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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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APN Issues State House, Senate Scorecard for 2014-2016 (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — As the 2017-2018 General Assembly Legislative Session quickly approaches in Georgia, Atlanta Progressive News is re-issuing our Combined Scorecard for 2014, 2015, and 2016 for legislators in the State House and Senate representing areas wholly or partially in Fulton and/or DeKalb Counties.   The Scorecard rates the candidates on the progressiveness of their voting records, based on […]

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Rev. Benford Stellmacher, 1953-2016, !Presente!

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(APN) ATLANTA – Rev. Benford Dwight Stellmacher, 63, a strong advocate for, and generous servant of, low-income and homeless people; someone who carried on the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement; and a long-standing producer of the “Issues and Answers” show Atlanta’s People TV public access television, has passed away.   An extraordinary man and gentle giant, he was an […]

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Why Jill Stein is Not on the Ballot in Georgia

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — Green Party nominee for President of the U.S. Jill Stein may be polling nationally at four percent, but she is not on the ballot in Georgia even after a federal district court set a new threshold for petition signatures for statewide minor party nominees.   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2016/03/18/breaking-georgia-ballot-access-law-stricken-for-presidential-candidates/   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2016/04/25/georgia-green-constitution-parties-push-forward-on-petitions-for-ballot-access-despite-state-appeal/   […]

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Louisiana’s Statewide School Takeover Was Post-Katrina Disaster

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(APN) NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana — After Hurricane Katrina, the State of Louisiana advanced a statewide takeover of the Orleans Parish School District that has been a catastrophe of public policy, harming students, parents, voters, and communities.   Education advocates in New Orleans like Karran Harper Royal are distraught to learn that Georgia voters are facing a statewide referendum this November […]

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Black Lives Matter Shuts Down Atlanta Council, as Council Approves Eminent Domain Talks for Peachtree-Pine

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Monday, October 03, 2016, Black Lives Matter Atlanta and a broad, youth-led coalition of progressive activists led a lengthy series of disruptions of the Full Council Meeting of the City Council of Atlanta.   It was the rowdiest, most boisterous direct action to take place in Council Chambers since the 2005 panhandling ordinance.   To his […]

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Cheryl Courtney-Evans, 1952-2016, !Presente!

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(APN) ATLANTA — Cheryl Courtney-Evans, 61, a pioneering transgender activist in Atlanta, has passed away, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   She was the founder and Executive Director of Transgender Individuals Living Their Truth (TILTT), which hosts its meetings at the Phillip Rush Center.   http://www.tiltt.org/   Courtney-Evans advocated for transgender equality issues at the local, state, and national levels. […]

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Open Door Community, a Space for Homeless Advocacy, Closing in January 2017

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With additional background by Matthew Charles Cardinale.   (APN) ATLANTA — The Open Door Community at 910 Ponce de Leon Avenue, a home and community space that has served Atlanta’s homeless community and many others in Atlanta’s Midtown neighborhood for 35 years, will close its doors some time in January 2017.   The Catholic Worker-led Open Door Community has provided […]

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