Author Archives: GLORIA TATUM

Atlantans March Against Police Killings of Crutcher, Scott, Rogers, Robinson

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Friday, September 23, 2016, approximately one thousand people gathered at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights at 100 Ivan Allen Boulevard for a rally, march, and sit-in to demand not one more Black body lost to the hands of the police in the United States.   The rally was in response to the recent […]

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Solarize Decatur-DeKalb Promotes Solar Panels Installations for Homes

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(APN) DECATUR — DeKalb County homeowners, business owners, and environmentalists showed up at the downtown Decatur Recreation Center for a town hall meeting on September 01, 2016 to learn how to solarize their homes and businesses with the Solarize Decatur-DeKalb campaign.   www.solarcrowdsource.com/projects/solarize-decatur-dekalb/   One can sign up online for a free solar evaluation between September 01 and December 31, […]

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Atlantans Rally in Support of Largest Prison Strike in U.S. History

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With editing by Tom Coffin, Special to the Atlanta Progressive News   (APN) ATLANTA — The largest coordinated work stoppage and hunger strikes in U.S. history began on Friday, September 09, 2016–the 45th anniversary of the infamous and brutally suppressed prison uprising at Attica State Prison in New York–and is currently still in progress.   The prison strike encompasses at […]

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Proposed Sabal Gas Pipeline Runs through Aquifer, Wetlands, Sinkhole Territory

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(APN) ATLANTA — The proposed Sabal Trail–a fracked gas pipeline through Alabama, Georgia, and Florida–would run through hundred of miles of sinkhole-prone land, will cross over one thousand wetlands, and will disturb an aquifer.   Some environmental advocates refer to the project as the “Sinkhole Trail Pipeline.”.   The project will include approximately 474 miles of a three foot wide, […]

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Natives, Environmentalists Stand with Sioux, Opposing Dakota Pipeline

Photograph courtesy of UnicornRiot.Ninja.   (APN) ATLANTA — Native Americans, environmental activists, and landowners have formed a coalition to stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in opposing to the Dakota Access Pipeline (“Bakken pipeline”), the latest iteration of what would have been the Keystone XL Pipeline.   After seven years of protests, sit-ins, lobbying, letter writing, and a review […]

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Emory University Pursuing Atlanta Annexation

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(APN) ATLANTA — Emory University has announced plans to pursue annexation of its campus into the City of Atlanta.  Emory is currently part of unincorporated DeKalb County.   “Emory already promotes its location as Atlanta, is known internationally as being located in Atlanta, and has an Atlanta address and zip code,” the university said in a press release.   “The […]

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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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