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MARTA Project List Not Certain in Sales Tax Referendum

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(APN) ATLANTA — On the November 08, 2016 General Election ballot, voters in the City of Atlanta are being asked whether to support or to oppose a half-penny sales tax to support MARTA.   However, Atlanta Progressive News has learned that, rather than a specific list of projects, the referendum poses a large menu of possibilities for transportation improvements.   […]

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EDITORIAL: 30 Percent AMI on the Beltline; Now or Never

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Council members need to stop declaring their desire for “mixed-income communities,” unless they are willing to at some point enact public policies that actually support each part of the mix.   The time is now to enact a public policy to produce units to benefit Atlanta’s working households making 15,000 dollars and less per year, […]

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Fialkow, Hodges Claim Anti-Semitism in Homeless Task Force Lawsuit

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With research by Gloria Tatum   (APN) ATLANTA — Developer Emmanuel “Manny” Fialkow, who, documents show, conspired to sabotage the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless so he could obtain its building–and his attorney Ken Hodges, former Democratic nominee for Attorney General–have accused the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless and its attorneys of anti-semitism, in a latest […]

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APN Issues State House, Senate Scorecard for 2014-2016 (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — As the 2017-2018 General Assembly Legislative Session quickly approaches in Georgia, Atlanta Progressive News is re-issuing our Combined Scorecard for 2014, 2015, and 2016 for legislators in the State House and Senate representing areas wholly or partially in Fulton and/or DeKalb Counties.   The Scorecard rates the candidates on the progressiveness of their voting records, based on […]

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Rev. Benford Stellmacher, 1953-2016, !Presente!

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(APN) ATLANTA – Rev. Benford Dwight Stellmacher, 63, a strong advocate for, and generous servant of, low-income and homeless people; someone who carried on the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement; and a long-standing producer of the “Issues and Answers” show Atlanta’s People TV public access television, has passed away.   An extraordinary man and gentle giant, he was an […]

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Why Jill Stein is Not on the Ballot in Georgia

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — Green Party nominee for President of the U.S. Jill Stein may be polling nationally at four percent, but she is not on the ballot in Georgia even after a federal district court set a new threshold for petition signatures for statewide minor party nominees.   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2016/03/18/breaking-georgia-ballot-access-law-stricken-for-presidential-candidates/   http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2016/04/25/georgia-green-constitution-parties-push-forward-on-petitions-for-ballot-access-despite-state-appeal/   […]

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Louisiana’s Statewide School Takeover Was Post-Katrina Disaster

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(APN) NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana — After Hurricane Katrina, the State of Louisiana advanced a statewide takeover of the Orleans Parish School District that has been a catastrophe of public policy, harming students, parents, voters, and communities.   Education advocates in New Orleans like Karran Harper Royal are distraught to learn that Georgia voters are facing a statewide referendum this November […]

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Black Lives Matter Shuts Down Atlanta Council, as Council Approves Eminent Domain Talks for Peachtree-Pine

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Monday, October 03, 2016, Black Lives Matter Atlanta and a broad, youth-led coalition of progressive activists led a lengthy series of disruptions of the Full Council Meeting of the City Council of Atlanta.   It was the rowdiest, most boisterous direct action to take place in Council Chambers since the 2005 panhandling ordinance.   To his […]

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Cheryl Courtney-Evans, 1952-2016, !Presente!

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(APN) ATLANTA — Cheryl Courtney-Evans, 61, a pioneering transgender activist in Atlanta, has passed away, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   She was the founder and Executive Director of Transgender Individuals Living Their Truth (TILTT), which hosts its meetings at the Phillip Rush Center.   http://www.tiltt.org/   Courtney-Evans advocated for transgender equality issues at the local, state, and national levels. […]

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Open Door Community, a Space for Homeless Advocacy, Closing in January 2017

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With additional background by Matthew Charles Cardinale.   (APN) ATLANTA — The Open Door Community at 910 Ponce de Leon Avenue, a home and community space that has served Atlanta’s homeless community and many others in Atlanta’s Midtown neighborhood for 35 years, will close its doors some time in January 2017.   The Catholic Worker-led Open Door Community has provided […]

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Atlantans March Against Police Killings of Crutcher, Scott, Rogers, Robinson

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Friday, September 23, 2016, approximately one thousand people gathered at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights at 100 Ivan Allen Boulevard for a rally, march, and sit-in to demand not one more Black body lost to the hands of the police in the United States.   The rally was in response to the recent […]

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Solarize Decatur-DeKalb Promotes Solar Panels Installations for Homes

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(APN) DECATUR — DeKalb County homeowners, business owners, and environmentalists showed up at the downtown Decatur Recreation Center for a town hall meeting on September 01, 2016 to learn how to solarize their homes and businesses with the Solarize Decatur-DeKalb campaign.   www.solarcrowdsource.com/projects/solarize-decatur-dekalb/   One can sign up online for a free solar evaluation between September 01 and December 31, […]

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Atlantans Rally in Support of Largest Prison Strike in U.S. History

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With editing by Tom Coffin, Special to the Atlanta Progressive News   (APN) ATLANTA — The largest coordinated work stoppage and hunger strikes in U.S. history began on Friday, September 09, 2016–the 45th anniversary of the infamous and brutally suppressed prison uprising at Attica State Prison in New York–and is currently still in progress.   The prison strike encompasses at […]

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Homeless Task Force Case Heads to Trial October 17, as Settlement Status Unclear

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With research by Gloria Tatum   (APN) ATLANTA — After six years of litigation, the lawsuit of the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, versus the multiple defendants who appear to have engaged in a tortious conspiracy to sabotage what is the largest homeless shelter in the Southeast U.S., is barreling towards trial, according to court documents obtained by […]

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Proposed Sabal Gas Pipeline Runs through Aquifer, Wetlands, Sinkhole Territory

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(APN) ATLANTA — The proposed Sabal Trail–a fracked gas pipeline through Alabama, Georgia, and Florida–would run through hundred of miles of sinkhole-prone land, will cross over one thousand wetlands, and will disturb an aquifer.   Some environmental advocates refer to the project as the “Sinkhole Trail Pipeline.”.   The project will include approximately 474 miles of a three foot wide, […]

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