted for Opposing Patrol Cuts

(APN) ATLANTA — Major Khirus E. Williams was apparently ousted from the Atlanta Police Department after a recent email he sent to Midtown Atlanta residents warning of proposed cuts to community patrolling, Atlanta Progressive News has learned. Williams was the commander for Zone 5, which includes much of Midtown. “Good evening, as a result of this e-mail, which was intended […]

Read more

Newsmakers Journal Fires Editor who Fabricated MARTA Attack

(APN) ATLANTA — Newsmakers Live, an online news entity geared primarily toward Black readers in Atlanta which also has a live interview component, fired its editor, Maynard Eaton, for fabricating an attack against him on MARTA which never occurred. “The Newsmakers Journal has relieved Maynard Eaton of his duties as Editor-in-Chief and as moderator of Newsmakers Live!  The termination is […]

Read more