Category Archives: City of Atlanta

Atlanta Council Debates Cannabis Decriminalization; Work Session Scheduled for Next Week (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Meeting of the Public Safety/Legal Administration Committee was one of the wildest Committee Meetings of the Atlanta City Council in recent memory, as Committee Members discussed a proposed amendment by Ivory Young (District 3) to decriminalize cannabis (“marijuana”) in the City of Atlanta.   The Committee decided not to vote on Young’s […]

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Hundreds Protest over DeAundre Phillips APD Killing, Withholding of Tape and Officer Name

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(APN) ATLANTA — Frustration and anger spilled into the streets of Atlanta’s Bankhead neighborhood on Sunday, February 12, 2017, as residents grapple with yet another questionable killing of an unarmed, young Black man by police.   DeAundre Phillips, 24, a father of a five year-old daughter, was sleeping in a car on January 26, 2017, minutes before a plain-clothed Atlanta […]

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Atlanta Council Limits Public Comments, Often Lacks Quorum to Hear Comments

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(APN) ATLANTA — Local democracy has apparently become a nuisance to the Atlanta City Council, except to the extent that its members want citizens to vote for them in November.   Six of seven of the Committees of the Atlanta City Council now have severely restrictive public comment policies, limiting the amount of time any one citizen can address the […]

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Moore, Martin Express Support for CBA for Turner Field

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(APN) ATLANTA — At the Monday, February 06, 2017 Full Council Meeting of the City Council of Atlanta, Councilmembers Felicia Moore (District 9) and CT Martin (District 10) expressed their support for a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) for the Turner Field redevelopment.   Moore and Martin–who are both running for Council President in this year’s municipal elections–made comments following over […]

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GSU Student Meeting Taken Over by Protesters Seeking CBA for Turner Field

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — A tidal wave of resistance swept over the Student Government Association (SGA) at Georgia State University (GSU) on Thursday, February 02, 2016, as a group of students and community members took over a SGA meeting, convincing six SGA Senators to agree to help draft a resolution supporting a Community […]

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Atlantans Protest at Airport over Trump Orders Banning Muslims

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Photograph courtesy of Judy Conder.   (APN) COLLEGE PARK, Georgia — On Sunday, January 29, 2017, Atlantans joined massive nationwide protests that exploded in over thirty U.S. cities in response to President Donald Trump’s latest Executive Orders banning all Muslims citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen from entering the United States for ninety days.   Syrian […]

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Turner Field Sale Documents Show Scarce Community Benefits

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(APN) ATLANTA — Residents, activists, and students spent two years advocating for a Community Benefits Agreement for the Turner Field redevelopment.  Not only was a CBA excluded from sale documents, but few shallow benefits were agreed to in the sale, Atlanta Progressive News has learned upon making an open records request.   http://bit.ly/2kBO7D4   Students, residents, and activists blasted the […]

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63,000 March in Atlanta, Unified against Trump

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Saturday, January 21, 2017, some 63,000 people marched from the Center for Civil and Human Rights to Liberty Plaza at the Georgia State Capitol to show opposition to President Donald Trump’s contradictory messages, boldfaced lies, demonization of minorities, and cabinet appointments that are extreme, even for Republican standards   Torrents of rain, flooding, and tornado warnings […]

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APN Releases Atlanta Council Scorecard for 2016

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(APN) ATLANTA — As 2016 winds down and the City of Atlanta’s 2017 Municipal Election cycle picks up, Atlanta Progressive News is releasing its Atlanta City Councilmember Scorecard.   APN’s Scorecard is one of the most comprehensive, substantive, and transparent scorecards of the Atlanta City Council.  The Scorecard is available as a public Google Spreadsheet:   http://bit.ly/2ixKV6s   APN has […]

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Council Approves Privatization of Key Downtown Atlanta’s Public Streets (UPDATE 1)

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — The City of Atlanta has approved a controversial proposal to sell the downtown Atlanta Underground property–including the mall and the surrounding pedestrian plaza–to a developer who plans to turn some of the public spaces into private streets.   Once private, the property owner may exclude individuals whose presence they […]

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Activists Blocked from Home of Mayor “Extreme Greed”

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Sunday, December 04, 2016, the Street Groomers, a Black-led organization that feeds hungry people, keeps the streets safe, and cleans up neglected Black neighborhoods, planned to take the community problems of hunger, homelessness, and gentrification to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s house.   However, when the group got to the Publix shopping center close to Mayor Reed’s […]

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Sen. Fort, Mayoral Candidate, Seeks to Decriminalize Cannabis in Atlanta

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(APN) ATLANTA — When State Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta) announced his run for Mayor of Atlanta on November 12, 2016, he became the first candidate for Atlanta elected office to run on a platform that includes decriminalization of cannabis, or marijuana, within City limits.   This would mean that cannabis would remain illegal at the state level in Georgia, and […]

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Mayor Reed Thankful for Eminent Domain; Peoplestown Residents Fight Back

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Monday, November 21, 2016, the Housing Justice League, along with twenty residents from Atlanta’s Peoplestown community, tried to hand deliver a petition with over 6,000 signatures to Mayor Kasim Reed, asking him to stop the eminent domain proceedings that would displace several long-time residents of Peoplestown.   Instead of accepting the petition, though, Mayor Reed chose […]

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APN Celebrates 11 Years of Publication; Editor Returning to Atlanta

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(APN) ATLANTA — Upon the eleven year anniversary of Atlanta Progressive News, Matthew Charles Cardinale released the following statement: ####   Eleven years ago, on November 23, 2005, I launched the Atlanta Progressive News – a progressive news organization in Atlanta, from a FEMA-funded hotel room on Executive Park Drive, in what is now Brookhaven, Georgia.   I had just […]

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“Not My President,” Atlantans Express in Trump Protest

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(APN) ATLANTA — Thousands of Atlantans, led by Millennials, took over the streets on Friday night, November 11, 2016, chanting such expressions as, “Not My President!,” “F*ck Trump,”  and “Love Trumps Hate.”   It was the third night of national protests to Trump’s election and racist policies since Tuesday’s election.   A World Without Police (AWWP) organized the night’s resistance […]

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