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Extraordinary Turn in Federal Lawsuit to Reclassify Cannabis

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Official photograph of Judge Guido Calebresi. (APN) ATLANTA — There has been an extraordinary turn of events in the federal lawsuit to reschedule cannabis (“marijuana”) from a Schedule 1 drug, the most dangerous classification of drugs, which also includes heroin and LSD.   As previously reported by Atlanta Progressive News, in 2017, a federal lawsuit, Washington et al. v. Sessions […]

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Protest Held at Zoo Atlanta over Sixth Mass Extinction: One Million Animals and Plants Going Extinct

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Friday, May 24, 2019, Extinction Rebellion Atlanta (XR) gathered at the entrance to Zoo Atlanta in Atlanta’s Grant Park neighborhood to raise awareness that one million animals and plants are at risk of extinction.   The African Spotted Crocodile, the Black and White Rock Lemur, the Guatemalan Beaded Lizard, the Bornean Orangutan, the Panamanian Golden Frog, […]

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National Climate Assessment Report Warns of Grave Situation

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Photograph courtesy of Willian Justen de Vasconcellos, unsplash.com .   (APN) ATLANTA — The fourth National Climate Assessment Report, released on November 23, 2018, warns of worsening natural disasters, new food and waterborne diseases, crop production failure, and economic devastation by the end of the century.   https://nca2018.globalchange.gov/   This is the third in a series of Atlanta Progressive News […]

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Activists Push Co-owner, MEAG, to End the Insanity of Vogtle Units 3, 4

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(APN) SANDY SPRINGS — On Thursday, September 20, 2018, activists insisted that the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG), a minority co-owner of the pending two new nuclear reactors 3 and 4 at Plant Vogtle, finally abandon the insanity that is their continued involvement in the project.   Since the previous report by Atlanta Progressive News on the Vogtle co-owners, […]

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Michael Williams’s Deportation Bus Hits a New Low in Republican Primary for Governor

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(APN) CLARKSTON — On Wednesday, May 17, 2018, Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Michael Williams, a State Senator from Cumming, Georgia, rolled into the cities of Decatur and Clarkston with his huge “Deportation Bus,” containing racist and hateful messages on the back of the bus: “Murders, rapists, kidnappers, child molesters, and other criminals on board….follow me to Mexico.”   Clarkston, Georgia […]

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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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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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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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Solar Expo Held in North Georgia

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(APN) BLAIRSVILLE, Georgia — The Solar Expo and Sustainability Festival, held at the Union County Arena, in Blairsville, Georgia, from August 18 to August 20, 2017, attracted thousands of people interested in getting off the grid and/or reducing their carbon footprint.   The Solar Fest was an opportunity for folks who want to become energy self-sufficient to meet people with […]

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South Carolina Pulls the Plug on Two Nuclear Reactors

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(APN) ATLANTA — Ding, Dong.  V.C. Summer’s two planned new nuclear power reactors near Columbia, South Carolina are dead.   The culprits include rising costs, falling demand for energy, construction delays, and the bankruptcy of lead contractor Westinghouse.   After nine years, Santee Cooper and South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) are pulling the plug on the fourteen billion dollar […]

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Worth County Sheriff’s Office Violates Students in Drug Search

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(APN) ATLANTA — Sheriff Jeff Hobby’s office in Worth County near Albany, Georgia, inappropriately and apparently unlawfully searched almost 900 students at Worth County High School for illegal drugs.   On April 14, 2017, some forty uniformed officers from five law enforcement agencies invaded the school and put the school on lockdown for four hours.   Police dogs were used […]

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Democratic Socialist, kamau, Elected to South Fulton City Council

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(APN) ATLANTA — On April 18, 2017, the voters of the City of South Fulton, the newly created city in south Fulton County, elected a self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist, khalid kamau, to the District 6 South Fulton City Council seat.   His name is lower-cased in the Yoruba African tradition to show that community is emphasized over the individual.   While […]

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Atlanta Passes 100% Clean Energy Resolutions for 2025, 2035 (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Monday, May 02, 2017, the City Council of Atlanta unanimously adopted a resolution that creates two clean energy goals for the City of Atlanta – one to power all electricity in City-owned buildings with clean energy by 2025, and another to power all electricity in the City with clean energy by 2035.   The vote was […]

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Eleby Won’t Be Railroaded for I-85 Collapse, Attorneys Insist

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(APN) ATLANTA — Basil Eleby, 40, the homeless man who is accused of starting a fire that caused a portion of Interstate 85 to collapse in Atlanta, has some of the best legal minds defending him plus a growing coalition of 25 diverse community and civil rights organizations that have raised concerns about his case.   Almost immediately after the […]

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Hundreds Rally for Trump Impeachment in Atlanta

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Monday, February 20, 2017, which is also President’s Day federal holiday, thousands protested Trump’s policies with “Not My President ” rallies in cities across the country, including Atlanta.   In Atlanta, hundreds walked six miles from the MARTA Arts Station to the Lenox Station chanting, “Not My President,” “Impeach Trump,” “No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist […]

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