Category Archives: City of Atlanta

Standing Rock Solidarity Events Held in Atlanta, Decatur

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(APN) ATLANTA — Activists held two events, one in Atlanta and one in Decatur, in recent weeks in solidarity with the Native American-led protests at Standing Rock, in South Dakota, against the Dakota Pipeline, which have been ongoing for months.   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2016/08/28/natives-environmentalists-stand-with-sioux-opposing-dakota-pipeline/   Vigils and rallies for Standing Rock are popping up everywhere across the country, and even in other […]

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Encampment at Atlanta City Hall Addresses Gentrification

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Monday, November 07, 2016, ATLisReady, a coalition of dozens of organizations, distributed a position paper to the City Council of Atlanta and Mayor Kasim Reed on the problems of, and solutions to, Atlanta’s Equity Crisis.  Then, they set up a Tent City outside of City Hall, and they stayed through Tuesday morning.   The City too […]

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MARTA Project List Not Certain in Sales Tax Referendum

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(APN) ATLANTA — On the November 08, 2016 General Election ballot, voters in the City of Atlanta are being asked whether to support or to oppose a half-penny sales tax to support MARTA.   However, Atlanta Progressive News has learned that, rather than a specific list of projects, the referendum poses a large menu of possibilities for transportation improvements.   […]

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EDITORIAL: 30 Percent AMI on the Beltline; Now or Never

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Council members need to stop declaring their desire for “mixed-income communities,” unless they are willing to at some point enact public policies that actually support each part of the mix.   The time is now to enact a public policy to produce units to benefit Atlanta’s working households making 15,000 dollars and less per year, […]

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Fialkow, Hodges Claim Anti-Semitism in Homeless Task Force Lawsuit

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With research by Gloria Tatum   (APN) ATLANTA — Developer Emmanuel “Manny” Fialkow, who, documents show, conspired to sabotage the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless so he could obtain its building–and his attorney Ken Hodges, former Democratic nominee for Attorney General–have accused the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless and its attorneys of anti-semitism, in a latest […]

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Rev. Benford Stellmacher, 1953-2016, !Presente!

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(APN) ATLANTA – Rev. Benford Dwight Stellmacher, 63, a strong advocate for, and generous servant of, low-income and homeless people; someone who carried on the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement; and a long-standing producer of the “Issues and Answers” show Atlanta’s People TV public access television, has passed away.   An extraordinary man and gentle giant, he was an […]

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Black Lives Matter Shuts Down Atlanta Council, as Council Approves Eminent Domain Talks for Peachtree-Pine

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Monday, October 03, 2016, Black Lives Matter Atlanta and a broad, youth-led coalition of progressive activists led a lengthy series of disruptions of the Full Council Meeting of the City Council of Atlanta.   It was the rowdiest, most boisterous direct action to take place in Council Chambers since the 2005 panhandling ordinance.   To his […]

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Cheryl Courtney-Evans, 1952-2016, !Presente!

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(APN) ATLANTA — Cheryl Courtney-Evans, 61, a pioneering transgender activist in Atlanta, has passed away, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   She was the founder and Executive Director of Transgender Individuals Living Their Truth (TILTT), which hosts its meetings at the Phillip Rush Center.   http://www.tiltt.org/   Courtney-Evans advocated for transgender equality issues at the local, state, and national levels. […]

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Open Door Community, a Space for Homeless Advocacy, Closing in January 2017

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With additional background by Matthew Charles Cardinale.   (APN) ATLANTA — The Open Door Community at 910 Ponce de Leon Avenue, a home and community space that has served Atlanta’s homeless community and many others in Atlanta’s Midtown neighborhood for 35 years, will close its doors some time in January 2017.   The Catholic Worker-led Open Door Community has provided […]

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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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Homeless Task Force Case Heads to Trial October 17, as Settlement Status Unclear

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With research by Gloria Tatum   (APN) ATLANTA — After six years of litigation, the lawsuit of the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, versus the multiple defendants who appear to have engaged in a tortious conspiracy to sabotage what is the largest homeless shelter in the Southeast U.S., is barreling towards trial, according to court documents obtained by […]

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Sources: Homeless Task Force May Close in November

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(APN) ATLANTA — The homeless men who rely on the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, the largest shelter in the U.S. Southeast, have been informed that the shelter may close in November 2016, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   However, no final decision has been made – leaving Atlanta’s homeless community uncertain about their future.   Atlanta Progressive […]

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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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New Orleans Planning Study Recommends Atlanta Housing Ordinance be Adopted

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(APN) ATLANTA — On August 16, 2016, the City Planning Commission staff of the City of New Orleans, Louisiana, recommended that New Orleans adopt, and expand upon, a Model Ordinance for Affordable Housing Impact Statements (AHIS) that was adopted by the City of Atlanta in November 2015.   The Planning Commission will consider the study and recommendations at its meeting […]

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