Category Archives: Mayor Kasim Reed

Atlanta City Council Passes Affordable Housing Impact Statements

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(APN) ATLANTA — The City Council of Atlanta passed an ordinance providing for Affordable Housing Impact Statements in a unanimous vote of fourteen to zero at its Full Council Meeting on today, Monday, November 16, 2015.   The ordinance passed as part of today’s Consent Agenda.  Councilwoman Cleta Winslow (District 4) was absent.   http://atlantacityga.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?MeetingID=1446&ID=5800   The ordinance was drafted […]

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Peoplestown Homeowners Get Meetings with Mayor Reed after Holding Sit-In

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(APN) ATLANTA — Residents fighting to save their homes in Peoplestown held a sit-in at City of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s office on November 04, 2015.  As a result of their action, they have a series of back-to-back meetings scheduled with Mayor Reed for December 01, 2015.   As Atlanta Progressive News previously has reported, Tanya Washington, and Robert and […]

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Mayor Reed Defends Lack of Public Input on Turner Field, Noting All Projects Lack Such Input

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(APN) ATLANTA — At a meeting of the City Council of Atlanta’s Finance/Executive Committee on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, Council Members heard from the Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority (AFCRA), which oversees Turner Field, as well as residents who are fighting to have a say in how their neighborhoods are impacted when the Braves leave.   AFCRA recently invited developers to […]

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Peoplestown Residents Camp at City Hall To Save Their Homes

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(APN) ATLANTA — Residents of Peoplestown who are fighting to save their homes camped out at City Hall with supporters on October 22, 2015.   They are neighbors of Mattie Jackson, 93, a community leader whose home was facing demolition to make way for a park and water retention pond conceived by the Atlanta Department of Watershed Management as a […]

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Victory as Mayor Reed Declares Mattie Jackson Can Stay in her Home

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.  Photograph (screenshot) courtesy of Joyce Dorsey.   (APN) ATLANTA — Community leader Mattie Jackson, 93, will not be forced out of her home. Mayor Kasim Reed made that promise to Jackson and her supporters in a meeting earlier today, on October 08, 2015.   In September 2015, Atlanta Progressive News broke the story […]

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Four Arrested So Far as Atlantans Protest Trans-Pacific Partnership Meeting

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Photographs by Steve Eberhardt.   (APN) ATLANTA  — Protests against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) continue in Atlanta, as negotiators from twelve countries work to finalize this latest, controversial proposal for an international free trade agreement.   Advocates from civil society organizations concerned with labor, the environment, health care, food, and other issues are worried about a new, free trade agreement […]

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City of Atlanta Adopts Climate Action Plan

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(APN) ATLANTA — The City Council of Atlanta adopted the City of Atlanta Climate Action Plan at the Monday, September 21, 2015, Full Council Meeting by a vote of 12 to 0 as part of the consent agenda.   Sponsor Kwanza Hall (District 2), and Councilmembers Ivory Lee Young (District 3) and Cleta Winslow (District 4) were absent from the […]

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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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Mayor Reed Withholds Raise To Punish Police And Firefighter Unions

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(APN) ATLANTA — City of Atlanta police and firefighters packed the public comment section of the Atlanta City Council’s Full Council Meeting on Monday, August 17, 2015.  They were there to demand a pay increase that was denied them when 3,000 city workers received a 3.5 percent raise in July 2015.   Mayor Kasim Reed justified excluding sworn personnel from […]

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Atlanta Mayor Uses TB Outbreak as False Pretext To Attack Homeless Shelter

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless is once again under attack by the City of Atlanta.   On Tuesday, August 11, 2015, Mayor Kasim Reed announced his intentions to take over the shelter, known colloquially at “Peachtree-Pine,” through eminent domain.  The Mayor said he would demolish the building and construct a new shelter to house […]

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Georgia, U.S. Leaders, Advocates Praise EPA Clean Power Plan

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(APN) ATLANTA — Yesterday, Monday, August 03, 2015, President Barack Obama and the  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the final Clean Power Plan, or rule that is intended to turn the tide on climate change.   It will cut U.S. carbon pollution from the power sector by 870 million tons, or 32 percent below 2005 levels, in 2030.   […]

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Activists Summon Judge to Consider Income-Based Traffic Fines

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Chief Judge of Atlanta’s Municipal Court had a surprise waiting for him when he arrived at work on July 09, 2015.  It was a nine foot-tall summons.   Members of Southerners On New Ground (SONG) were at the courthouse that morning with the oversized summons to greet Judge Christopher Ward and charge him with “failure to […]

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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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Residents Call on Mayor to Support Community Led Development of Turner Field

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(APN) ATLANTA — Over sixty residents from the neighborhoods surrounding Turner Field delivered a letter to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed on July 07, 2015, asking him to publicly commit to making sure the area’s redevelopment is community-driven, not developer-driven.   “We are more than developers’ current neighbors and future victims,” Sohna Harzeez, a resident of the Pittsburgh neighborhood and member […]

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Atlanta City Council Strikes Down Lamar Willis Appointment

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(APN) ATLANTA — In a surprising turn of events, the Atlanta City Council voted down Mayor Kasim Reed’s nomination of disgraced former Councilman Lamar Willis (Post 3-at-large) to the Fulton County/City of Atlanta Land Bank Authority.   Willis lost his City Council seat to Andre Dickens in 2013 after serving for twelve years, during which time he committed numerous ethics […]

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