Category Archives: Fulton County

Atlanta Mayoral Race 2017, APN Overview Part One: Norwood, Hall

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(APN) ATLANTA — It is now about four months away from the 2017 Mayoral race and there is a quite crowded race, with nine major candidates in the race.   The nine candidates are: Councilwoman Mary Norwood (Post 2-at-large), Councilman Kwanza Hall (District 2), Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms (District 11), Council President Ceasar Mitchell, Fulton County Chairman John Eaves, State […]

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Labor Celebrates $15 per Hour Minimum for Atlanta City Workers

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(APN) ATLANTA — On June 21, 2017, the City Council of Atlanta voted, as part of the approval of next fiscal year’s budget, to raise the minimum wage for workers employed by the City of Atlanta from to $10.10 to $15 an hour over the next two fiscal years.   The raise does not cover people working in the City […]

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Turner Field Communities Get $1 Million from City of Atlanta, Seek $4 Million from AFCRA

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(APN) ATLANTA — At the Monday, June 19, 2017 Full Council Meeting, the City Council of Atlanta approved a special allocation of one million dollars to the Trust Fund that was established earlier this year for the communities surrounding the former Turner Field: Summerhill, Mechanicsville, Peoplestown, Pittsburgh, and part of Grant Park.   The resolution also creates a Stadium Neighborhoods […]

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Atlanta Mayor, Council Stall on Decriminalization of Cannabis

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — Facing pressure from Mayor of Atlanta Kasim Reed, Central Atlanta Progress, and other organizations, the City Council of Atlanta has stalled on legislation that Councilman Kwanza Hall (District 2), a Mayoral candidate, introduced nearly three months ago, to lower the municipal penalties to a fine and eliminate the possibility […]

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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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Democratic Socialist, kamau, Elected to South Fulton City Council

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(APN) ATLANTA — On April 18, 2017, the voters of the City of South Fulton, the newly created city in south Fulton County, elected a self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist, khalid kamau, to the District 6 South Fulton City Council seat.   His name is lower-cased in the Yoruba African tradition to show that community is emphasized over the individual.   While […]

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Eleby Won’t Be Railroaded for I-85 Collapse, Attorneys Insist

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(APN) ATLANTA — Basil Eleby, 40, the homeless man who is accused of starting a fire that caused a portion of Interstate 85 to collapse in Atlanta, has some of the best legal minds defending him plus a growing coalition of 25 diverse community and civil rights organizations that have raised concerns about his case.   Almost immediately after the […]

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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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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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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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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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APN Issues State House, Senate Scorecard for 2014-2016 (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — As the 2017-2018 General Assembly Legislative Session quickly approaches in Georgia, Atlanta Progressive News is re-issuing our Combined Scorecard for 2014, 2015, and 2016 for legislators in the State House and Senate representing areas wholly or partially in Fulton and/or DeKalb Counties.   The Scorecard rates the candidates on the progressiveness of their voting records, based on […]

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Atlanta Pre-Arrest Diversion Initiative Marks Official Launch

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(APN) ATLANTA — Last month, in June 2016, the City of Atlanta and Fulton County officially launched the Pre-Arrest Diversion (PAD) Initiative to divert from the criminal justice system people whose infractions are driven mainly by addiction, mental illness, and poverty.   The launch makes Atlanta/Fulton County the fifth jurisdiction in the U.S. to embrace the PAD program.  The project […]

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Candidate’s Criminal History, Linda Pritchett HD63, as Buried by CBS Atlanta

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — In 2012, CBS Atlanta’s “exclusive investigation” found that Linda Pritchett, then a candidate for the Democratic nomination for State House District 63 had a troubling criminal history.   CBS apparently had invested significant resources to uncover the information for the news report, which was once published at the following […]

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