Author Archives: MATTHEW CHARLES CARDINALE

Atlanta Council Debates Cannabis Decriminalization; Work Session Scheduled for Next Week (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Meeting of the Public Safety/Legal Administration Committee was one of the wildest Committee Meetings of the Atlanta City Council in recent memory, as Committee Members discussed a proposed amendment by Ivory Young (District 3) to decriminalize cannabis (“marijuana”) in the City of Atlanta.   The Committee decided not to vote on Young’s […]

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Atlanta Council Limits Public Comments, Often Lacks Quorum to Hear Comments

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(APN) ATLANTA — Local democracy has apparently become a nuisance to the Atlanta City Council, except to the extent that its members want citizens to vote for them in November.   Six of seven of the Committees of the Atlanta City Council now have severely restrictive public comment policies, limiting the amount of time any one citizen can address the […]

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Moore, Martin Express Support for CBA for Turner Field

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(APN) ATLANTA — At the Monday, February 06, 2017 Full Council Meeting of the City Council of Atlanta, Councilmembers Felicia Moore (District 9) and CT Martin (District 10) expressed their support for a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) for the Turner Field redevelopment.   Moore and Martin–who are both running for Council President in this year’s municipal elections–made comments following over […]

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Turner Field Sale Documents Show Scarce Community Benefits

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(APN) ATLANTA — Residents, activists, and students spent two years advocating for a Community Benefits Agreement for the Turner Field redevelopment.  Not only was a CBA excluded from sale documents, but few shallow benefits were agreed to in the sale, Atlanta Progressive News has learned upon making an open records request.   http://bit.ly/2kBO7D4   Students, residents, and activists blasted the […]

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APN Releases Atlanta Council Scorecard for 2016

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(APN) ATLANTA — As 2016 winds down and the City of Atlanta’s 2017 Municipal Election cycle picks up, Atlanta Progressive News is releasing its Atlanta City Councilmember Scorecard.   APN’s Scorecard is one of the most comprehensive, substantive, and transparent scorecards of the Atlanta City Council.  The Scorecard is available as a public Google Spreadsheet:   http://bit.ly/2ixKV6s   APN has […]

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APN Celebrates 11 Years of Publication; Editor Returning to Atlanta

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(APN) ATLANTA — Upon the eleven year anniversary of Atlanta Progressive News, Matthew Charles Cardinale released the following statement: ####   Eleven years ago, on November 23, 2005, I launched the Atlanta Progressive News – a progressive news organization in Atlanta, from a FEMA-funded hotel room on Executive Park Drive, in what is now Brookhaven, Georgia.   I had just […]

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EDITORIAL: 30 Percent AMI on the Beltline; Now or Never

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Council members need to stop declaring their desire for “mixed-income communities,” unless they are willing to at some point enact public policies that actually support each part of the mix.   The time is now to enact a public policy to produce units to benefit Atlanta’s working households making 15,000 dollars and less per year, […]

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Fialkow, Hodges Claim Anti-Semitism in Homeless Task Force Lawsuit

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With research by Gloria Tatum   (APN) ATLANTA — Developer Emmanuel “Manny” Fialkow, who, documents show, conspired to sabotage the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless so he could obtain its building–and his attorney Ken Hodges, former Democratic nominee for Attorney General–have accused the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless and its attorneys of anti-semitism, in a latest […]

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Rev. Benford Stellmacher, 1953-2016, !Presente!

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(APN) ATLANTA – Rev. Benford Dwight Stellmacher, 63, a strong advocate for, and generous servant of, low-income and homeless people; someone who carried on the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement; and a long-standing producer of the “Issues and Answers” show Atlanta’s People TV public access television, has passed away.   An extraordinary man and gentle giant, he was an […]

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Louisiana’s Statewide School Takeover Was Post-Katrina Disaster

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(APN) NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana — After Hurricane Katrina, the State of Louisiana advanced a statewide takeover of the Orleans Parish School District that has been a catastrophe of public policy, harming students, parents, voters, and communities.   Education advocates in New Orleans like Karran Harper Royal are distraught to learn that Georgia voters are facing a statewide referendum this November […]

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Cheryl Courtney-Evans, 1952-2016, !Presente!

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(APN) ATLANTA — Cheryl Courtney-Evans, 61, a pioneering transgender activist in Atlanta, has passed away, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   She was the founder and Executive Director of Transgender Individuals Living Their Truth (TILTT), which hosts its meetings at the Phillip Rush Center.   http://www.tiltt.org/   Courtney-Evans advocated for transgender equality issues at the local, state, and national levels. […]

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Homeless Task Force Case Heads to Trial October 17, as Settlement Status Unclear

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With research by Gloria Tatum   (APN) ATLANTA — After six years of litigation, the lawsuit of the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, versus the multiple defendants who appear to have engaged in a tortious conspiracy to sabotage what is the largest homeless shelter in the Southeast U.S., is barreling towards trial, according to court documents obtained by […]

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Sources: Homeless Task Force May Close in November

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(APN) ATLANTA — The homeless men who rely on the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, the largest shelter in the U.S. Southeast, have been informed that the shelter may close in November 2016, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   However, no final decision has been made – leaving Atlanta’s homeless community uncertain about their future.   Atlanta Progressive […]

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New Orleans Planning Study Recommends Atlanta Housing Ordinance be Adopted

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(APN) ATLANTA — On August 16, 2016, the City Planning Commission staff of the City of New Orleans, Louisiana, recommended that New Orleans adopt, and expand upon, a Model Ordinance for Affordable Housing Impact Statements (AHIS) that was adopted by the City of Atlanta in November 2015.   The Planning Commission will consider the study and recommendations at its meeting […]

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Settlement Talks in Homeless Task Force Case, as Trial Date Nears

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With research by Gloria Tatum.   (APN) ATLANTA — With an early October 2016 trial date looming, the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless appears to be discussing a possible settlement in its lawsuit against the numerous defendants–Central Atlanta Progress (CAP), Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID), Emanuel Fialkow, Emory University, and others–Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   Based on […]

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