Category Archives: National

Metro Atlantans Celebrate Same-Sex Marriage Ruling (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — Celebrations were held throughout Metro Atlanta and across the U.S. on June  26, 2015, when the Supreme Court of the U.S. ruled that states cannot ban same-sex marriages.  It is now legal in all fifty U.S. states for same-sex couples to marry.   The first line in the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling states that the Fourteenth Amendment […]

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Four Atlantans Invited to White House Forum on LEAD Program

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(APN) ATLANTA — Four Atlantans have received invitations to attend the National Convening on Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program at the White House on July 02, 2015.   The program is co-hosted by the Domestic Policy Council, the Ford Foundation and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.   Invited guests from Atlanta include Atlanta Councilman Kwanza Hall (District 2); […]

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Common Cause Files IRS Tax Fraud Claim against ALEC

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(APN) ATLANTA — The national organization Common Cause has filed a whistleblower Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax fraud claim against the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).   They are charging ALEC with falsely claiming to be a tax-exempt non-profit organization, to subsidize its lobbying and model legislation to benefit corporate interests.   The first complaint was filed against ALEC in […]

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One Thousand Atlantans Rally for $15 Minimum Wage

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By Julian Plowden, Special to The Atlanta Progressive News   (APN) ATLANTA — An estimated one thousand people, most of whom represented minimum and low wage workers, rallied outside of local Atlanta McDonald’s, Burger King, and Walmart businesses on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.   This protest was a joint action in a wave of other protests happening nationwide on the […]

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National Conference on Mass Incarceration Held in Atlanta

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(APN) ATLANTA — A national conference sponsored by the Stop Mass Incarceration Network was held February 07 and 08, 2015 at the Interdenominational Theological Center at Atlanta University.   A wide variety of people, approximately two hundred, from California to New York, attended.  They came to Atlanta to prepare for a nationwide day of resistance, on April 14, 2015, to […]

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FEATURE: The Many Eric Garners of Georgia

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(APN) ATLANTA — The police murders of Mike Brown of Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner of New York may be dominating national headlines–having inspired a diverse national movement against police brutality–but here in Georgia, there has been a long history of the same that has been equally as deserving of concern.   A TIMELINE OF POLICE BRUTALITY AND MURDERS   […]

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5 US Senators, 13 House Reps Call for Probe of Dept. Of Justice: Staff Attorneys Said to be Silenced in Voting Rights Cases

(APN) ATLANTA  – At least five US Senators and 13 US House Representatives have called for an investigation into the growing scandal involving political appointees at the US Department of Justice (USDOJ), according to letters obtained by Atlanta Progressive News (APN). The Senators include Christopher Dodd (D-CT), Edward Kennedy (D-MA), Patrick Leahy (D-WI), Barack Obama (D-IL), and Arlen Specter (R-PA). […]

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11 House Dems Demand Hearings on Justice: Department Memo Georgia Voter ID Law Was Initially Rejected by Staffers

(APN) ATLANTA – U.S. Rep. David Scott (D-GA) and the Democratic Caucus on the US House Committee on Government Reform have called for a Congressional Hearing into whether the U.S. Department of Justice improperly approved Georgia’s Voter ID Law, according to letters obtained by Atlanta Progressive News. The Caucus wants a Hearing because it wants to know about the process […]

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