Author Archives: MATTHEW CHARLES CARDINALE

Activists Call for Rental Moratorium as Eviction Crisis Looms

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  Photographs one and three of three courtesy of United Student Workers of Georgia.  Photograph two courtesy of the Party for Socialism and Liberation.   (APN) ATLANTA — With millions of people in the U.S. out of work as a result of COVID-19 and the various government orders shuttering society and most businesses, there is a brewing residential rental crisis […]

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Atlanta Council to Receive Public Comments via Voicemail for Virtual Meetings

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  (APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta City Council has reversed course on its public comment practices for the virtual meetings of the Full Council and its Committees that are being held during the COVID-19 global pandemic.   Previously, as reported by Atlanta Progressive News, the Council began holding virtual meetings in March 2020, but was only offering members of the […]

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APN Editor Sues Georgia over Right to Protest during Pandemic

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  (APN) ATLANTA — On Thursday, April 23, 2020, the News Editor of Atlanta Progressive News filed a lawsuit against the State of Georgia over the right to protest one’s government during the COVID-19 pandemic.   The lawsuit, Cardinale v. State of Georgia, 2020-CV-335449, was filed in Fulton County Superior Court and referred to Fulton County Superior Court Judge Emily […]

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U.S. Senate Candidate, Dillard-Smith, Betrayed Turner Field Activists

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(APN) ATLANTA — Maya Dillard-Smith, one of six candidates for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by U.S. Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), betrayed activists who were seeking a Community Benefits Agreement for the neighborhoods around the now-former Turner Field, Atlanta Progressive News can reveal.   In addition to Dillard-Smith, Sarah Riggs Amico, Marckeith DeJesus, James Knox, […]

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Editorial: Whither Freedom of Assembly?

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  (APN) ATLANTA — In less than a month, the people of the United States have witnessed a widespread, systematic, sustained, and increasing curtailment of their civil liberties and constitutional rights in the wake of the Coronavirus national pandemic.   Day after day, one level of government or another–whether the city, the county, or the state–has issued an emergency declaration […]

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Atlanta Council Silences the Public During National Pandemic

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  (APN) ATLANTA — In response to the national COVID-19 pandemic, the Atlanta City Council has shifted its meetings to an online/telephonic format, but has unnecessarily infringed upon the right of members of the public to be heard.   The City’s new public comment practice only allows members of the public to email their public comments to the City Council, […]

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Atlanta Gathered, Withheld Watershed Records from APN in 2015

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  (APN) ATLANTA — In 2015, the City of Atlanta’s Department of Watershed Management gathered records regarding its perceived need to take the homes of Peoplestown families through eminent domain, in response to a records request from Atlanta Progressive News, but then never provided the records, APN has learned.   APN previously has reported that we never received the records.   […]

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Former Council Aide Leveraged Knowledge from Job in Comcast Lobbying

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  (APN) ATLANTA — Wayne Martin, a former Chief of Staff for Atlanta City Councilman Matt Westmoreland (Post 2-at-large), accessed information related to Comcast Cable’s 2009 billion dollar franchise agreement with the City of Atlanta during his time of employment, prior to going to work for Comcast and lobbying the City Council in late 2019 to approve yet another billion […]

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Atlanta Ethics investigation of Westmoreland’s Former Aide, Wayne Martin (UPDATE 1)

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Image of Wayne Martin and Councilwoman Marci Overstreet (District 11) posted to Overstreet’s official Facebook page; reposted here pursuant to Fair Use doctrine.   (APN) ATLANTA — The Ethics Office of the City of Atlanta is currently investigating a complaint received regarding an alleged conflict of interest involving Wayne Martin, former Chief of Staff to Atlanta City Council Matt Westmoreland […]

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Atlanta Council Knowingly Approves Illegal Voucher Ordinance (UPDATE 1)

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  (APN) ATLANTA — Requiring residential lessors to accept housing authority vouchers from tenants as a form of rental payment is a national best practice.  Unfortunately, the Georgia Legislature does not allow cities to adopt such an ordinance.   So, when the Council voted on Monday, February 17, 2020 to approve an ordinance purporting to require the acceptance of vouchers […]

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Lawsuit Documents Nineteen Open Records Violations by City of Atlanta

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  Image of Robert Ashe used pursuant to fair use doctrine.   (APN) ATLANTA — In an amended complaint filed on yesterday, Friday, February 21, 2020, citizen advocate Adrian Paulette Coleman provided Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney with evidence of a total of at least nineteen known violations of the Georgia Open Records Act by the City of […]

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Atlanta Abuses Executive Session to Discuss Illegal Ordinance (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — The City Council of Atlanta continues to operate in a cloak of secrecy and abuse public trust, this time holding two closed-door meetings to discuss their illegal ordinance, 20-O-1155, despite having no eligible exception that would allow the meeting to be closed under the Georgia Open Meetings Act.   APPARENTLY ILLEGAL CLOSED MEETING   On Tuesday, February […]

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Atlanta Ordinance to Require Voucher Acceptance, Preempted by State Law

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  (APN) ATLANTA — The City of Atlanta is currently considering an ordinance by Councilman Antonio Brown (District 3) that would ban rental discrimination in Atlanta on the basis of form of payment – essentially requiring residential lessors (“landlords”) to accept vouchers issued by a housing authority.   Councilman Antonio Brown (District 3) introduced the ordinance as a personal paper […]

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City of Atlanta Lawyers Up in Coleman Open Records Case

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  Image used pursuant to fair use doctrine. (APN) ATLANTA — The City of Atlanta has retained attorney Robert L. Ashe III (commonly called “Robbie Ashe”), at a rate of 450 dollars per hour, to defend the City in a lawsuit filed by Adrian Coleman regarding the City’s violations of the Georgia Open Records Act.   The City of Atlanta has […]

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Atlanta Council Approves Rent Control Resolution to State of Georgia

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  (APN) ATLANTA — A resolution asking the State of Georgia to remove the statewide prohibition on rent control, or rent stabilization, passed the City Council of Atlanta at the Full Council Meeting on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2020/01/07/atlanta-resolution-would-ask-georgia-to-allow-rent-control/   The resolution, introduced by Councilman Antonio Brown (District 3), passed in a vote of fourteen to one.   J.P. […]

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