Category Archives: State of Georgia

In Court, City of Atlanta’s Case for Eminent Domain Fizzles

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(APN) ATLANTA — The City of Atlanta’s case for seizing the home of Tanya Washington, of Atlanta’s Peoplestown neighborhood, by eminent domain fell apart in court on Tuesday, June 06, 2017.   Fulton County Superior Court Judge Craig Schwall heard the case.  Some thirty activists from the community came to participate in a press conference before the hearing, as well […]

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Atlanta Mayor, Council Stall on Decriminalization of Cannabis

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — Facing pressure from Mayor of Atlanta Kasim Reed, Central Atlanta Progress, and other organizations, the City Council of Atlanta has stalled on legislation that Councilman Kwanza Hall (District 2), a Mayoral candidate, introduced nearly three months ago, to lower the municipal penalties to a fine and eliminate the possibility […]

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BREAKING: New Lawsuit Filed Over Georgia E-Voting

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(APN) ATLANTA — Two Georgia voters and a national advocacy organization filed a new lawsuit challenging Georgia’s electronic voting regime on Friday, May 26, 2017.   The Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief and Writ of Mandamus was filed in Fulton County Superior Court.   The plaintiffs have also filed for an emergency injunction, for which an emergency hearing has […]

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Eight Arrested at Georgia Board of Regents Meeting over Undocumented Student Ban

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Tuesday, May 15, 2017, eight activists including pastors, students, teachers, artists, and retired workers were arrested after disrupting a Georgia Board of Regents public hearing, where they demanded an end to banning undocumented students from enrolling in public universities in Georgia.   The eight community members arrested are: Rev. Jonathan Rogers, Pastor at UUCA; Laura Emiko […]

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Clarkston Rethinks its Relationship with ICE, Passes Non-detainer Policy

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(APN) CLARKSTON — The City Council of Clarkston, Georgia, has passed a non-detainer policy on May 02, 2017 that prohibits the federal agency Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from arresting people in Clarkston with a “detainer request” or an “administrative immigration warrant.”   ICE must obtain a legal judicial warrant and show probable cause that authorizes an individual’s arrest and […]

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Health Care Protests Held in Atlanta after TrumpCare Passes U.S. House

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(APN) ATLANTA — People have organized and held numerous protests throughout Metro Atlanta since the U.S. House passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA or “TrumpCare”), an Orwellian-named bill that would gut numerous protections of the Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”).   On April 27, 2017, the U.S. House narrowly passed the AHCA, after President Donald Trump campaigned on a promise […]

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Ratepayers Push Vogtle Cancellation at PSC Nuclear Hearing, VCM 16 (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Thursday, May 11, 2017, ratepayers packed the sixteenth Vogtle Construction Monitoring (VCM) hearing, demanding that the Georgia Public Service Commission and Southern Company cancel their plans to complete two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle.   This VCM report covers the period between July 01, 2016 and December 31, 2016.   Atlanta Progressive News has covered […]

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20 Computer Experts Issue Letter to Kemp on E-Voting Unreliability

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — On March 14, 2017, some twenty computer experts from across the U.S. sent a letter to Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, urging Kemp to immediately move to verifiable elections, after approximately sixteen years of faith based E-voting with no paper record in the State of Georgia.   https://www.verifiedvoting.org/verified-voting-letter-to-georgia-secretary-of-state-brian-kemp/ […]

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Activists Seek Emergency PSC Hearing to Reconsider Vogtle Reactors 3, 4

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, Glenn Carroll, Director of Nuclear Watch South (NWS), filed a request for an emergency public hearing with the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) to seek relief for ratepayers from the Construction Work in Progress (CWIP) tax on customers’ electric bills.   Georgia Power ratepayers have been paying in advance for the construction […]

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Eleby Won’t Be Railroaded for I-85 Collapse, Attorneys Insist

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(APN) ATLANTA — Basil Eleby, 40, the homeless man who is accused of starting a fire that caused a portion of Interstate 85 to collapse in Atlanta, has some of the best legal minds defending him plus a growing coalition of 25 diverse community and civil rights organizations that have raised concerns about his case.   Almost immediately after the […]

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Vogtle’s Nuclear Expansion in Question after Westinghouse Bankruptcy Filing

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(APN) ATLANTA — Westinghouse Electric Corporation, the designer and builder of the AP1000 nuclear reactors under construction in Georgia and South Carolina, has filed for Chapter 11 reorganization bankruptcy, putting the future of the nuclear power industry in jeopardy.   Clean energy advocates hope this bankruptcy will be a wooden stake in the heart of the so-called “nuclear renaissance” that […]

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Atlanta May Be the Next City to Decriminalize Cannabis Possession

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta appears set to follow the example set by Clarkston, Georgia, which in 2016 reduced the possible penalties for possession of one ounce of cannabis (“marijuana”).   At the last meeting of the Atlanta City Council’s Public Safety/Legal Administration Committee, the Committee voted to recommend approval of an ordinance by Councilman Kwanza Hall (District 2), 17-O-1152, to […]

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Georgia’s E-Voting Vulnerability Underscored by Server Breach

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(APN) ATLANTA — The vulnerability of Georgia’s electronic voting system to hacking and manipulation–especially without a voter verifiable paper audit trail to provide an independent backup–is underscored by a recent server breach.   Georgia is one of only five U.S. states–along with Delaware, Louisiana, New Jersey, and South Carolina–that does not have an independent way to verify how citizens voted […]

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Georgia Democrats Push Back on Redistricting, Seek Independent Commission

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(APN) ATLANTA — Of the many structural deficiencies with our democratic process in the U.S., politically-motivated redistricting of state and federal legislative districts–also known as gerrymandering–is one of the worst culprits of creating extremist, dysfunctional governments that disempower voters.   State Sen. Elena Parent (D-Atlanta) and others are trying to do something about this and have filed two resolutions, SR […]

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