Category Archives: City of Atlanta

Atlanta Council Midterm Scorecard 2017: Bottoms at Bottom

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(APN) ATLANTA — As it is now nearly midway through 2017, Atlanta Progressive News is releasing an updated cumulative scorecard for the Atlanta City Council.   The APN Atlanta City Council Scorecard is the most comprehensive, voting record-based scorecard available for the current Atlanta City Council, and is available as a public Google Spreadsheet:   http://bit.ly/2ixKV6s   The Scorecard is […]

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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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GSU Press Release Misleads on So-Called Community Plan for Turner Field (UPDATE 1)

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With additional reporting by Gloria Tatum   (APN) ATLANTA — On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, activists with the Turner Field Community Benefits Coalition decried a press release from Georgia State University (GSU) announcing a so-called Community Benefits Plan – an announcement that they described as “premature and in bad faith.”   On Monday, April 24, GSU published a press release […]

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Atlanta Council Approves Trust Fund for Turner Field Communities

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Monday, April 17, 2017, the City Council of Atlanta approved in a vote of nine to three, an ordinance by Councilman Michael Julian Bond (Post 1-at-large) to create a Trust Fund to benefit the communities surrounding the former Turner Field, including Summerhill, Mechanicsville, Peoplestown, Pittsburgh, and part of Grant Park.   http://atlantacityga.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?MeetingID=1933&ID=11620   Voting in favor […]

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Fort, Hall Pledge to Implement Decriminalization, if Passed by Council

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(APN) ATLANTA — Two candidates for Mayor of Atlanta in this November 2017 Municipal Election–State Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta) and Councilman Kwanza Hall (District 2)–pledged that as Mayor, they would take steps to implement the decriminalization of cannabis (or “marijuana”) possession, if the Atlanta City Council were to pass the ordinance it is currently considering.   An ordinance by Councilman […]

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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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Five Arrested by GSU during Sit-in Protest for Turner Field CBA

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Monday, April 10, 2017, a five hour sit-in by Georgia State University (GSU) students, including members of United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS); and members of the Turner Field Benefits Coalition, which sought to demand a meeting with GSU President Dr. Mark Becker, ended with five people being arrested for refusing to leave the building.   The […]

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Tent City at Turner Field Enters Day Nine, CBA Demanded

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — Activists with the Turner Field Community Benefits Coalition (TFCBC) drew a line in the sand on April 01, 2017, when they created a Tent City at the gates of the now-former Turner Field.   The tents are there to dramatize the crisis that is happening to residents who live […]

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Atlanta May Be the Next City to Decriminalize Cannabis Possession

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta appears set to follow the example set by Clarkston, Georgia, which in 2016 reduced the possible penalties for possession of one ounce of cannabis (“marijuana”).   At the last meeting of the Atlanta City Council’s Public Safety/Legal Administration Committee, the Committee voted to recommend approval of an ordinance by Councilman Kwanza Hall (District 2), 17-O-1152, to […]

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Atlanta’s People TV Again in Limbo, as Mayor Pushes RFP

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta’s cable Channel 24, a public access station known as People TV, will lose the fifteen thousand dollars a month funding from the City of Atlanta on June 31, 2017, and is in danger of ceasing operations at that time.   People TV has been one of the few progressive media in Atlanta for decades, and has […]

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SPECIAL REPORT: Immigrants Laboring in Fear, Squalor on Georgia Farms

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(APN) COBBTOWN, Georgia — The  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid in neighboring Savannah, Georgia, still echoes through the field-lined dirt roads in agricultural Cobbtown for the immigrant laborers who reside there.   The low wages, the long hours harvesting onions under the scorching Georgia sun, the discrimination, the underpaid hours – all of it has become background noise […]

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Woman Fighting Eminent Domain Case to Run for City Council

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(APN) ATLANTA — Tanya Washington, 46, is running for Atlanta City Council District 1, after years of fighting with the City of Atlanta to keep her home in Peoplestown, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   As previously reported by APN, the City of Atlanta has been trying to take a residential block of homes in Atlanta’s Peoplestown neighborhood to create […]

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Councilman Bond Seeks Trust Fund for Turner Field Communities, as Smith Holds Meeting

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Councilman Michael Julian Bond (Post 1-at-large) has introduced an ordinance at the Monday, February 20, 2017 Full Council Meeting, directing the Chief Financial Officer of the City of Atlanta to establish a Trust Fund to benefit the neighborhoods surrounding the Turner Field redevelopment.   The ordinance was referred to Finance/Executive Committee, where it will be […]

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Atlantans Protest in Response to ICE Raids on Immigrants

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Thursday, February 16, 2017, hundreds rallied at the ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) headquarters in downtown Atlanta to send a message to President Donald Trump and his administration that immigrants have a right to remain, will not be silent, and are going to resist every step of the way.   The day was declared “A Day […]

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Trump’s Federal Budget Would Devastate Georgia, Working Families

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(APN) ATLANTA — The federal budget proposals being considered by U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration, with some ten trillion dollars in cuts over ten years, would be devastating to Georgia.   Trump has been discussing the federal budget with his policy team, and has been relying upon two draconian, slash-and-burn budget proposals: one put forth by the Republican […]

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