Category Archives: Southerner’s on New Ground

Activists Summon Judge to Consider Income-Based Traffic Fines


(APN) ATLANTA — The Chief Judge of Atlanta’s Municipal Court had a surprise waiting for him when he arrived at work on July 09, 2015.  It was a nine foot-tall summons.   Members of Southerners On New Ground (SONG) were at the courthouse that morning with the oversized summons to greet Judge Christopher Ward and charge him with “failure to […]

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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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Black Lives Matter “Reclaims MLK” with Powerful Parade Takeover

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Monday, January 20, 2015, Atlanta’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Day parade was imbued with a spirit of resistance this year, as local members of the Black Lives Matter network took action to “Reclaim MLK.”   As protests have continued nationwide, in response to heightened awareness surrounding police murder of young people of color, community leaders […]

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Atlanta’s Ferguson Protesters Appear in Court, Several Cases Dismissed

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(APN) ATLANTA — City of Atlanta Municipal Court Chief Judge Herman L. Sloan’s courtroom was filled to capacity on January 07, 2015, with social justice activists, their supporters, and their lawyers.  Numerous young activists faced various charges including obstructing traffic, obstruction of walkway, and disorderly conduct, stemming from their arrest on the night after the Ferguson, Missouri Grand Jury decision […]

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Atlantans Protest Ferguson Grand Jury; 26 Arrested

(APN) ATLANTA — Last week, some twenty-six Metro Atlantans, including two journalists, were arrested, during Atlanta protests in the wake of a grand jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who killed Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014. The decision was announced late Monday, November 24, 2014.  On Tuesday, November 25, thousands […]

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Young Activists Blockade I-75/85 in Ferguson Solidarity Action

By Anna Simonton, Staff Writer (October 27, 2014) (APN) ATLANTA — On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, activists shut down four lanes of northbound traffic on I-75/85 for more than half an hour.  The action was part the 19th annual National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation. It was also part of a […]

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