Category Archives: City of Atlanta

Atlanta Council Considers Further Cuts to Public Comment, Targeting Public Officials

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(APN) ATLANTA — The City Council of Atlanta is considering legislation to further limit public comments at its meetings, in an ordinance that targets the public speaking time of current and former elected officials.   http://atlantacityga.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?Frame=SplitView&MeetingID=3031&MediaPosition=&ID=19455&CssClass=   Committee on Council Chairwoman Jennifer Ide (District 6) revealed the new ordinance, 19-O-1541, as a “first read paper” at the Monday, September 16, […]

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Bond, Dickens Seek to Reverse Eminent Domain in Peoplestown

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  (APN) ATLANTA — The longstanding controversy regarding the City of Atlanta’s efforts to take the homes of several Peoplestown residents through eminent domain has taken a new and unexpected twist.   Atlanta City Councilmembers Michael Julian Bond (Post 1-at-large) and Andre Dickens (Post 3-at-large) have introduced legislation asking the Law Department to cease its eminent domain actions against Bertha […]

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APD Investigating Anti-White Graffiti in Westside Atlanta

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta Police Department’s Hate Crimes Unit is investigating anti-White graffiti located at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive NW and Joseph E. Lowery Blvd. NW, in Atlanta’s Westside neighborhood, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   Atlanta’s Westside has been historically Black for several decades, but more White people have been moving back into the […]

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Sterigenics Promises to Reduce Pollution, but Some Seek Closure of Smyrna Plant

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Image of Sterigenics logo used pursuant to fair use doctrine for educational purposes.   (APN) ATLANTA — Residents of Atlanta and neighboring Smyrna, Georgia, have been in an uproar about the recent revelations about the ongoing emissions of ethylene oxide from the Sterigenics plant.   Some protesters have been holding demonstrations and calling for the plant to be completely closed. […]

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Atlanta Committee Rejects Expansion of Drug Free Commercial Zones

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Public Safety/Legal Administration Committee of the Atlanta City Council, on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, voted to file, or kill, Ordinance 18-O-1765, an ordinance proposed by Councilwoman Cleta Winslow (District 4) that would expand the geographic boundaries of the Atlanta’s Drug-Free Commercial Zones.   http://atlantacityga.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?MeetingID=2911&MediaPosition=&ID=16846   Councilwoman Winslow wanted to add new a Drug-Free Commercial Zone in […]

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Mayor Bottoms Testifies to U.S. Senate on Climate Change

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(APN) ATLANTA — City of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms was on-hand in Washington, D.C., as the Senate Democrats held a critical hearing that is a step toward taking emergency action on climate change at the federal level on Wednesday, July 17, 2019.     Republican Senators, while invited, declined participation in the hearing.   The hearing, by U.S. Senate Democrats’ […]

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Atlanta City Detention Center May Close, but Some Have Questions

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.   (APN) ATLANTA — On May 20, 2019, the Atlanta City Council voted to approve 19-R-3622, creating a Task Force to consider closing the Atlanta City Detention Center (ACDC) at 254 Peachtree Street SW, in a vote of eleven to one.   The Task Force is called the Task Force to Lead a […]

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Quarry Yards Marketing Materials Prompt HUD Complaint (UPDATE 3)

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Photograph includes images from Quarry Yards marketing materials, pursuant to Fair Use doctrine for educational purposes.   (APN) ATLANTA — Quarry Yards, a planned upscale development in Atlanta’s historic Grove Park neighborhood, may have violated Fair Housing laws by publishing marketing materials that appear to exclude legacy residents who are mostly Black and low-income.   “CREATED FOR A NEW ATLANTA” […]

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Councilman Brown Accuses Advocate of Homophobic Intent

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(APN) ATLANTA — Extraordinary commotion ensued at the Community Development/Human Services Committee Meeting of the Atlanta City Council on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, when Councilman Antonio Brown (District 3) accused a community advocate of homophobic intentions in the advocate’s opposition to renaming Rodney Cook Sr. Park.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YinM3tyNcsA   The incident has also been reported by WSBTV Channel 2 television […]

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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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APN Releases Atlanta City Council Scorecard for 2019

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta Progressive News has released an updated City Council Scorecard for 2019 for the City Council of Atlanta.   http://bit.ly/2ixKV6s   APN has been scoring Councilmembers since 2009.   The Scorecard includes 84 votes dating back to as early as 2003.  Councilmembers are scored on the votes in which they participate.   The most recent Scorecard was […]

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Extinction Rebellion Rebels against Extinction in Atlanta, Worldwide

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(APN) ATLANTA — As a new generation of activists comes of age, an international movement, Extinction Rebellion (XR), is creating pressure for societal changes that would be sufficient to prevent the possible extinction of humanity and other species.   XR has a chapter in Atlanta and is an international movement.   XR started in London in 2018 in response to […]

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Atlanta Ordinance Would Repeal “Known Drug Area” Law that is Unconstitutional

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Public Safety/Legal Administration Committee of the City Council of Atlanta is set to consider legislation on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at its 3 p.m. meeting, that would repeal a provision in Atlanta’s Code of Ordinances that purports to make it a crime to merely be physically present in a “known drug area.”   http://atlantacityga.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?Frame=SplitView&MeetingID=3042&MediaPosition=&ID=17758&CssClass=   Councilman […]

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SOS Investigating Senior Vote-Buying in Atlanta Election

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Secretary of State of Georgia is investigating apparent vote-buying at two senior highrises in Atlanta’s City Council District 3, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   Tess Hammock, a spokeswoman for Secretary Brad Raffensperger, confirmed the investigation is ongoing, but said she could provide no further details at this time until the investigation is complete.   APN […]

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Democrats’ HR 1 is Bold Vision for Voting Rights, Campaign Finance Reform

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(APN) ATLANTA — On March 08, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, the For The People Act of 2019, a proposed law that sets forth a comprehensive vision for improving democracy in the U.S.   HR 1 addresses myriad issues, including voting rights, campaign finance and spending reform, and election integrity and security.   The final vote […]

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