Category Archives: Cobb County

BREAKING: New Lawsuit Filed Over Georgia E-Voting

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(APN) ATLANTA — Two Georgia voters and a national advocacy organization filed a new lawsuit challenging Georgia’s electronic voting regime on Friday, May 26, 2017.   The Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief and Writ of Mandamus was filed in Fulton County Superior Court.   The plaintiffs have also filed for an emergency injunction, for which an emergency hearing has […]

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6,000 Lose Food Stamps in Cobb, Gwinnett, Hall Counties

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(APN) ATLANTA — In Georgia, approximately six thousand Able-Bodied Adult Without Dependents (ABAWDs) in Cobb, Gwinnett, and Hall counties will lose SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) food assistance this year.   “We have done extensive outreach to those affected, starting in October 2015, and have many resources to offer to those who choose to participate,”  Mary Beth Lukich, Office of […]

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Protesters Shut Down Smyrna City Council Meeting, Demand Justice For Nick Thomas

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(APN) SMYRNA, Cobb County, Georgia — Smyrna City Council members fled their chamber when the family of Nick Thomas––an unarmed Black man killed by a Smyrna police officer––and at least one hundred supporters interrupted their meeting on Monday, February 15, 2016.   Sgt. Kenneth Owens killed Thomas in March, 2015 while the young man was working at a Goodyear in […]

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Fulton Chairman Eaves Pushes Garner off Recreation Authority

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(APN) ATLANTA — Fulton County Commissioner Joan Garner (District 3) has resigned from the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority (AFCRA), after being asked to do so by County Commission Chair John Eaves (District 7). “I appreciate the service Commissioner Garner provided to the county on the AFCRA board.  However, as all the parties involved head into a deeper discussion about […]

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Oral Arguments Held over Cobb County Braves Stadium at Georgia Supreme Court

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(APN) ATLANTA — On February 03, 2015, the Supreme Court of Georgia heard oral arguments in the case cases against the bond financing of the construction of the new Braves Stadium in Cobb County.   As previously reported by Atlanta Progressive News, the Braves are planning to relocate from Turner Field in Atlanta, to a new stadium in Cobb County. […]

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“F*ck the Police” Arrest Leads to $100,000 Settlement in Cobb County

(APN) ATLANTA — In the spring of 2012, Amy Barnes, a Cobb County resident and activist with Occupy Atlanta, was riding her bicycle when she saw two police officers questioning a Black man outside a convenience store.  As she rode by on her bicycle, she gave them the middle finger salute and shouted “Fuck the police,” and “Police suck.”   […]

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How the Clayton County MARTA Vote Was Won (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA — Over thirty organizations came together to make sure Clayton County residents did not miss a historic opportunity for mass transit that would allow workers there the mobility necessary to get jobs, and would bring economic development to Clayton County. As previously reported by Atlanta Progressive News, Clayton County has been without transit since 2010, when the C-TRAN […]

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ANALYSIS: How Atlanta Displaces Black Families for Short-Term Projects

  Aerial photographs courtesy of Georgia State University Library Blog. (APN) ATLANTA — In the 1960s, the City of Atlanta, through legal and political maneuvers, displaced thousands of Black families in the former neighborhood Buttermilk Bottoms to create the Civic Center, which, only fifty years later, is now itself the subject of possible demolition.   Also in the 1960s, the […]

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Urban Institute Sees Deplorable Affordable Housing Crisis in Atlanta

  (APN) ATLANTA — The Urban Institute has released an interactive map showing where the nation’s affordable housing crisis is most acute.  Not surprisingly, Fulton and DeKalb Counties are among the worst, in terms of the availability of housing that actual people can afford.   The Urban Institute states:   “Many Americans struggle to afford a decent, safe place to […]

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Lawsuit Filed to Challenge Georgia’s Anti-Immigrant Law

(APN) ATLANTA — On Thursday, June 02, 2011, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Georgia, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Asian Law Caucus, and a coalition of other organizations including civil rights groups filed a class action lawsuit challenging Georgia’s discriminatory anti-immigrant law passed last month and inspired by Arizona’s notorious SB 1070. […]

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Pat Chapman, 1926-2011, !Presente!

(APN) ATLANTA — Pat Chapman, 85, a lifelong advocate for the less fortunate who continued her activism on the computer after becoming home-bound, passed away from complications from a stroke, on Monday, May 16, 2011. Over the last fifteen years, Chapman had been a champion for the Democratic Party, even from her home in East Cobb County, a Conservative bastion […]

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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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