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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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APN Q&A: Becky Evans, Candidate, HD 83

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the May 22, 2018 Primary Election, Atlanta Progressive News sent questionnaires to the candidates for the Democratic Primary for House District 83, where Becky Evans is challenging State Rep. Howard Mosby (D-Atlanta).   APN published Rep. Mosby’s responses earlier this week, on May 08, 2018:   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2018/05/08/apn-qa-state-rep-howard-mosby-hd-83/   Becky Evans served as […]

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APN Q&A: State Rep. Howard Mosby, HD 83

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the upcoming Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Primary Election, Atlanta Progressive News is focusing on a contested State House Democratic Primary, for District 83, a seat currently held by State Rep. Howard Mosby (D-Atlanta).   Mosby is facing challenger Becky Evans.  Evans has also provided her questionnaire responses to APN, to be published […]

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Councilwoman Sheperd to Seniors: Stay in Your Homes

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Councilwoman Joyce Sheperd (District 12) urged seniors to stay in their homes and not to sell their homes at a Homeowner Empowerment Workshop at the Arthur Langford Jr. Recreation Center in Southwest Atlanta.   Councilwoman Sheperd said she receives offers in the mail almost daily to purchase her home with cash.  Sheperd owns her home, […]

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APN Q&A: John Noel, Candidate, Public Service Commission

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(APN) ATLANTA — With Primary Elections for several statewide races coming up on May 22, 2018, Atlanta Progressive News sent questionnaires to all candidates for the Democratic Primary for for Georgia Public Service Commission District 3.   The PSC District 3 seat is currently held by Republican Chuck Eaton, who is seeking reelection.  Eaton has been a consistent supporter of […]

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Activists Counter White Supremacist NSM Rally in Newnan, Georgia

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(APN) NEWNAN, Georgia — On Saturday, April 21, a day after Adolf Hitler’s birthday, the National Socialist Movement (NSM), a White Supremacist organization, held a rally in Newnan, Georgia that was attended by some 25 self-professed Nazis.   Newnan is about one hour south of Atlanta.   Some activists believe that the Confederate monuments and streets named after Confederate generals […]

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APN Q&A: Johnny White, Candidate, Public Service Commission

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(APN) ATLANTA — With Primary Elections for several statewide races coming up on May 22, 2018, Atlanta Progressive News sent questionnaires to all candidates for the Democratic Primary for for Georgia Public Service Commission District 3.   The PSC District 3 seat is currently held by Republican Chuck Eaton, who is seeking reelection.  Eaton has been a consistent supporter of […]

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Georgia Legislature Sunsets Prepayment of Future Nuclear Plants

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.   (APN) ATLANTA — With bipartisan support, on March 21, 2018, the Georgia Legislature passed SB 355, which will sunset the Georgia Nuclear Energy Financing Act of 2009 for any future nuclear plants after January 2018.   This means that in the unconscionable situation that should Georgia decide to pursue any additional nuclear […]

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