Category Archives: Gwinnett County

Lawsuit Challenges Gwinnett County’s District Map for Blocking Minority Representation

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By Pilar Verdes, Special to the Atlanta Progressive News.   (APN) ATLANTA — On August 08, 2016, the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP, the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO), and seven Gwinnett county citizens have filed a federal lawsuit, challenging the district scheme used by the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners and the Gwinnett Board of Education for […]

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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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Trevari, Lopez Qualify to Succeed State Rep. Floyd in Gwinnett House Seat

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(APN) ATLANTA — Two candidates have qualified to seek the Democratic nomination for Georgia State House District 99, a district in Gwinnett County, currently held by State Rep. Hugh Floyd (D-Norcross), who has declined to run for reelection after fourteen years of public service.   Jay Trevari and Brenda Lopez are seeking the seat.   Trevari has lived in Gwinnett […]

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State Rep. Marin Calls for MARTA in Gwinnett County

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(APN) ATLANTA — State Rep. Pedro “Pete” Marin (D-Duluth) held a press conference to introduced his resolution, HR 1033, asking the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners to work to ease the traffic congestion and listen to citizens’ demands to increase mass transit options.   Marin said he wants to continue the conversation to make sure Gwinnett County is not left […]

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Organizing Begins to Bring MARTA to Gwinnett County

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Photograph by Gloria Tatum   (APN) ATLANTA — Following a recent poll that 63 percent of respondents are saying yes to MARTA service being extended into Gwinnett County, environmental activists and Democrats are among those beginning to organize for a possible future referendum.   On Tuesday, July 28, 2015, Art Sheldon with the Sierra Club’s Greater Gwinnett chapter attended the […]

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Poll Shows Support for MARTA in Gwinnett

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(APN) ATLANTA — A majority of likely Gwinnett County voters support expanding Metropolitan Atlanta Regional Transit Authority (MARTA) service to the county, according to a poll commissioned by the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce.   “This reaffirms what we thought about how the Gwinnett community has changed over time. The community in general supports transportation alternatives,” Dr. Daniel Kaufman, President […]

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Proposed New Cities of LaVista Hills and Tucker Both Want Northlake Area

By Gloria Tatum and Barbara Payne (APN) ATLANTA — It seems the prize of 23,000 North DeKalb County residents and the lucrative Northlake commercial district is still up for grabs.  The cityhood effort that comprised the former proposed cities of Briarcliff and Lakeside, now merged as LaVista Hills, could not resolve the proposed boundary lines with the proposed city of […]

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APS Board to Vote Monday on Charter System Recommendation (UPDATE 1)

By A. Scott Walton, Special to the Atlanta Progressive News (November 02, 2014) (APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education (APS BOE) is set to on Monday, November 03, 2014, on whether to transition to a “charter system.” APS’s School System Operating Models and Flexibility Options Advisory Committee considered several options available to APS, and issued a […]

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Couples Sue Georgia over Same-Sex Marriage Ban

(APN) ATLANTA — On April 22, 2014, Lambda Legal Defense, a national legal organization, filed a federal class action lawsuit in Atlanta on behalf of seven Georgia residents and others who are injured by Georgia’s same-sex marriage bans.     Georgia’s legislature banned same-sex marriage in 1996.  Then, just to make sure it would be even more difficult to overturn […]

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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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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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