Category Archives: National

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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Green Party Submits Signatures to Appear on Georgia U.S. Presidential Ballot

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Tuesday, July 12, 2016, the Green Party of Georgia submitted petition signatures to get their Presidential candidate, Jill Stein, on the ballot in Georgia for the November 08, 2016 General Election.   “Tuesday morning, the Georgia Green Party filed with the Elections Division for the Georgia Secretary of State’s office a nomination petition consisting of 1,672 […]

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Some Feel “Bern” to Run for U.S. Congress, Local Offices

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(APN) ATLANTA — While U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for President of the U.S., some supporters of the Sanders Campaign have started a new political action committee, the Brand New Congress (BNC), to put power in the hands of the people.   BNC is made up of progressive […]

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Five Nights of Youth Protests, Copious Arrests in Atlanta after Latest Police Killings

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  Photograph by Laura Emiko Solitis   (APN) ATLANTA — Five nights of protests in Atlanta has temporarily ended with a promise for a formal meeting Monday, July 19, 2016 between Black Lives Matter (BLM) leaders, other organizers, Mayor of Atlanta Kasim Reed, and Atlanta Police Chief George Turner to discuss their complaints.   The Monday night July 11 protest […]

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Metro Atlantans Rally over Black Man Found Hanging in Tree in Midtown Park

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Photograph courtesy of Laura Emiko Soltis.   (APN) ATLANTA — Two gigantic rallies have been held in the last two days since the tragic discovery of a deceased Black man hanging in a tree in Piedmont Park on the morning of Thursday, July 07, 2016.   The first rally on Thursday evening, was held in immediate response to the news […]

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Trump Talks to Supporters inside the Fox; APN Covers Opposition Outside

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Wednesday, June 15, 2016, inside the Fox Theater in Atlanta’s Midtown neighborhood, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump talked to his loyal followers.   Meanwhile, outside on the sidewalk, hundreds of anti-Trump folks gathered to protest his policy platform, which would discriminate against so many minorities in the U.S.   The lines going into the […]

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EDITORIAL: Second Amendment, Ban on AR 15’s Can Coexist

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By the Atlanta Progressive News Board of Directors.   (APN) ATLANTA — From Columbine, Colorado – to Orlando, Florida, the frequency of massacres in the United States is increasing and the death toll is rising.   People are beginning to wake up and question the ridiculous and extreme gun policies that allow the purchase of assault weapons that are made […]

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APN Editor Co-Launches SMART ALEC, a Progressive Policy Think Tank

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(APN) ATLANTA — A new non-profit organization, SMART ALEC, seeks to promote progressive public policies at the state and local levels.   As a progressive response to ALEC–a controversial right-wing policy firm funded by the Koch brothers and large corporations–SMART ALEC offers a transparent, grassroots approach to public policy.   Atlanta Progressive News Editor and CEO Matthew Charles Cardinale is […]

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Atlantans Participated in DC “Democracy Spring” Rallies, at least Two Arrested

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Photograph courtesy of Jen Rafanan.   (APN) ATLANTA — Over 1,400 people were arrested over several days of massive nonviolent sit-ins on the Capitol steps in Washington, D.C., between April 11 and 18, 2016.  It was the most people ever arrested at the U.S. Capitol.   Democracy Spring was organized by a coalition of over 120 organizations.  It is determined […]

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U.S. Southern Delegates Both Laud And Denounce Historic Climate Agreement

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Photograph via Creative Commons.   (APN) ATLANTA — World leaders have reached an historic agreement to address climate change, with input––and pressure––from local delegations the world over, including from Atlanta, Georgia, and throughout the U.S. South.   The agreement, signed by 196 countries including the United States, sets a goal of keeping global temperatures from rising more than two degrees […]

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Advocates Disappointed as Gov. Deal Objects to Syrian Refugees; Food Stamp Denials Draw Federal Attention

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(APN) ATLANTA — Thirty-one U.S. governors are refusing to cooperate in resettlement programs for Syrian refugees, most citing the coordinated attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015, as a pretext for security concerns around this refugee population.   Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal issued an executive order on November 16, 2015 instructing “all agencies of the State of Georgia halt any […]

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Over 500 Atlantans March For Climate Justice In Lead Up To Paris Negotiations

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Photograph by Steve Eberhardt.   (APN) ATLANTA — Before world leaders began critical climate negotiations in Paris, France, on November 30, 2015, Atlantans joined more than half a million people worldwide who rallied to demand a stop to global warming.   On Sunday, November 29, 2015, 550 people marched from a park in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward neighborhood to the […]

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