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Atlanta’s Authority to Restrict Zoning Comments in Question

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta City Council has for at least the last several years–if not the last several decades–forbidden Atlanta citizens from making public comment on zoning matters at its Full Council Meetings and at its Committee Meetings.   Frequently, Atlanta citizens seek to exercise their First Amendment rights to free speech and the petitioning of government for a […]

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No Progress on CBA; Developer, Brock, “Won’t Be Called a Racist”

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(APN) ATLANTA — There has been no progress to date on amending the Community Benefits Agreement for the catalytic Westside Yards Development proposed for Atlanta’s English Avenue neighborhood, following a thirty day deferral by the City of Atlanta agreed to by developer Echo A, which includes Brock Built Homes.   Developer Adam Brock insisted, “I won’t be called a racist!” […]

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Russians Targeted Georgia County Servers, Mueller Indictment Reveals, but KSU Destroyed the Evidence (UPDATE 2)

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(APN) ATLANTA — Two county servers in Georgia were targeted by two Russian military officers, Anatoliy Sergeyevich Kovalev and Aleksandr Vladimirovich Osadchuk, it was recently revealed in a July 13, 2018 indictment of twelve Russian hackers by U.S. Department of Justice Special Counsel Robert Mueller.   Here is a link to the Mueller indictment. https://d3i6fh83elv35t.cloudfront.net/static/2018/07/Muellerindictment.pdf   Russians accessed the websites of […]

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Councilman Bond Seeks Videotaping of Atlanta Council Briefings

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Councilman Michael Julian Bond (Post 1-at-large) has introduced an ordinance that would require the Committee Briefings of the Atlanta City Council to be videotaped.   The videos would be required to be posted online on the City Council’s website as well as available through the Municipal Clerk.     While the Atlanta City Council’s seven […]

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Rainbow Family Gathering in Georgia Disrupted by Federal Officers (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) DAHLONEGA, Georgia — The 47th annual Rainbow Family Gathering was held in the Chattahoochee National Forest near Dahlonega, Georgia over the Fourth of July week, 2018.     Some 4,500 people, including students, veterans, teachers, homeless youth, professional people, some poor, some wealthy from across the country attended the gathering, which is held in national parks across the U.S. […]

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Atlantans Protest Trump’s Immigrant Family Separations

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Saturday, June 30, 2018, thousands of Atlantans joined millions across the U.S., in over seven hundred protest rallies nationwide, in marching to oppose Trump’s zero-tolerance policy that separates immigrant children from their non-criminal, non-violent parents who are seeking asylum.   A smaller group of protesters maintained an overnight presence at the Atlanta Detention Center through Monday, […]

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Gwinnett County Residents Ask for MARTA Referendum per New State Law

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With additional reporting by Gloria Tatum.   (APN) ATLANTA — At the Tuesday, June 26, 2018 Board of Commissioners Meeting of Gwinnett County, several residents made public comments urging the Board to adopt a resolution creating a countywide referendum on the November 2018 ballot for the County to join the Metropolitan Atlanta Regional Transit Authority (MARTA).   MARTA currently includes […]

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Atlanta Council Cmte Approves Gentrification Plan for English Avenue

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Councilmembers Natalyn Archibong (District 5), Dustin Hillis (District 9), Marci Overstreet (District 11), Joyce Sheperd (District 12), and Matt Westmoreland (Post 2-at-large) voted in favor of legislation that will result in the unmitigated gentrification of Atlanta’s English Avenue neighborhood.   With no debate and only one question, the Committee voted in favor of the land […]

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Mariah Parker, Progressive Slate Elected in Athens, Georgia

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(APN) ATLANTA — Mariah Parker, a 26 year-old University of Georgia doctoral student and rapper, was sworn in as an Athens-Clarke County Commissioner from District 2 on June 05, 2018.   Parker’s race was a Special Election to replace former Commissioner Harry Sims, who resigned his seat to run for Mayor.        Parker ran on a platform of economic […]

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Neighborhood Association Claims Identity Theft in English Avenue

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(APN) ATLANTA — The English Avenue Neighborhood Association, formed in 1995 to represent the low-income residential neighborhood of English Avenue west of downtown Atlanta, finds itself in the middle of a major dispute around the future of development, and the threat of gentrification.   Yet, in a series of events dramatic enough for a telenovela–two groups of English Avenue residents […]

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Atlanta Makes Sustainability Strides under Stuckey’s Leadership (UPDATE 2)

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Photograph courtesy of Erik Voss, copyright 2018 Erik Voss.   (APN) ATLANTA — Over the last few years of the leadership of Stephanie Stuckey (formerly Stephanie Stuckey Benfield), the City of Atlanta has made numerous strides towards sustainability.   The former State Representative joined the then-Mayor Kasim Reed Administration in 2015 as Director of the Office of Sustainability.   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2015/09/23/city-of-atlanta-preparing-to-embrace-solar-panels/ […]

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Olsen Claims He Feared for his Life from an Unarmed, Naked Man

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(APN) DECATUR — In a packed courtroom, former DeKalb County police officer Robert Olsen, claimed self-defense in the 2015 shooting death of Anthony Hill, an unarmed and naked, mentally ill man who Olsen shot and killed.   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2015/03/23/feature-in-san-antonio-anthony-hill-wouldve-been-helped-not-shot/   The two-day immunity hearing for Olsen concluded on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 in DeKalb County Superior Court with Judge J.P. Boulee […]

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Health, Environmental Harms Ignored at Plant Vogtle VCM 18 Hearings (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — At the Eighteenth Semi-Annual Vogtle Construction Monitoring (VCM) proceedings, Georgia Power’s hand is out again to request approval from the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) for 448 million dollars invested in the construction of two new nuclear power reactors, Unit 3 and Unit 4, between July 1, 2017, through December 31, 2017.   Advocates and commissioners alike […]

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APN Endorses Abrams; Chapman; Dawkins-Haigler, Noel

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(APN) ATLANTA  — The Atlanta Progressive News Board of Directors has issued the following endorsements:   DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION FOR GOVERNOR: FORMER MINORITY LEADER STACEY ABRAMS   We endorse former State Rep. Stacey Abrams (D-Atlanta) because we believe she is the better choice over former State Rep. Stacey Evans (D-Smyrna) – not because we perceive Abrams to be the ultra-progressive candidate […]

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