Author Archives: GLORIA TATUM

Occupy Activists Kicked Out of Fulton Government Building

(APN) ATLANTA — Fulton County staff and a police officer escorted two activists with Occupy Our Homes Atlanta, an affiliate of the Occupy Movement, from the Fulton County Government Services Building on Industrial Boulevard, after the activists simply tried to attend a meeting involving a foreclosure case they have been working on. On Thursday, April 11, 2013, various Fulton County […]

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Israeli Peace Activist Visits Atlanta

An earlier version of this article was edited by Bob Goodman and circulated via the Human Rights Atlanta email group. (APN) DECATUR — With Palestine having been recognized as a state by the United Nations on Thursday, November 29, 2012, it is clear that there is more than one side to the story of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  One unique voice […]

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Foreclosure Prevention Aid Slow to Reach Georgians

(APN) ATLANTA — The State of Georgia has received over 339 million dollars from the Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) program and that money is intended to assist Georgians facing foreclosure.  However, these funds have been slow to reach Georgians and some advocates and elected officials are concerned about additional qualifications added by the State which may continue to make it […]

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Occupy Atlanta, Tea Party Patriots Defeat SB 469

(APN) ATLANTA — Thursday, March 29, 2012, the last day of the General Assembly, began for Occupy Atlanta, unions, religious leaders, leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, community activists, and the Tea Party at 9:30am with a prayer vigil outside the Capitol steps.   Activists continued with a rally to speak out against some of the most oppressive bills.   SB […]

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Occupy Atlanta Claims Partial Victory in AT&T Protest

(APN) ATLANTA — Today, Monday, March 26, 2012, Occupy Atlanta, Communication Workers of America (CWA) Local 3204, and Atlanta Jobs with Justice announced a historic victory in preventing over 250 layoffs at AT&T.   The coalition claims that the pressure they put on AT&T resulted in a reduction of layoffs from 740 jobs to 485 jobs, therefore, saving 255 jobs. […]

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Citizens Rally, Speak Out against SB 469

(APN) ATLANTA — On Saturday, March 17, 2012, over forty organizations and two thousand citizens gathered at the State Capitol to “kill the bill.” SB 469–which as previously reported by Atlanta Progressive News, would make protesting on private property an aggravated misdemeanor, carrying steep fines and prison time–has drawn opposition from Fulton County Sheriff Ted Jackson; Martin Luther King, III; […]

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Georgians Rally for “Quitman Ten Plus Two”

(APN) QUITMAN — On Saturday, February 25, 2012, over five hundred Georgia citizens marched in support of the Quitman Ten Plus Two.  As previously reported by Atlanta Progressive News, the twelve have been accused of voter fraud in a local Board of Education election in Brooks County, Georgia, in 2010. Activists are calling the Quitman case a modern-day civil rights […]

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Bill Would Promote Solar Power in Georgia by Breaking Utility’s Monopoly

(APN) ATLANTA — Senate Bill 401 is a new, bipartisan bill introduced in Georgia’s State Senate would encourage private investment in solar power, stimulate the economic growth of Georgia, and enhance the continued diversification of the energy resources. The bill would overturn two existing laws which are standing in the way of meaningful development of solar power alternatives in Georgia. […]

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Advocates, Experts Blast Welfare Drug Testing Bill at Hearing

(APN) ATLANTA — At a legislative hearing on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, at the Georgia Capitol, State Rep. Jason Spencer (R- Woodbine), one of the co-sponsors of HB 668–which would require people who receive temporary assistance for needy families (TANF) to submit to a drug test–sought to advance his bill. Instead, he met fierce opposition from advocates and experts who […]

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Georgia Considers Reforms to Reduce Prison Population, Costs

With additional reporting on the Special Council’s recommendations by Matthew Cardinale. (APN) ATLANTA — This year, the Georgia Legislature is expected to begin considering a package of reforms intended to reduce the state’s prison population as well as the enormous costs to taxpayers that Georgia’s mass incarceration policies have caused year after year. The Report of the Special Council on […]

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Black Leaders Mobilize to Help the Quitman Ten

  (APN) ATLANTA — Black leaders and elected officials held a press conference at the Georgia State Capitol on Monday, January 23, 2012, to discuss their concern regarding the Quitman Ten, a group of Black elected officials and voters from Quitman, Georgia, who are facing questionable indictments for voter fraud. Quitman, Brooks County, Georgia is a small town of approximate […]

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AP1000 Design for New Vogtle Reactors a Problem for Georgia Power

  (APN) ATLANTA – The AP1000 Oversight Group, the North Carolina Waste Awareness and Reduction Network (NC WARN), and Friends of the Earth filed a petition November 10, 2011, to require the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to resolve design issues on the Westinghouse-Toshiba AP 1000 prior to certification. Proposed new reactors for two sites in the US South rely […]

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FCC Panel in Atlanta Examines the Future of Media

(APN) ATLANTA — US Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioners Michael J. Copps and Mignon Clyburn, hosted a forum at Georgia Tech on Information Needs of Atlanta, on December 01, 2011. About two hundred people including a dozen from Occupy Atlanta came to hear the Commissioners and the panelists discuss the state of Atlanta’s media and […]

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Georgia Legislators Seek to Drug Test Welfare Recipients

With additional legal reporting by Matthew Cardinale. (APN) ATLANTA — Yesterday, November 15, 2011, State Rep. Jason Spencer (R – Woodbine) and State Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell) introduced, or pre-filed, legislation requiring drug tests for applicants seeking assistance through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. The House bill is called the Social Responsibility and Accountability Act, HB 668. […]

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APD Officers Run Motorcycle into Protesters, Charge Horse at Senior

  With additional reporting by Matthew Cardinale. (APN) ATLANTA — Over one hundred Atlanta Police were out in full force again on the night of Saturday, November 05, 2011, after Occupy Atlanta reoccupied Woodruff Park [also known as Troy Davis park] to redress their grievances that the current system continues to fail the people, and to demand real change. During […]

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