Monthly Archives: March 2013

Some New Georgia Charter Schools Commissioners Have Pro-Charter Ties

  (APN) ATLANTA — After Georgia voters in November 2012 approved of Amendment One, the ballot initiative to authorize the re-creation of the Georgia Charter Schools Commission (GCSC), members have now been appointed to the Commission and it has now re-commenced its work.   An analysis of the newly appointed members of the GSCS by Atlanta Progressive News shows that […]

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Rev. Fletcher, Candidate, Slams Councilman Young over Stadium Vote

(APN) ATLANTA — Rev. Darrion Fletcher, 50, of Walking Through the Vine Ministry, is challenging Councilman Ivory Young (District 3) for his seat on City Council of Atlanta in this November 2013 Municipal Election. Fletcher is highly critical of Young, including for Young’s support for the new Falcons Stadium to be located in the Vine City community. “I think the […]

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(IPS) Crowdfunding Gives Boost to Renewables in U.S.

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/03/crowdfunding-gives-boost-to-renewables-in-u-s/ ATLANTA, Georgia, Mar 29 2013 (IPS) – A U.S. company called Mosaic has unveiled a new way for citizens to use the Internet to invest in specific solar energy projects around the country.  In the style of such websites as Kiva, which raises money for microloans for small businesses in […]

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(IPS) New US Congress includes Seven Openly Homosexual or Bisexual Members

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/03/u-s-congress-inches-away-from-the-straight-and-narrow/ ATLANTA, Georgia, Mar 26 2013 (IPS) – Even as the issue of gay marriage continues to make waves in the U.S., change is inexorably arriving in the halls of power, with a record seven openly homosexual or bisexual members of the new U.S. Congress.  While still small, the number represents […]

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Atlanta Council Approves Controversial New Football Stadium

(APN) ATLANTA — On Monday, March 18, 2013, the City Council of Atlanta approved the extension of the Hotel Motel tax through 2050, in order to provide public funding for the construction of a new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons football team, in Atlanta’s Vine City neighborhood, in a vote of 11 to 4. As previously reported by APN, the […]

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Richard Van Slyke, !Presente!, 1944-2013

(APN) ATLANTA — Richard Van Slyke, an Atlanta-based progressive activist and documentary filmmaker, has passed away at the age of 68, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.  Van Slyke had a stroke and passed away last week, according to his son, Ian Van Slyke. Van Slyke was best known in activist circles as a documentary filmmaker with his company, Roaming Video, […]

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Report Urges Atlanta to Go Solar; Mayor’s Office Not too Keen

(APN) ATLANTA — A new report by Environment Georgia identifies some opportunities that the City of Atlanta, not just the government sector but as a whole, can pursue to increase the proportion of solar energy in the city’s overall energy portfolio to ten percent by the year 2030. The report, “A Bright Future: Building a Solar Atlanta,” was prepared by […]

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Overview of 2013 Legislative Session, post-Crossover Day

(APN) ATLANTA — The Georgia General Assembly wrapped up its Crossover Day on Thursday, March 07, 2013, which was the thirtieth day of the forty-day legislative session.  This is the last day that legislation has to pass in either the State House or State Senate in order for the legislation to be taken up this year in the other respective […]

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APN Issues Updated City Council Scorecard for Winter 2013

(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta Progressive News has updated its Atlanta City Council Scorecard for 2013, adding recent as well as past votes, including: – Two votes taken last week, in March 2013, on whether to set a limit to restrict public comment time at all Atlanta City Council Committees.  Only Keisha Lance Bottoms (District 11), Joyce Sheperd (District 12), Howard […]

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Citizens Defeat Public Comment Limits at Atlanta Council Committees

(APN) ATLANTA — Citizen activists defeated a proposal to limit public comment time at all Committee Meetings of the Atlanta City Council yesterday, after the Committee on Council voted six to one to file the ordinance, and the Full Council voted twice against approving it. Activists including Ben Howard, Brother Anthony Muhammad, and Ron Shakir, along with APN’s News Editor–the […]

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