Category Archives: State of Georgia

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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College Student Activist Arrested at HOPE Debate in Georgia House

(APN) ATLANTA — Andrew Epstein, a graduate student in history at the University of Georgia, was arrested today, Tuesday, March 08, 2011, at the Georgia State Capitol during the State Senate floor debate of HB 326, the Republican bill to amend the HOPE Scholarship. About ten minutes into the Senate debate on HB 326, a banner was quietly dropped over […]

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Some Georgia Immigration Bills Advance, Others Stagnate or Fail

  (APN) ATLANTA — With several immigration-related bills introduced this year in the Georgia Legislature, some of the most sweeping measures–modeled after recently passed immigration reforms in Arizona–are advancing to passage, while other bills face hurdles or have stagnated.  Atlanta Progressive News has attended committee hearings and observed floor debates related to several of these bills. HB 87, “SHOW ME […]

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Prison Firms, Suspected Hate Group behind Georgia’s Immigrant Bills

  (APN) ATLANTA — Private prison firms and right-wing hate groups have supported, lobbied for, and–either directly or indirectly–helped to craft several bills pending in the Georgia legislature this Session, including HB 87, the Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011. “Corrections Corporation of America (CCA)- we know they have lobbyists here,” Larry Pellegrini, a long-time activist and lobbyist […]

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APS Ethics Panel Pursuing El Cases, Considering Outside Officer for English Case

(APN) ATLANTA — Several Atlanta Public Schools parents have contacted Atlanta Progressive News to report significant progress at last night’s Atlanta Public Schools Ethics Commission meeting, of Wednesday, February 09, 2011. First, the Commission agreed to investigate the two ethics complaints filed against APS Board of Education Chairman Khaatim El. As previously reported by APN, El received private, pro bono […]

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Dekalb Judge Barbara Mobley Resigns after 16 Allegations by JQC

Dekalb County State Court Judge Barbara Mobley has stepped down in a letter to Gov. Nathan Deal, after the Judicial Qualifications Commission filed a complaint against her alleging 16 different violations, according to news reports. She has agreed to never serve as a judge again in the State of Georgia. The 16 violations included, according to the JQC report filed […]

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