Category Archives: City of Atlanta

Georgians Rally for Marijuana Policy Reform

  (APN) ATLANTA — About thirty activists from around the State of Georgia gathered in Atlanta’s Little Five Points neighborhood on Saturday, May 07, 2011, to rally for marijuana policy reform The rally began at Freedom Park and ended up in Findley Plaza. Atlanta was one of many cities which participated in the Worldwide Cannabis March. Activists held signs including, […]

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APAB Votes to Request Atlanta Committee Briefing Records

(APN) ATLANTA — At the Saturday, May 21, 2011, meeting of the Atlanta Planning and Advisory Board (APAB), the citizens’ advisory group to the City of Atlanta, APAB voted to request information related to one of the City Council of Atlanta’s seven regularly scheduled closed-door Committee Briefings, Atlanta Progressive News has learned. APAB President Cathy Richards and senior advocate Ben […]

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Deal, Reed, Muhammad Nudge Atlanta BOE Chairman El towards Resignation

(APN) ATLANTA — On various occasions over the last few weeks, key political players at the local and state levels have been nudging Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education Chairman Khaatim El towards resignation; and a Board vote on a new Chairperson might be drawing close, Atlanta Progressive News has learned. According to one Board Member who attended a closed-door […]

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APN Editor Sues City of Atlanta for Closed-Door Briefings

  (APN) ATLANTA — The News Editor for the Atlanta Progressive News–the present writer–has filed a lawsuit against the City of Atlanta, to bring openness, public access, and transparency to the City Council of Atlanta’s seven closed-door, private Committee Briefings which occur every two weeks. The case number is 2011CV200639 and is before Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter. […]

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Activist Group Targets Bad Employers, Slum Landlords

(APN) ATLANTA — A new, underground activist group called the Atlanta Solidarity Network (ASOL) is using collective force to fight back against bad employers and slum landlords. “The Atlanta Solidarity Network is a group of volunteers seeking to help other members of the working class through collective direct action and mutual support,” according to the organization’s website on Blogspot.com. “HAVING […]

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Atlanta Council Opposes APS Board Replacement Law

(APN) ATLANTA — The City Council of Atlanta voted Monday, May 02, 2011, to express their opposition to SB 79, which Republican Governor Nathan Deal has signed, and which gives Deal the power to recommend removal of the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education members. The resolution states that the Council is not supportive of the law and asks the […]

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BREAKING: Midtown APD Chief Ousted for Opposing Patrol Cuts

(APN) ATLANTA — Major Khirus E. Williams was apparently ousted from the Atlanta Police Department after a recent email he sent to Midtown Atlanta residents warning of proposed cuts to community patrolling, Atlanta Progressive News has learned. Williams was the commander for Zone 5, which includes much of Midtown. “Good evening, as a result of this e-mail, which was intended […]

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Three APS Ethics Panel Members Resign, Halting Four Cases

(APN) ATLANTA — Three members of the Ethics Commission for the Atlanta Public School Board of Education have resigned, Atlanta Progressive News has learned, causing pending investigations and hearings to come to a screeching halt. Two of the Members, Julia Neighbors and Karen Woodward, were among the three who recently voted that Courtney English had deceived the public [technically, they […]

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Attorney General Reprimands Savannah for Non-Quorum Meetings

(APN) ATLANTA — Attorney General Sam Olens’s office criticized the City Council of Savannah this month for having a series of meetings without quorums, and not allowing the public to attend. The practices of the Savannah Council are quite similar to practices that the City Council of Atlanta has been engaging in, as documented by Atlanta Progressive News over the […]

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Seven Students Arrested at Emory during Tent City Stand-off

(APN) DEKALB COUNTY — Seven students were arrested during a stand-off with the Emory University administration tonight, Monday, April 25, 2011, Atlanta Progressive News has learned. Last week, APN reported that 150 students protested at Emory regarding its contract with Sodexo to operate its cafeterias.  During that protest, two dozen students occupied the Administration Building, but they left the building […]

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EDITORIAL: Article Did Not Cause Lower Eagle Pay-Outs

(APN) ATLANTA — In previous editorials I have written about the interrelationship between media and society.  While the theory of objective media purports that reporters are to sit on the sidelines observing society, in fact news outlets are a part of the society they cover.  One sign of a healthy media is when news articles impact a situation by raising […]

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Metro Atlanta Transportation Wish List Sent to State

(APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) has submitted to the planning director of the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) a “wish list” of transportation projects for the Metro Atlanta region. This is a critical step in a process that could lead to a regional penny sales tax to fund transportation. As previously reported by Atlanta Progressive News, in […]

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Downtown Horse Carriages Protested as Inhumane, Abusive

(APN) ATLANTA — About 15 activists protested near Peachtree Center on Saturday, April 09, 2011, from 5 to 7pm, regarding the use of horse-drawn carriages as a tourist attraction. Atlanta Progressive News obtained photographs and observed as several individuals drove horse-drawn carriages throughout downtown. Signs on the horses say the price is 25 dollars per person for a fifteen minute […]

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City Hires former Reporter, Ramage, as Citizen Advocate

(APN) ATLANTA — In an interesting twist of events, the City of Atlanta has hired Stephanie Ramage, former reporter, editor, and columnist for the Sunday Paper magazine, as its first Citizen Advocate. As previously reported by Atlanta Progressive News, Sunday Paper ceased covering news, let Ramage go, and went online-only.  Meanwhile, Ramage had started her own blog at stephanieramage.com. When […]

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Seven Undocumented Students Arrested for Wanting an Education

  (APN) ATLANTA — Seven undocumented students from around the nation were arrested today while staging a sit-down protest on Courtland Street at Georgia State University for over an hour.  Risking prison and deportation these brave students practiced the age old tradition of civil disobedience to protest the shameful laws which ban them from attending college. Georgina Perez, Viridiana Martinez, […]

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