Category Archives: National

U.S. Sen. Isakson Fails to Connect at Town Hall Meeting

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(APN) MARIETTA — On Monday, August 14, 2017, U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA)  hosted a Town Hall Meeting to answer constituents’ questions.     Progressive activists nationwide and in Georgia have struggled to get meetings with Republican elected officials, in a political environment characterized by division and turmoil.   Constituents thanked U.S. Sen. Isakson numerous times for holding the meeting […]

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Family in DeKalb Sues Sessions over Cannabis Classification

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With added legal analysis by Matthew Charles Cardinale.   (APN) ATLANTA — A family in DeKalb County has joined a coalition of plaintiffs from around the country to challenge the federal government’s classification of cannabis, or “marijuana,” as a Schedule I drug, which means a dangerous substance with no medical benefits.   Sebastien Cotte is representing his son Jagger, 6, […]

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Georgians Mobilize against U.S. Senate “TrumpCare” Bill

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(APN) ATLANTA — As the U.S. Senate Republican majority released their much anticipated version of “Trumpcare” or the Affordable Healthcare Act (AHCA)–which is supposed to replace “Obamacare” or the Affordable Care Act (ACA)–Georgians mobilized in opposition.   Progressives are increasingly pointing to the predictable failure of the private insurance/individual mandate model of Obamacare to provide truly universal care or to […]

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Clarkston Rethinks its Relationship with ICE, Passes Non-detainer Policy

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(APN) CLARKSTON — The City Council of Clarkston, Georgia, has passed a non-detainer policy on May 02, 2017 that prohibits the federal agency Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from arresting people in Clarkston with a “detainer request” or an “administrative immigration warrant.”   ICE must obtain a legal judicial warrant and show probable cause that authorizes an individual’s arrest and […]

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Health Care Protests Held in Atlanta after TrumpCare Passes U.S. House

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(APN) ATLANTA — People have organized and held numerous protests throughout Metro Atlanta since the U.S. House passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA or “TrumpCare”), an Orwellian-named bill that would gut numerous protections of the Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”).   On April 27, 2017, the U.S. House narrowly passed the AHCA, after President Donald Trump campaigned on a promise […]

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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 Rally for Trump Impeachment in Atlanta

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Monday, February 20, 2017, which is also President’s Day federal holiday, thousands protested Trump’s policies with “Not My President ” rallies in cities across the country, including Atlanta.   In Atlanta, hundreds walked six miles from the MARTA Arts Station to the Lenox Station chanting, “Not My President,” “Impeach Trump,” “No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist […]

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Atlantans Protest in Response to ICE Raids on Immigrants

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Thursday, February 16, 2017, hundreds rallied at the ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) headquarters in downtown Atlanta to send a message to President Donald Trump and his administration that immigrants have a right to remain, will not be silent, and are going to resist every step of the way.   The day was declared “A Day […]

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Trump’s Federal Budget Would Devastate Georgia, Working Families

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(APN) ATLANTA — The federal budget proposals being considered by U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration, with some ten trillion dollars in cuts over ten years, would be devastating to Georgia.   Trump has been discussing the federal budget with his policy team, and has been relying upon two draconian, slash-and-burn budget proposals: one put forth by the Republican […]

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Atlantans Protest at Airport over Trump Orders Banning Muslims

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Photograph courtesy of Judy Conder.   (APN) COLLEGE PARK, Georgia — On Sunday, January 29, 2017, Atlantans joined massive nationwide protests that exploded in over thirty U.S. cities in response to President Donald Trump’s latest Executive Orders banning all Muslims citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen from entering the United States for ninety days.   Syrian […]

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63,000 March in Atlanta, Unified against Trump

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Saturday, January 21, 2017, some 63,000 people marched from the Center for Civil and Human Rights to Liberty Plaza at the Georgia State Capitol to show opposition to President Donald Trump’s contradictory messages, boldfaced lies, demonization of minorities, and cabinet appointments that are extreme, even for Republican standards   Torrents of rain, flooding, and tornado warnings […]

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“Not My President,” Atlantans Express in Trump Protest

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(APN) ATLANTA — Thousands of Atlantans, led by Millennials, took over the streets on Friday night, November 11, 2016, chanting such expressions as, “Not My President!,” “F*ck Trump,”  and “Love Trumps Hate.”   It was the third night of national protests to Trump’s election and racist policies since Tuesday’s election.   A World Without Police (AWWP) organized the night’s resistance […]

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Atlantans Rally in Support of Largest Prison Strike in U.S. History

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With editing by Tom Coffin, Special to the Atlanta Progressive News   (APN) ATLANTA — The largest coordinated work stoppage and hunger strikes in U.S. history began on Friday, September 09, 2016–the 45th anniversary of the infamous and brutally suppressed prison uprising at Attica State Prison in New York–and is currently still in progress.   The prison strike encompasses at […]

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Natives, Environmentalists Stand with Sioux, Opposing Dakota Pipeline

Photograph courtesy of UnicornRiot.Ninja.   (APN) ATLANTA — Native Americans, environmental activists, and landowners have formed a coalition to stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in opposing to the Dakota Access Pipeline (“Bakken pipeline”), the latest iteration of what would have been the Keystone XL Pipeline.   After seven years of protests, sit-ins, lobbying, letter writing, and a review […]

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Georgians Outraged by DEA Decision Not to Reschedule Cannabis

(APN) ATLANTA — On August 11, 2016, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) rejected two petitions to reschedule cannabis (“marijuana”) under the Controlled Substances Act from Schedule 1–the classification for dangerous drugs with no medical value–to a lower classification.   https://www.dea.gov/divisions/hq/2016/hq081116.shtml   One petition was from Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington, Gov. Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island, and medical cannabis […]

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