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Rainbow Family Gathering in Georgia Disrupted by Federal Officers (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) DAHLONEGA, Georgia — The 47th annual Rainbow Family Gathering was held in the Chattahoochee National Forest near Dahlonega, Georgia over the Fourth of July week, 2018.     Some 4,500 people, including students, veterans, teachers, homeless youth, professional people, some poor, some wealthy from across the country attended the gathering, which is held in national parks across the U.S. […]

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Atlantans Protest Trump’s Immigrant Family Separations

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Saturday, June 30, 2018, thousands of Atlantans joined millions across the U.S., in over seven hundred protest rallies nationwide, in marching to oppose Trump’s zero-tolerance policy that separates immigrant children from their non-criminal, non-violent parents who are seeking asylum.   A smaller group of protesters maintained an overnight presence at the Atlanta Detention Center through Monday, […]

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Mariah Parker, Progressive Slate Elected in Athens, Georgia

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(APN) ATLANTA — Mariah Parker, a 26 year-old University of Georgia doctoral student and rapper, was sworn in as an Athens-Clarke County Commissioner from District 2 on June 05, 2018.   Parker’s race was a Special Election to replace former Commissioner Harry Sims, who resigned his seat to run for Mayor.        Parker ran on a platform of economic […]

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Atlanta Makes Sustainability Strides under Stuckey’s Leadership (UPDATE 2)

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Photograph courtesy of Erik Voss, copyright 2018 Erik Voss.   (APN) ATLANTA — Over the last few years of the leadership of Stephanie Stuckey (formerly Stephanie Stuckey Benfield), the City of Atlanta has made numerous strides towards sustainability.   The former State Representative joined the then-Mayor Kasim Reed Administration in 2015 as Director of the Office of Sustainability.   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2015/09/23/city-of-atlanta-preparing-to-embrace-solar-panels/ […]

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Olsen Claims He Feared for his Life from an Unarmed, Naked Man

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(APN) DECATUR — In a packed courtroom, former DeKalb County police officer Robert Olsen, claimed self-defense in the 2015 shooting death of Anthony Hill, an unarmed and naked, mentally ill man who Olsen shot and killed.   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2015/03/23/feature-in-san-antonio-anthony-hill-wouldve-been-helped-not-shot/   The two-day immunity hearing for Olsen concluded on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 in DeKalb County Superior Court with Judge J.P. Boulee […]

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Michael Williams’s Deportation Bus Hits a New Low in Republican Primary for Governor

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(APN) CLARKSTON — On Wednesday, May 17, 2018, Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Michael Williams, a State Senator from Cumming, Georgia, rolled into the cities of Decatur and Clarkston with his huge “Deportation Bus,” containing racist and hateful messages on the back of the bus: “Murders, rapists, kidnappers, child molesters, and other criminals on board….follow me to Mexico.”   Clarkston, Georgia […]

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Health, Environmental Harms Ignored at Plant Vogtle VCM 18 Hearings (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — At the Eighteenth Semi-Annual Vogtle Construction Monitoring (VCM) proceedings, Georgia Power’s hand is out again to request approval from the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) for 448 million dollars invested in the construction of two new nuclear power reactors, Unit 3 and Unit 4, between July 1, 2017, through December 31, 2017.   Advocates and commissioners alike […]

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Activists Counter White Supremacist NSM Rally in Newnan, Georgia

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(APN) NEWNAN, Georgia — On Saturday, April 21, a day after Adolf Hitler’s birthday, the National Socialist Movement (NSM), a White Supremacist organization, held a rally in Newnan, Georgia that was attended by some 25 self-professed Nazis.   Newnan is about one hour south of Atlanta.   Some activists believe that the Confederate monuments and streets named after Confederate generals […]

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Georgia Legislature Sunsets Prepayment of Future Nuclear Plants

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.   (APN) ATLANTA — With bipartisan support, on March 21, 2018, the Georgia Legislature passed SB 355, which will sunset the Georgia Nuclear Energy Financing Act of 2009 for any future nuclear plants after January 2018.   This means that in the unconscionable situation that should Georgia decide to pursue any additional nuclear […]

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Dr. Rita Jackson Samuels, 1945-2018, !Presente!

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(APN) ATLANTA — Dr. Rita Jackson Samuels, a truly remarkable trailblazer and passionate advocate for civil rights and women’s rights, passed away on March 27, 2018 from congestive heart failure at the age of 72.   She marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. many times, including the historic 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery.   Samuels, inspired by the […]

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Students in Atlanta, U.S. “March for Our Lives” over Mass Shootings

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(APN) ATLANTA — Sparked by the February 14, 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, a nationwide “March For Our Lives” was held on March 24 in Atlanta; Washington, D.C.; and around the country to stop gun violence.   The Washington, DC rally drew some 800,000 people.  A march in Parkland, Florida, drew an estimated 30,000 marchers.   Millions marched in […]

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Legislature Considers New Voter Equipment, but Experts Say Law Needs Fix (UPDATE 1)

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.   (APN) ATLANTA — The State House is currently considering SB 403, to replace the current E-voting machines, which are direct recording, with ballot marking devices, allowing for a paper audit trail in Georgia elections by Jan. 01, 2024.   On Feb. 28, 2018, the bill passed the State Senate nearly unanimously, in […]

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Women, Youth Take Lead on Gun Reform Protests in Atlanta, Nationwide

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — Both in Atlanta and nationwide, women and youth are taking the lead on gun reform following another mass school murder on February 14, 2018 that left seventeen students dead and nineteen injured at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.   On Wednesday, February 21, 2018, thousands from […]

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Proposed City of Greenhaven Bill Stalls, as Some Seek Atlanta Annexation

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — A controversial bill to create a new City of Greenhaven, comprised of much of remaining unincorporated DeKalb County, did not pass out of the State House and thus did not “cross over” to the State Senate.   The bill appears to be dead for this year; however, opponents of […]

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Atlanta Implements No Cash Bail for Misdemeanors, after Fiery Debate

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — On Thursday, March 01, 2018, the City of Atlanta began implementing its “no cash bail” policy for certain non-violent misdemeanor offenses.   Under the new process, most persons who are arrested for non-violent, misdemeanor offenses will be booked in under charges for which they were arrested; receive a self-bond […]

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