Category Archives: State of Georgia

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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Georgia to Begin Medical Marijuana Research Trials

(APN) ATLANTA — “Yes We Cannabis” was the rallying cry of many individuals and organizations on the grounds of the State Capitol, Wednesday, April 20, 2011, in support of marijuana policy reform in the State of Georgia. The group also celebrated the fact that Georgia has started to implement the Medical Marijuana Necessities Act of 1981 (MMNA 1981) that will […]

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Labor Activists Recall Dr. King’s Murder 43 Years Later

By Brian S. Sherman, Special to The Atlanta Progressive News (APN) ATLANTA — More than six hundred unionists and pro-labor activists participated in the We Are One march and rally on Monday, April 04, 2011, in Atlanta. The event was organized by leaders of the Georgia American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). The theme was commemoration of the […]

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Legislature Empowers Governor to Replace APS Board Members

(APN) ATLANTA — Earlier today, on the last day of the 2011 legislative session, Thursday, April 14, 2011, the State Senate approved, on a vote of 34-12, a version of SB 79 which was substituted by the House on Monday, April 11. The legislation, which is expected to be signed by Governor Nathan Deal, would give the governor the authority […]

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Chernobyl Experts Speak in Georgia about Nuclear Risks, Disasters

(APN) ATLANTA — Last week, Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at Manuel’s Tavern, Georgia Women’s Action for New Direction (WAND), hosted Dr. Nataliya Miranova and Natalia Manzurova, for the purpose of them sharing their expertise on the risks of nuclear reactors, and the threat such reactors post to humanity. They spoke at Manuel’s and at Emory University, before heading to Chattanooga, […]

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(IPS) US Supreme Court Rejects Troy Davis Appeal after New Hearing

This article first appeared on the Inter-Press Service at: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=55050 ATLANTA, Georgia, Mar 29, 2011 (IPS) – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that it would not hear an appeal by death row inmate Troy Davis, in what could be the end of the legal road for the Georgia prisoner whose case has garnered international support. The Court had granted […]

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8,000 Rally against Georgia Anti-Immigrant Bills

(APN) ATLANTA — Over 8,000 activists rallied outside the State Capitol on Thursday, March 24, 2011, to show their outrage and disgust over Georgia’s Arizona-type immigration bills. As previously reported by Atlanta Progressive News, legislation, HB 87, has already passed the State House.  A similar bill, SB 40, has also passed the State Senate. While the vast majority of protesters […]

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Parents’ Group Calls on El to Resign as APS Board Chair

  (APN) ATLANTA — On Friday, March 18, 2011, a group of Atlanta Public Schools parents called Step Up or Step Down–which was formed after AdvancED/SACS CASI put APS on probation in January 2011–called upon Board of Education Chairman Khaatim El to step down as Chair. Among their concerns are recent revelations that El flipped Board Member Lachandra Butler-Burks the […]

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200 Protest in Midtown over US Occupations of Iraq, Afghanistan

(APN) ATLANTA —  Yesterday, on the 8th anniversary of the criminal US “shock and awe” attack on Iraq, 160 Atlantans marched in Midtown to bring awareness that the US still has troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that these continued occupations will cost Georgia taxpayers five billion dollars in 2011. “Bring the Troops and War Dollars Home!” “Money for Jobs […]

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Senate Democrats Vow To “Take To The Streets” In Battle over HOPE Reforms

This article first appeared on The Beacon website at: http://www.beaconcastmedia.com/politics/Senate-Democrats-Vow-To-Take-To-The-Streets-In-Battle-over-HOPE-Reforms–2851 (APN) ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal (R) signed HB 326, a major reform package to the HOPE Scholarship on Tuesday, but some Senate Democrats vowed in a recent press conference to keep fighting the reforms. “With today’s signing, we have closed a $300 million shortfall in the next year, we have […]

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Three Vie for Sandy Springs Council Seat

This article first appeared on The Beacon website at: http://www.beaconcastmedia.com/news/Three-Vie-for-Vacant-Sandy-Springs-City-Council-Seat-2821 (subscription-only)   (SANDY SPRINGS, Ga.) — Three candidates debated their qualifications and attempted to articulate their respective visions for the City of Sandy Springs at a forum held Thursday night at City Hall. The hopefuls are vying for the District 4 city council seat left vacant by former Councilwoman Ashley Jenkins, […]

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