Author Archives: GLORIA TATUM

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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State Withdraws Cannabis Event Permit after 300 Facebook RSVPs

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(APN) ATLANTA — The State’s Georgia Building Authority (GBA) cancelled a permit for three groups to hold a pro-cannabis, or pro-marijuana, rally, earlier this month, after more than three hundred people “RSVP’d” on Facebook.   The problem with this–as most people who have organized an event using Facebook are likely well aware–is that, typically, few of the people who RSVP […]

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Lawsuit, Investigation Request Keep PSC, Georgia Power on their Toes

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) is facing a new lawsuit, while Georgia Power is facing a possible investigation – both in connection with challenges to the continued construction of new nuclear reactors 3 and 4 at Plant Vogtle.   LAWSUIT AGAINST PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION   Three groups–the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC), Partnership for Southern Equity, […]

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Atlanta Council Considering Ending Cash Bond for Certain Offenses

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta City Council is currently considering an ordinance, 18-O-1045, to do away with cash bonds and replace them with a signature bond or “recognizance” for non-violent, indigent defendants who are charged with misdemeanor violations.   The ordinance was introduced by Councilwoman Natalyn Mosby Archibong (District 5), on behalf of Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’s administration.   Cash […]

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PSC Sticks with Nuclear Reactors, Approves Two Refunds for Customers

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Photograph by Gloria Tatum.  Photograph shows Vogtle Units 1 and 2 alongside the cooling towers for planned Units 3 and 4.   (APN) ATLANTA — Just in time for the New Year, the five Public Service Commissioners (PSC), publicly elected by ratepayers, gave Georgia Power pretty much everything they wanted, as usual.   On December 21, 2017,  with a unanimous five to […]

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Several Homeless People Have Frozen to Death on Metro Atlanta Streets (UPDATE 1)

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.   (APN) ATLANTA — Several people experiencing homelessness have frozen to death on the streets of Metro Atlanta so far through the winter season of late 2017 and early 2018, as unusually cold weather and snow storms have made it even more treacherous to be homeless and unsheltered in Atlanta.   Atlanta Progressive […]

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Atlanta Drops Charges against Activist who Dared to Feed Homeless

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — On Thursday, December 14, 2017, the City of Atlanta dropped charges against activist Adele MacLean with Atlanta Food not Bombs related to her feeding homeless people in Downtown’s Hurt Park near Georgia State University.   MacLean, who goes by the nicknames Dell and Earthworm, has been feeding homeless people […]

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Ratepayers, Experts Urge PSC to Cancel Vogtle Nuclear Reactors 3 and 4 (UPDATE 2)

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(APN) ATLANTA — It’s that special time of year when the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) has been hearing arguments about whether to cancel Plant Vogtle’s nuclear reactors 3 and 4, which are in various delayed states of construction; or, alternatively, whether to finish the project.   The 17th Vogtle Construction Monitoring (VCM) hearing ran from Monday, December 11, to […]

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