Category Archives: City of Atlanta

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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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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