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Turner Field Sale Documents Show Scarce Community Benefits

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(APN) ATLANTA — Residents, activists, and students spent two years advocating for a Community Benefits Agreement for the Turner Field redevelopment.  Not only was a CBA excluded from sale documents, but few shallow benefits were agreed to in the sale, Atlanta Progressive News has learned upon making an open records request.   http://bit.ly/2kBO7D4   Students, residents, and activists blasted the […]

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David Poythress, 1943-2017, !Presente!

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(APN) ATLANTA — Retired Lt. Gen. David Bryan Poythress, 73, of Atlanta, passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2017 after decades of public service to the people of Georgia.   Poythress held numerous positions in Georgia state government, twice sought the Democratic nomination for Governor, served in the United States Air Force, and practiced law in the Atlanta area.   […]

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Hundreds Protest Sabal Trail Pipeline in Florida, in Nod to Standing Rock

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(APN) LIVE OAK, Florida — Hundreds of clean water protectors converged on Suwanee State Park on January 14 and 15, 2017, to stop the Sabal Trail Pipeline from drilling under the Suwannee River near Live Oak, Florida.   Clean water protectors are concerned that spills and leaks from Spectra Energy’s planned Sabal Trail fracked gas pipeline will pollute the Southeastern […]

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APN Releases Atlanta Council Scorecard for 2016

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(APN) ATLANTA — As 2016 winds down and the City of Atlanta’s 2017 Municipal Election cycle picks up, Atlanta Progressive News is releasing its Atlanta City Councilmember Scorecard.   APN’s Scorecard is one of the most comprehensive, substantive, and transparent scorecards of the Atlanta City Council.  The Scorecard is available as a public Google Spreadsheet:   http://bit.ly/2ixKV6s   APN has […]

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Georgia PSC Certifies Billions More in Nuclear Costs in Highly Opaque Process

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Tuesday, December 20, 2016, the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) rubber-stamped a controversial stipulation agreement that fails to protect Georgia utility customers and rewards Georgia Power’s bad management.   The Commissioners’ unanimous vote, although disappointing, was not surprising, because the current five Republican Commissioners so often serve the wishes of Georgia Power.  Some ratepayers advocates have […]

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Council Approves Privatization of Key Downtown Atlanta’s Public Streets (UPDATE 1)

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — The City of Atlanta has approved a controversial proposal to sell the downtown Atlanta Underground property–including the mall and the surrounding pedestrian plaza–to a developer who plans to turn some of the public spaces into private streets.   Once private, the property owner may exclude individuals whose presence they […]

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Activists Blocked from Home of Mayor “Extreme Greed”

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Sunday, December 04, 2016, the Street Groomers, a Black-led organization that feeds hungry people, keeps the streets safe, and cleans up neglected Black neighborhoods, planned to take the community problems of hunger, homelessness, and gentrification to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s house.   However, when the group got to the Publix shopping center close to Mayor Reed’s […]

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Sen. Fort, Mayoral Candidate, Seeks to Decriminalize Cannabis in Atlanta

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(APN) ATLANTA — When State Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta) announced his run for Mayor of Atlanta on November 12, 2016, he became the first candidate for Atlanta elected office to run on a platform that includes decriminalization of cannabis, or marijuana, within City limits.   This would mean that cannabis would remain illegal at the state level in Georgia, and […]

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Mayor Reed Thankful for Eminent Domain; Peoplestown Residents Fight Back

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Monday, November 21, 2016, the Housing Justice League, along with twenty residents from Atlanta’s Peoplestown community, tried to hand deliver a petition with over 6,000 signatures to Mayor Kasim Reed, asking him to stop the eminent domain proceedings that would displace several long-time residents of Peoplestown.   Instead of accepting the petition, though, Mayor Reed chose […]

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APN Celebrates 11 Years of Publication; Editor Returning to Atlanta

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(APN) ATLANTA — Upon the eleven year anniversary of Atlanta Progressive News, Matthew Charles Cardinale released the following statement: ####   Eleven years ago, on November 23, 2005, I launched the Atlanta Progressive News – a progressive news organization in Atlanta, from a FEMA-funded hotel room on Executive Park Drive, in what is now Brookhaven, Georgia.   I had just […]

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APN Special Report from Cuba on Health Care for All

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(APN) HAVANA, Cuba — This Atlanta Progressive News reporter recently visited Cuba from October 08 to 15, 2016, along with a team of academics, activists, and reporters organized by The Nation magazine to learn more about Cuba’s public healthcare system, their culture, and so much more.   What APN found is riveting: Cuba has achieved universal health care and better […]

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Encampment at Atlanta City Hall Addresses Gentrification

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Monday, November 07, 2016, ATLisReady, a coalition of dozens of organizations, distributed a position paper to the City Council of Atlanta and Mayor Kasim Reed on the problems of, and solutions to, Atlanta’s Equity Crisis.  Then, they set up a Tent City outside of City Hall, and they stayed through Tuesday morning.   The City too […]

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MARTA Project List Not Certain in Sales Tax Referendum

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(APN) ATLANTA — On the November 08, 2016 General Election ballot, voters in the City of Atlanta are being asked whether to support or to oppose a half-penny sales tax to support MARTA.   However, Atlanta Progressive News has learned that, rather than a specific list of projects, the referendum poses a large menu of possibilities for transportation improvements.   […]

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EDITORIAL: 30 Percent AMI on the Beltline; Now or Never

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Council members need to stop declaring their desire for “mixed-income communities,” unless they are willing to at some point enact public policies that actually support each part of the mix.   The time is now to enact a public policy to produce units to benefit Atlanta’s working households making 15,000 dollars and less per year, […]

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Fialkow, Hodges Claim Anti-Semitism in Homeless Task Force Lawsuit

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With research by Gloria Tatum   (APN) ATLANTA — Developer Emmanuel “Manny” Fialkow, who, documents show, conspired to sabotage the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless so he could obtain its building–and his attorney Ken Hodges, former Democratic nominee for Attorney General–have accused the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless and its attorneys of anti-semitism, in a latest […]

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