Author Archives: GLORIA TATUM

Activists Confront PSC on Georgia Power’s Energy Plan, Seek All Renewables

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.   (APN) ATLANTA — On Tuesday, June 11, 2019, environmentalists and clean energy advocates from across the State of Georgia joined the Sierra Club in a rally to demand one hundred percent renewable energy in Georgia.   About fifty people gathered on Washington Street across from the Georgia Public Service Commission office in […]

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Protest Held at Zoo Atlanta over Sixth Mass Extinction: One Million Animals and Plants Going Extinct

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Friday, May 24, 2019, Extinction Rebellion Atlanta (XR) gathered at the entrance to Zoo Atlanta in Atlanta’s Grant Park neighborhood to raise awareness that one million animals and plants are at risk of extinction.   The African Spotted Crocodile, the Black and White Rock Lemur, the Guatemalan Beaded Lizard, the Bornean Orangutan, the Panamanian Golden Frog, […]

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Women Outraged, Say “Hell No” to Abortion Ban Adopted in Georgia

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(APN) ATLANTA — Over ten thousand people marched on Saturday, May 25, 2019, from the State Capitol to CNN in the latest of marches in opposition to Georgia’s recently-adopted anti-choice law.  Each march is growing in size above the last.   The culture war is back as a wave of state-enacted abortion bans, including Georgia’s HB 481, are working their way […]

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Extinction Rebellion Rebels against Extinction in Atlanta, Worldwide

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(APN) ATLANTA — As a new generation of activists comes of age, an international movement, Extinction Rebellion (XR), is creating pressure for societal changes that would be sufficient to prevent the possible extinction of humanity and other species.   XR has a chapter in Atlanta and is an international movement.   XR started in London in 2018 in response to […]

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Georgia Approves New E-Voting Regime, but will Paper Record be Utilized?

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.  Photograph by Gloria Tatum.   (APN) ATLANTA — On April 02, 2019, Gov. Brian Kemp signed HB 316, a new law to require the State of Georgia to purchase new electronic voting equipment for Georgia elections.     The law attempts to address some of the concerns raised by elections integrity activists in […]

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Democrats’ HR 1 is Bold Vision for Voting Rights, Campaign Finance Reform

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(APN) ATLANTA — On March 08, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, the For The People Act of 2019, a proposed law that sets forth a comprehensive vision for improving democracy in the U.S.   HR 1 addresses myriad issues, including voting rights, campaign finance and spending reform, and election integrity and security.   The final vote […]

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Gwinnett Voters to Consider Joining MARTA on March 19

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Tuesday, March 19, 2019, Gwinnett residents will decide in a Special Election, in a transit contract referendum, if Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) expands into the county.     MARTA is currently comprised of Clayton, DeKalb, and Fulton Counties; and the City of Atlanta.  Clayton joined MARTA most recently, and this referendum is part of […]

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General Assembly Acts on Some Cannabis Bills, Stalls on Others

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.  File photo.   (APN) ATLANTA — Georgia legislators introduced at least four cannabis bills during this 2019-2020 Legislative Session of the Georgia General Assembly: HB 213 (“Georgia Hemp Farming Act”), HB 324 (“Georgia’s Hope Act”), SB 10 (“Decriminalization”), and HB 268 (“Record Restriction for Simple Cannabis Possession”).   So far, it looks like […]

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Green New Deal Introduced by U.S. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Markey

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(APN) ATLANTA — U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and U.S. Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced legislation for a Green New Deal.  HR 109, the House version, has 68 co-sponsors, all Democrats, to date.   https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-resolution/109/text   WHAT IS THE GREEN NEW DEAL?   The Green New Deal is a proposal to restore the health of the planet and the health […]

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SAFE Commission Seeks New E-voting Machines, Experts Warn against Model Selected

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  (APN) ATLANTA — On January 10, 2019, the Secure, Accessible & Fair Election (SAFE) Commission–created by then-Secretary of State (SOS), Brian Kemp–issued its recommendations, including a recommendation that Georgia move to a new E-voting system that includes a paper trail of persons’ votes that could be used in a recount.   http://sos.ga.gov/admin/uploads/SAFE_Commission_Report_FINAL_(1-10-18).pdf   The SAFE Commission is made up […]

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Advocates Continue to Press Atlanta Council on Homeless Warming Centers

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Monday, January 07, 2019, advocates continued to press the Atlanta City Council to force changes to the City’s policies related to the opening of warming centers; and to stop criminalizing homeless people through the enforcement of problematic city ordinances.   Atlanta continues to have a crisis of homelessness, made worse by the lack of affordable housing […]

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National Climate Assessment Report Warns of Grave Situation

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Photograph courtesy of Willian Justen de Vasconcellos, unsplash.com .   (APN) ATLANTA — The fourth National Climate Assessment Report, released on November 23, 2018, warns of worsening natural disasters, new food and waterborne diseases, crop production failure, and economic devastation by the end of the century.   https://nca2018.globalchange.gov/   This is the third in a series of Atlanta Progressive News […]

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Children, Youth Sue U.S. Government over Climate Change Inaction

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(APN) ATLANTA — Juliana v. U.S. Government is no ordinary lawsuit; it is a historic lawsuit with children telling President Donald Trump and the fossil fuel industry that they will see them in court to save the the environment for future generations.   The Children’s Climate Change lawsuit was first filed in August 2015 in U.S. District Court in Eugene, […]

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