Author Archives: GLORIA TATUM

Mims Park Statue, of Confederate Mayor Mims, Raises Concern

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(APN) ATLANTA — Plans are underway to restore historic Mims Park, on Atlanta’s West side in the Vine City community, to its original design by world renowned landscape Architects Frederick Law Olmsted and John Charles Olmsted.   The restored Mims Park will memorialize and honor legends of the Civil Rights Movement with statues, but another legacy that is interwoven in […]

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Georgians Outraged by DEA Decision Not to Reschedule Cannabis

(APN) ATLANTA — On August 11, 2016, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) rejected two petitions to reschedule cannabis (“marijuana”) under the Controlled Substances Act from Schedule 1–the classification for dangerous drugs with no medical value–to a lower classification.   https://www.dea.gov/divisions/hq/2016/hq081116.shtml   One petition was from Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington, Gov. Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island, and medical cannabis […]

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BLM Imposter, “Sir Maejor,” Impersonated FBI Agent, Police

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — Tyree Lavelle Conyers-Page, an Atlanta-based activist who calls himself “Sir Maejor,” has been at the center of controversy over the last couple weeks.   As first reported by Atlanta Progressive News, he has placed himself at the forefront of the Black Lives Matter movement in Atlanta, even though he […]

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Split PSC Approves New Nuclear Study, Some New Solar, Wind in Georgia (UPDATE 1)

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.   (APN) ATLANTA — On Thursday, July 28, 2016, the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) approved a revised Georgia Power Company Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for 2016.  The IRP is a twenty year plan that Georgia Power updates every three years.   The Plan includes at least an additional 1,200 Megawatts (MW) of […]

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Kwanza Hall Ordinance Seeks to Repeal Atlanta’s Quality of Life Code

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.   (APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall (District 2) has introduced an ordinance that, in its current form, would repeal the section of the City of Atlanta’s Code of Ordinances that currently contains the so-called “Quality of Life” laws that disproportionately target homeless people, poor people, people of color, and other […]

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Atlanta Pre-Arrest Diversion Initiative Marks Official Launch

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(APN) ATLANTA — Last month, in June 2016, the City of Atlanta and Fulton County officially launched the Pre-Arrest Diversion (PAD) Initiative to divert from the criminal justice system people whose infractions are driven mainly by addiction, mental illness, and poverty.   The launch makes Atlanta/Fulton County the fifth jurisdiction in the U.S. to embrace the PAD program.  The project […]

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Housing Justice League Hosts Public Hearing on Renter’s State of Emergency

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Housing Justice League presented “Renter’s State of Emergency,” its report on the struggle of low-income workers to pay their rent, to the public and to various elected officials in a public hearing held on Tuesday, July 19, 2016.   Advocates presented their research report to assist the Atlanta City Council with policy decisions going forward.   […]

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ANALYSIS: Mayor’s Closed Meeting with Protesters Likely Violated Open Meetings Law

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Reporting on protest and meeting by Gloria Tatum.  Legal analysis by Matthew Charles Cardinale, News Editor.   (APN) ATLANTA — A meeting held yesterday, Monday, July 18, 2016, between organizers of recent protests against police violence; and City of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Police Chief Turner, Atlanta City Councilmembers, and others, appears to have turned into what constituted, at minimum, […]

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Some Feel “Bern” to Run for U.S. Congress, Local Offices

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(APN) ATLANTA — While U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for President of the U.S., some supporters of the Sanders Campaign have started a new political action committee, the Brand New Congress (BNC), to put power in the hands of the people.   BNC is made up of progressive […]

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Five Nights of Youth Protests, Copious Arrests in Atlanta after Latest Police Killings

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  Photograph by Laura Emiko Solitis   (APN) ATLANTA — Five nights of protests in Atlanta has temporarily ended with a promise for a formal meeting Monday, July 19, 2016 between Black Lives Matter (BLM) leaders, other organizers, Mayor of Atlanta Kasim Reed, and Atlanta Police Chief George Turner to discuss their complaints.   The Monday night July 11 protest […]

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PSC Staff Recommends Approval of More Delays, Cost Overruns for Vogtle Construction, Round Fourteen

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(APN) ATLANTA — During the June 30, 2016 hearing of the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) on the 14th Vogtle Construction Monitoring (VCM) report, on the proposed new Reactors 3 and 4, the public witnessed Georgia Power and the PSC doing the “time warp” yet again.   “There will be further delays for both Vogtle 3 and 4, Steven Roetger […]

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Metro Atlantans Rally over Black Man Found Hanging in Tree in Midtown Park

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Photograph courtesy of Laura Emiko Soltis.   (APN) ATLANTA — Two gigantic rallies have been held in the last two days since the tragic discovery of a deceased Black man hanging in a tree in Piedmont Park on the morning of Thursday, July 07, 2016.   The first rally on Thursday evening, was held in immediate response to the news […]

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City of Clarkston Reduces Marijuana Penalty to 75 Dollars for Simple Possession

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(APN) CLARKSTON — The City Council of Clarkston, Georgia, voted unanimously on Tuesday night, July 05, 2016, to lower simple possession of one ounce or less of cannabis (“marijuana”) to a 75 dollar fine with no jail time.   Harsh state law in Georgia allows for arrest and confinement of people for up to one year in jail, in addition […]

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Homeless Fill Atlanta’s Jails due to “Quality of Life” Policies; Over 100,000 QOL Arrests in Three Years

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(APN) ATLANTA — There is a tremendous shortage of affordable housing units and shelter beds in the City of Atlanta – but, this shortage would be so much worse if the City of Atlanta weren’t locking so many homeless people up in cages.   The City of Atlanta’s criminalization homeless people and other marginalized communities continues through the enforcement of […]

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