Monthly Archives: August 2015

Activists Ask U.S. Rep. Lewis to Support Iran Treaty; Lewis, Johnson Support


(APN) ATLANTA — On Wednesday, August 26, 2015, approximately a dozen activists from the international #SupportIranDeal Coalition delivered a letter to the office of U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), asking him to support the controversial Iran Deal, a multilateral proposed treaty with Iran, which is currently before U.S. Congress.   “We are here today as your constituents… asking you to […]

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What We’re Reading – Friday, August 28, 2015

Click on full post to access links.   New Company Hopes to Shape Medical Marijuana in Georgia Atlanta Business Chronicle   Reed on Peachtree Pine Homeless Shelter – People Want It Gone Atlanta Magazine   Scouted for U.S. Senate Run, State Rep. Stacey Evans Decides to Stay Put Political Insider Blog, Atlanta Journal-Constitution   Georgia Detention Center […]

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Georgia Medical Cannabis Commission Hears Cultivation Options

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Georgia Commission on Medical Cannabis–the purpose of which is to study the feasibility of in-state medical cannabis cultivation in Georgia–held its second meeting, August 26, 2015 in the Coverdell building next to the State Capitol in downtown Atlanta.  Three more meetings are planned before the end of this year.   As previously reported by Atlanta Progressive […]

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Activists Protest UPS’s Shipping of Animal “Trophies” in Wake of Cecil Killing


(APN) ATLANTA — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is pressuring shipping company UPS to stop shipping exotic trophy animal parts, following the recent outcry over the death of Cecil the lion.   Walter Palmer, a U.S. recreational big-game hunter killed Cecil, a Southwest African lion, on July 01, 2015, leading to international outcry and debate over recreational […]

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MARTA Installing Crowd-funded Bicycle Kiosks at Train Stations

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(APN) ATLANTA — Bicycle riders and advocates rejoice: MARTA is bringing bicycle repair kiosks to seven train stations this month.  A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on August 25, 2015 at the Lindbergh Center Station.   Allen wrenches, pedal wrenches, tire levers, phillips and flathead screwdrivers, and an air pump will be available at Lindbergh Center, Chamblee, East Point, Edgewood/Candler […]

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What We’re Reading – Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Click on full post to access links.   Southern Company to Acquire AGL Resources in 12 Billion Dollar Transaction, Creating Leading U.S. Electric and Gas Utility PRNewswire   EXCLUSIVE: Feds Regularly Monitored Black Lives Matter The Intercept   The Myth of the New Orleans School Makeover New York Times   Public Schools for Sale?   […]

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Former State Sen. Jason Carter Appointed Chair of Carter Center Board

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.   (APN) ATLANTA — Former State Sen. Jason Carter (D-Atlanta), grandson to former President Jimmy Carter of Georgia, was named the Chair of the Carter Center Board of Trustees this past March 2015 and will take his post on November 20, 2015.   “Carter, a member of the Carter Center Board of Trustees […]

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Homeless Task Force Wins Court of Appeals Ruling; Eaves Visits Shelter (UPDATE 1)

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With additional reporting by Anna Simonton.   (APN) ATLANTA — The Court of Appeals of Georgia ruled in favor of the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, and against Premium Funding Solutions (PFS), in a ruling dated August 10, 2015, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   The ruling “was a major victory for us and a major loss for […]

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Mayor Reed Withholds Raise To Punish Police And Firefighter Unions

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(APN) ATLANTA — City of Atlanta police and firefighters packed the public comment section of the Atlanta City Council’s Full Council Meeting on Monday, August 17, 2015.  They were there to demand a pay increase that was denied them when 3,000 city workers received a 3.5 percent raise in July 2015.   Mayor Kasim Reed justified excluding sworn personnel from […]

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Activists Target Coca Cola at Stone Mountain for Supporting Park

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(APN) STONE MOUNTAIN, Georgia — Opposing forces struggle for the mind and soul of the U.S. South, as the controversy over the meaning of the Confederate battle flag and Confederate monument plays out at Stone Mountain Park.   On Saturday, August 22, 2015, activists from Rise Up Georgia flew a banner connecting Coca Cola’s funding of the park to the […]

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Cold Case Justice Initiative Reveals Findings from U.S. South

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(APN) DECATUR — The Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition hosted The Cold Case Justice Initiative (CCJI) at the Decatur Library in downtown Decatur, Georgia, on Tuesday, August 04, 2015.   Prof. Janis McDonald from Syracuse University College of Law, along with five law students, talked about cold cases, including missing and murdered individuals from the past, and recent […]

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Common Cause Turnover in Georgia driven by Refocus on Voting Rights (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — On August 11, 2015 Common Cause announced the resignation of its Georgia chapter director, William Perry.   Perry helmed the state chapter for over four years, serving as a vigilant government watchdog on issues of ethics, transparency, public spending, and money-in-politics.  His efforts were directed large at the City of Atlanta and the State of Georgia.   […]

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What We’re Reading: Saturday, August 22, 2015

Click on full post to access links.   Atlanta Reaches Milestone 100 Million Square Feet in Better Buildings Challenge Saporta Report   The Gwinnett Great Exchange on Transportation   Findings: Fulton Health Director Blocked CDC’s Offer of Help WABE   Stadium Deals Called “Nothing to Brag About” WABE   Officials with DeKalb Cities Will Attend […]

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It’s Bigger Than You holds One Year Anniversary March

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Tuesday, August 19, 2015, one year anniversary of the It’s Bigger Than You movement, the group marked the occasion with a commemorative march starting at the CNN Center.  Forty supporters marched through downtown Atlanta, despite heavy rain and thunder.   “Today was about celebrating the resistance work that has been happening on the ground for the […]

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Atlanta Bee Advocates Protest Monsanto on National Day of Action

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(APN) ATLANTA — On National Honey Bee Day, August 15, 2015, over 200 cities participated in events called Bee Against Monsanto.  In Atlanta, the event was held at Freedom Farmer’s Market at the Carter Center to educate the public about the importance of bees and the devastation of bee colony collapse.   Bees are one of myriad animals–including birds, bats, […]

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