Category Archives: Fulton County

State Rep. Simone Bell Resigns; former Rep. Long to Run for Seat

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(APN) ATLANTA — Today, State Rep. Simone Bell (D-Atlanta) announced she will leave the House to go work for Lambda Legal, the nation’s oldest legal organization working on LGBTQI issues, as southern regional director.   Former Rep. Ralph Long (D-Atlanta) tells Atlanta Progressive News that he is already putting his hat in the race.  No one will comment, yet, about […]

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ANALYSIS: AFCRA Betrayed the Turner Field Communities

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Editorial by Anna Simonton, Staff Writer and News Analyst; and Matthew Charles Cardinale, News Editor.   (APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority (AFCRA) has officially invited developers to bid on Turner Field, despite the fact that the public input process regarding community benefits has just gotten started – a move that amounts to a stab in the […]

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Horace Tribble, 1938 – 2015, !Presente!

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(APN) ATLANTA — Horace Tribble, 77, a community activist with such organizations as the Concerned Black Clergy of Atlanta, the Open Door Community, and Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority, was discovered in his home to have passed away, on yesterday, Wednesday, September 30, 2015.   He was also an appointee by Fulton County to the Commission on Disability Affairs, a […]

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People’s Agenda Hosts Discussion on Fulton Voter Disenfranchisement

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(APN) ATLANTA — Fulton County will pay a fine of 180 dollars for breaking over two dozen state voting laws and illegally disenfranchising and misleading voters in the 2008 and 2012 elections.   The Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda convened on Tuesday, September 01, 2015, to address these past violations and the implications for future elections.   Some of […]

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Atlanta Wins Lawsuit Over Fulton Industrial Annexation Restrictions

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(APN) ATLANTA — On August 31, 2015, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Gail Tusan ruled in favor of the City of Atlanta in a case brought by the City of Atlanta against Fulton County regarding the City’s attempt to annex a parcel of land located in the Fulton Industrial District.   The City of Atlanta recently acquired a parcel within […]

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Homeless Task Force Wins Court of Appeals Ruling; Eaves Visits Shelter (UPDATE 1)

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With additional reporting by Anna Simonton.   (APN) ATLANTA — The Court of Appeals of Georgia ruled in favor of the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, and against Premium Funding Solutions (PFS), in a ruling dated August 10, 2015, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   The ruling “was a major victory for us and a major loss for […]

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Taylor Bennett Wins State House Run-off, Republicans Lose Supermajority

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(APN) ATLANTA — Republicans no longer have a supermajority in Georgia’s State House of Representatives.   On Tuesday, August 11, 2015, Democratic candidate Taylor Bennett–an attorney and former football player–won a runoff election for House District 80, defeating J. Max Davis, a Republican.   The district includes parts of Sandy Springs in Fulton County and Brookhaven in DeKalb County.   […]

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DeKalb Community, Edmund Park, Petitions for Atlanta Annexation, as South Fulton Petitions Still Being Processed

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With additional reporting by Barbara Payne   (APN) ATLANTA — Edmund Park, a community in a portion of the Morningside neighborhood located in unincorporated DeKalb County, has submitted a petition to the City of Atlanta, seeking to join the City, pursuant to the sixty percent annexation method under Georgia law.   The City of Atlanta Municipal Clerk’s Office is still […]

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MARTA Pushes Eight Billion Dollar Expansion, Half Penny Sales Tax

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is now pushing for a package of rail line expansions, including the north line, the east line, and a new Clifton Corridor line, that would cost an estimated eight billion dollars and that would be funded in part by a half penny sales tax in Fulton, DeKalb, and Clayton Counties. […]

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MARTA Pilots Farmers Market at West End Station

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(APN) ATLANTA — MARTA commuters will now have easy access to fresh, farm-grown produce; the public transit authority has opened a weekly “pop-up produce market” at the West End station.   The Fresh MARTA Market is open every Friday from 2pm until 6pm through October 2015.  The grand opening was held on Friday, July 17, 2015.   MARTA conducted a […]

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How Atlanta, Fulton, DeKalb Could Stop Criminalizing Mentally Ill People (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — After DeKalb police officer Robert Olsen killed Anthony Hill, a young Black man suffering a mental health crisis, Atlanta Progressive News traveled to San Antonio, Texas, to report on a program that has changed how police deal with mentally ill people in that city.   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2015/03/23/feature-in-san-antonio-anthony-hill-wouldve-been-helped-not-shot/   In this follow-up, we look at how the criminal justice, […]

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City of Atlanta Sets Aside Paltry Sum for Massive Beltline Debts Owed to Schools

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(APN) ATLANTA — While there is no end in sight to the Beltline-Atlanta Public Schools (APS) dispute, the Atlanta City Council has set aside four million dollars for a possible eventual settlement.   The Council could have made an outright good faith payment, but decided to put it in a contingency fund, pending a settlement agreement.   The problem is, […]

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Fulton County D.A. Reopens Ariston Waiters Police Killing Case

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(APN) UNION CITY, Georgia — The case involving the 2011 shooting death of unarmed nineteen year-old Ariston Waiters in Union City, Georgia, has been reopened by Fulton County District Attorney, Paul Howard.   New evidence has been uncovered; and witnesses who were not interviewed by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) or the Grand Jury are now speaking out, once […]

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A. Reginald Eaves, 1934-2015, !Presente! (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — Former Fulton County Commissioner A. Reginald Eaves, 81, has passed away.  He was an activist, an elected official, and a journalist for People TV.   Mr. Eaves served as Fulton County Commissioner from 1979 to 1987, and was the first Black person to serve as Public Safety Commissioner for the City of Atlanta, from 1974 to 1978. […]

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Activists, Officials Take Fact-finding Trip to Seattle for LEAD Program

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(APN) ATLANTA — From April 14 to 16, 2015, Atlanta activists and elected officials were in Seattle, Washington, learning more about the city’s successful Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program, also known as the Pre-Arrest Diversion.   The group consisted of Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall (District 2); Fulton County Commissioner Marvin Arrington, Jr., (District 5); Atlanta City Deputy Solicitor […]

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