Author Archives: GLORIA TATUM

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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Caldicott Discusses Nuclear Power’s Health Effects during Atlanta Visit

  (APN) ATLANTA — On October 02, 2011, Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) hosted the world’s leading anti-nuclear activist, Dr. Helen Caldicott, at the 7 Stages theatre in Atlanta’s Little Five Points community.</p> Caldicott founded the Women’s Action for Nuclear Disarmament (WAND) in the US in 1980, which later changed its name to focus on nuclear power. She […]

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52 Occupy Atlanta Protesters Arrested

  With additional reporting, including information requests to APD, by Matthew Cardinale. (APN) ATLANTA — After three previous threats of evictions from the Mayor’s office and a continued build-up of police present around Woodruff Park–unoffically renamed Troy Davis Park by Occupy Atlanta–Atlanta Police arrested fifty-two members of Occupy Atlanta members were arrested around 1am, Wednesday morning, October 26, 2011. The […]

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Happening Now: Occupy Atlanta Occupying Woodruff Park

(APN) ATLANTA — Occupy Atlanta, the Atlanta branch of the Occupy Together movement, has occupied Woodruff Park, following a General Assembly, which began earlier today at 6pm, Friday, October 07, 2011. A group of 150 activists decided to stay in the park past the 11pm closing time and are still in the park as of the time of publication of […]

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Georgia PSC Can’t Silence Nuclear Power Debate

  (APN) Doug Everett, Member of the Georgia Public Service Commission, attempted to limit the scope of public remarks at a recent meeting of the PSC, on Wednesday, July 06, 2011, but could not prevent citizens from stating they do not want two new nuclear power reactors in Georgia at Plant Vogtle. The nuclear disaster at Fukushima is a wake-up […]

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Federal Judge Throws Out Two Provisions of Georgia’s Immigrant Law

  (APN) ATLANTA — On June 27, 2011, US District Judge Thomas Thrash, Jr., put on hold two core parts of HB 87 which would have gone into effect July 1.  His ruling blocks police from asking about immigration status during investigations of criminal violations.  Investigations into someone going a few miles over the speed limit, rolling a stop sign, […]

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NAACP, GCPA Sue Georgia for Neglecting Low-Income Voter Registration

  A lawsuit was filed on June 6, 2011 in federal court  to force Georgia’s state public assistance offices to comply with the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) that requires all public assistance offices to offer voter registration forms to people seeking public assistance. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP (Georgia NAACP) […]

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Lawsuit Filed to Challenge Georgia’s Anti-Immigrant Law

(APN) ATLANTA — On Thursday, June 02, 2011, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Georgia, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Asian Law Caucus, and a coalition of other organizations including civil rights groups filed a class action lawsuit challenging Georgia’s discriminatory anti-immigrant law passed last month and inspired by Arizona’s notorious SB 1070. […]

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Governor Deal Poised to Sign Divisive Immigration Bill in Georgia

(APN) ATLANTA — Governor Nathan Deal is poised to sign the controversial racial profiling immigration bill, HB 87, into law.  He has until May 24, 2011, to sign or veto the bill before it automatically becomes law, that is, forty days since it was passed by the legislature. Deal is in a bit of a bind because Georgia Republicans are […]

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For Activists, Architects, 9/11 Questions Linger Ten Years Later

With additional reporting by Matthew Cardinale, News Editor. (APN) ATLANTA — It will be ten years since September 11, 2001, in just a few months.  And yet some of the most basic and fundamental questions about what happened that day–based upon physics and the forensic science of structural engineering–in the collapse of three towers at the World Trade Center in […]

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Georgia to Begin Medical Marijuana Research Trials

(APN) ATLANTA — “Yes We Cannabis” was the rallying cry of many individuals and organizations on the grounds of the State Capitol, Wednesday, April 20, 2011, in support of marijuana policy reform in the State of Georgia. The group also celebrated the fact that Georgia has started to implement the Medical Marijuana Necessities Act of 1981 (MMNA 1981) that will […]

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8,000 Rally against Georgia Anti-Immigrant Bills

(APN) ATLANTA — Over 8,000 activists rallied outside the State Capitol on Thursday, March 24, 2011, to show their outrage and disgust over Georgia’s Arizona-type immigration bills. As previously reported by Atlanta Progressive News, legislation, HB 87, has already passed the State House.  A similar bill, SB 40, has also passed the State Senate. While the vast majority of protesters […]

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200 Protest in Midtown over US Occupations of Iraq, Afghanistan

(APN) ATLANTA —  Yesterday, on the 8th anniversary of the criminal US “shock and awe” attack on Iraq, 160 Atlantans marched in Midtown to bring awareness that the US still has troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that these continued occupations will cost Georgia taxpayers five billion dollars in 2011. “Bring the Troops and War Dollars Home!” “Money for Jobs […]

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College Student Activist Arrested at HOPE Debate in Georgia House

(APN) ATLANTA — Andrew Epstein, a graduate student in history at the University of Georgia, was arrested today, Tuesday, March 08, 2011, at the Georgia State Capitol during the State Senate floor debate of HB 326, the Republican bill to amend the HOPE Scholarship. About ten minutes into the Senate debate on HB 326, a banner was quietly dropped over […]

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