Monthly Archives: September 2015

Stewart Detention Center On Lockdown as Detainees Protest Inhumane Conditions


(APN) ATLANTA — Detainees at Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia were apparently met with retaliation for protesting inhumane conditions this week.   “We are deeply concerned for people currently detained at Stewart.  As communication in and out of the facility has been limited, it has been difficult to monitor the situation,” Silky Shah, co-director of the Detention Watch Network, […]

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Atlanta’s New Planning Commissioner Signals Concern for Housing Affordability

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(APN) ATLANTA — Tim Keane, who began work as the City of Atlanta’s new Commissioner for the Department of Planning and Community Development in July 2015, says he is concerned about affordable housing for the City of Atlanta.   Keane is interested in “having this Department’s community development do much greater things than we’re doing now, particularly in ensuring a […]

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What We’re Reading – Thursday, September 10, 2015

To access links, click on full post.   Save Mattie Jackson’s Home, Entire Peoplestown Block Facebook Event page   Stand with 93 year old Mattie Jackson Community Hero Petition – Occupy Our Homes   Georgia Ranks #2 for Growth in Solar Capacity Since 2012 Saporta Report   Atlanta to Hire Urban Agriculture Director Atlanta Business Chronicle […]

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Police Brutality Concerns Brought to DeKalb Commission

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(APN) DECATUR — Members of The Coalition of Justice and Police Accountability spoke for nearly thirty minutes about recent police shootings, and a desire for increased accountability, during the public comments section of the Tuesday, September 08, 2015 DeKalb County Board of Commissioners Meeting.   “I feel the DeKalb County Commission is reinforcing this culture of impunity, there is an […]

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Emergency Vigil for Mattie Jackson, Peoplestown Block Held; Demolition Hearing Today

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(APN) ATLANTA — One dozen supporters gathered for a press conference and vigil to save ninety-three year old Mattie Jackson’s home on Tuesday, September 08, 2015.   The family coordinated the event with Occupy Our Homes Atlanta.   Currently, her neighborhood in Summerhill-Peoplestown is slated to be turned into a series of stormwater retention ponds.   “It is very sad […]

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Modern-day U.S. Secession Movements are Ideologically Diverse (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) PORTLAND, Oregon — As Georgians continue to debate the future of Stone Mountain and whether the carving of Confederate leaders should be removed, supplemented, or left alone, it is worth noting that there are several modern-day movements for secession throughout the U.S. that are guided by a common desire for self-determination.   Modern-day movements for secession in the Pacific […]

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People’s Agenda Hosts Discussion on Fulton Voter Disenfranchisement

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(APN) ATLANTA — Fulton County will pay a fine of 180 dollars for breaking over two dozen state voting laws and illegally disenfranchising and misleading voters in the 2008 and 2012 elections.   The Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda convened on Tuesday, September 01, 2015, to address these past violations and the implications for future elections.   Some of […]

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Atlanta Wins Lawsuit Over Fulton Industrial Annexation Restrictions

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(APN) ATLANTA — On August 31, 2015, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Gail Tusan ruled in favor of the City of Atlanta in a case brought by the City of Atlanta against Fulton County regarding the City’s attempt to annex a parcel of land located in the Fulton Industrial District.   The City of Atlanta recently acquired a parcel within […]

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City of Atlanta Threatens Mattie Jackson, 93; Whole Peoplestown Block With Eminent Domain

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(APN) ATLANTA — One of Atlanta’s most revered community leaders–Mattie Jackson, 93–is in danger of losing her home to eminent domain as the City moves forward with plans to bulldoze two city blocks in Summerhill-Peoplestown in order to install stormwater detention ponds.   The stretches of Ormond Street and Atlanta Ave. in question were part of the Summerhill neighborhood until […]

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Decatur Church Hosts Panel on Gun Reform

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(APN) DECATUR — On Saturday, August 29, 3015, Gunsense Georgia hosted a panel discussion at Columbia Presbyterian Church in Decatur, attended by dozens of organizations concerned about gun violence and the ultra-permissive gun laws in Georgia.   The panelists included students, Georgia legislators, victims of gun violence, University professors, a constitutional law expert, and others.   A Georgia poll on […]

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What We’re Reading – Friday, September 04, 2015

Click on full post to access links:   Georgia Democrats Hoping for Rev. Warnock Campaign, Party Revival WABE radio   Wrong House Shooting in DeKalb: Why did they shoot me?  My dog? Atlanta Journal-Constitution   Ruling Could Pave the Way for Atlanta Annexation Atlanta Journal-Constitution   Pet Euthanasia Rates Plummet as Fulton, DeKalb Approach Being No Kill […]

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Activists, Mother Demand Video in Alexia Christian Police Killing

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(APN) ATLANTA — “No justice, no peace!  No tape-hiding police!” came the chant outside a west Atlanta IHOP restaurant on the morning of Tuesday, September 1, 2015.   In April 2015, two Atlanta Police Department (APD) officers shot and killed Alexia Christian in highly questionable circumstances.   APN has previously reported on the police killing in depth:   […]

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NEWS BRIEF: DeKalb CEO Faces Search Warrant for Emails

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(APN) ATLANTA — Dekalb County Interim CEO Lee May’s problems just got a bit more complicated.   The Federal Bureau of Investigations is investigating whether May, who recently resigned from the District 5 seat, received preferential treatment during a series of home repairs five years ago, as previously reported by Atlanta Progressive News.   Search warrants were issued […]

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Transgender Activists Take Issue with MARTA, APD; Say Black Trans Lives Matter

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlantans joined with activists in other U.S. cities for Trans Liberation Tuesday on August 25, 2015, with nearly one hundred supporters gathering at Underground Atlanta for the event.   Organizers of the event spoke with Atlanta Progressive News about problems with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) and the Atlanta Police Department (APD) the transgender community […]

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Ten Years After Katrina, Atlanta Organizers Team Up With Gulf South Rising

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(APN) NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA — Ten years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, Louisiana, organizers from Atlanta traveled there to participate in a week of action, from August 23 to 30, 2015, under the banner of Gulf South Rising.  Atlanta Progressive News traveled to New Orleans to observe first-hand.   Gulf South Rising is an initiative launched earlier this year […]

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