Category Archives: State of Georgia

Dialysis Patients Abandoned by Grady Hospital Told One Year to Live

  (APN) ATLANTA — Twenty-three Atlanta dialysis patients’ lives hang in the balance, one year after the privatized Grady Memorial Hospital orporation decided to close its dialysis clinic and abandon its patients, now that a one-year contract that GMHC and a private clinic Fresenius had negotiated has expired. The contract expired August 31, 2011.  They were told that they could […]

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(IPS) Five Nations Execute Homosexuals, Two More Considering It

This article appeared on the Inter-Press Service website at: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=104945. ATLANTA, Georgia, U.S., Aug 31, 2011 (IPS) – Five nations still outlaw homosexuality and carry out executions of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, according to a recent report by the U.S. group Human Rights First. Currently, the nations that prescribe capital punishment for homosexuals are Iran, Mauritania, the Republic […]

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Beltline, Not MARTA Line Extensions, on Penny Tax Proposed List

  Beltline, Not MARTA Line Extensions, on Penny Tax Proposed List By Matthew Cardinale, News Editor, The Atlanta PRogressive News (APN) ATLANTA — On Thursday, August 04, 2011, the Executive Committee of the Atlanta Regional Transportation Roundtable, narrowed the list of major projects to receive full or significant funding, as part of the Atlanta regional transportation wish list, down to […]

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Georgia PSC Can’t Silence Nuclear Power Debate

  (APN) Doug Everett, Member of the Georgia Public Service Commission, attempted to limit the scope of public remarks at a recent meeting of the PSC, on Wednesday, July 06, 2011, but could not prevent citizens from stating they do not want two new nuclear power reactors in Georgia at Plant Vogtle. The nuclear disaster at Fukushima is a wake-up […]

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Federal Judge Throws Out Two Provisions of Georgia’s Immigrant Law

  (APN) ATLANTA — On June 27, 2011, US District Judge Thomas Thrash, Jr., put on hold two core parts of HB 87 which would have gone into effect July 1.  His ruling blocks police from asking about immigration status during investigations of criminal violations.  Investigations into someone going a few miles over the speed limit, rolling a stop sign, […]

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NAACP, GCPA Sue Georgia for Neglecting Low-Income Voter Registration

  A lawsuit was filed on June 6, 2011 in federal court  to force Georgia’s state public assistance offices to comply with the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) that requires all public assistance offices to offer voter registration forms to people seeking public assistance. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP (Georgia NAACP) […]

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GDOT Returns Revised Transportation Wish List to Atlanta Region

(APN) ATLANTA — The second step in the process which will lead to a Metro Atlanta region vote in 2012 on whether to levy a one penny sales tax to support transportation projects in the region, has been completed. The Georgia Department of Transportation has reviewed the Metro Atlanta region’s initial, unconstrained wish list, and made some changes.  The changes […]

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Lawsuit Filed to Challenge Georgia’s Anti-Immigrant Law

(APN) ATLANTA — On Thursday, June 02, 2011, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Georgia, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Asian Law Caucus, and a coalition of other organizations including civil rights groups filed a class action lawsuit challenging Georgia’s discriminatory anti-immigrant law passed last month and inspired by Arizona’s notorious SB 1070. […]

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Georgians Rally for Marijuana Policy Reform

  (APN) ATLANTA — About thirty activists from around the State of Georgia gathered in Atlanta’s Little Five Points neighborhood on Saturday, May 07, 2011, to rally for marijuana policy reform The rally began at Freedom Park and ended up in Findley Plaza. Atlanta was one of many cities which participated in the Worldwide Cannabis March. Activists held signs including, […]

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(IPS) Prison Lobbyists Help Spread Anti-Immigrant Laws to U.S. South

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service at: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=55802 ATLANTA, Georgia, May 26, 2011 (IPS) – Earlier this month, Georgia became the third state to enact some of the most anti-immigrant legislation in recent U.S. history, when Governor Nathan Deal, a Republican, signed the bill, HB 87. Among other things, the bill allows law enforcement officials to ask suspicious […]

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APAB Votes to Request Atlanta Committee Briefing Records

(APN) ATLANTA — At the Saturday, May 21, 2011, meeting of the Atlanta Planning and Advisory Board (APAB), the citizens’ advisory group to the City of Atlanta, APAB voted to request information related to one of the City Council of Atlanta’s seven regularly scheduled closed-door Committee Briefings, Atlanta Progressive News has learned. APAB President Cathy Richards and senior advocate Ben […]

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Governor Deal Poised to Sign Divisive Immigration Bill in Georgia

(APN) ATLANTA — Governor Nathan Deal is poised to sign the controversial racial profiling immigration bill, HB 87, into law.  He has until May 24, 2011, to sign or veto the bill before it automatically becomes law, that is, forty days since it was passed by the legislature. Deal is in a bit of a bind because Georgia Republicans are […]

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Atlanta Council Opposes APS Board Replacement Law

(APN) ATLANTA — The City Council of Atlanta voted Monday, May 02, 2011, to express their opposition to SB 79, which Republican Governor Nathan Deal has signed, and which gives Deal the power to recommend removal of the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education members. The resolution states that the Council is not supportive of the law and asks the […]

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(IPS) Death Penalty in Limbo after US DEA Confiscates Lethal Drugs

This article first appeared on Inter-Press Service at: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=55438. ATLANTA, Georgia, Apr 29, 2011 (IPS) – The death penalty is in limbo in several states since the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency confiscated several states’ supplies of sodium thiopental (ST), a key drug used in lethal injections, and as the supply of the drug to the U.S. grows even tighter. First, […]

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The Beacon, North Fulton Newspaper, Ceases Publication

(APN) ATLANTA — The Beacon, a far right-wing newspaper that primarily served North Fulton County, but also had a statewide audience, has ceased print publication as of today, April 25, 2011, amidst a Chapter Seven bankruptcy filing. The print news industry is struggling, with the Sunday Paper ceasing publication earlier this year.  What is surprising is the Beacon’s difficult financial […]

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