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What We’re Reading – Sunday, November 29, 2015

To access links, pls click on full post. #### Former Aide to DeKalb Commissioner Boyer Pleads Guilty Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription)   Johns Creek Council Votes Full and Complete Opposition to MARTA Rail Expansion Political Insider blog, Atlanta Journal-Constitution   DeKalb Lawmakers Update Residents on Possible Cityhood Reforms Decaturish   Eugene City Council Passes Ordinance Allowing Campers to […]

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Jill Stein, Cornell West Visit Atlanta to Promote Green Party Ballot Access in Georgia

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(APN) ATLANTA — Jill Stein, who is seeking the Green Party’s nomination for President and who was the party’s nominee in 2012; and renowned academic Cornel West are pushing for third-party ballot access in Georgia.   The pair visited Atlanta on November 20, 2015 to stump for Stein’s campaign and work on collecting the required 50,000 signatures to get her […]

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APN Issues State House, State Senate Scorecard for 2015

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(APN) ATLANTA — As next year’s General Assembly legislative session quickly approaches in Georgia, Atlanta Progressive News is taking a look back on what took place under the Gold Dome earlier this year, in 2015, updating the Legislative Scorecard we first published in 2014.   We again rated State House Representatives and State Senators representing areas wholly or partially in […]

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Ben Howard Back at NPU-R, Elected Secretary, Atlanta Tells NPUs: No More Banished Activists

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(APN) ATLANTA — Earlier this year, two Atlanta activists, Ben Howard and Ron Shakir, were banned from participating in the public meetings of Atlanta’s Neighborhood Planning Unit R (NPU-R), a move that appears to have violated Georgia’s Open Meetings Act.   Ricardo Jacobs, the Chair of NPU-R, initiated the ban because, he claimed, Howard and Shakir repeatedly disrupted […]

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Eleven Arrested while Protesting Stewart Detention Center, including One Atlantan

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(APN) LUMPKIN, Georgia — On November 21, 2015, over 1,400 people came from across the U.S. for the ninth annual “Shut It Down” march on Stewart Detention Center.  It was the largest protest yet against the private Correction Corporation of America’s (CCA) for-profit prison.   Up to 1,750 immigrants are held at CCA without due process or the right to […]

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What We’re Reading – Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Click on full post to access links.   Atlanta Mayor We’re Going to End Homeless for Veterans Business Journals   Protesters Defend Stone Mountain Against Proposed MLK Monument Atlanta Magazine   A First Sign of Alliances Around Marta’s Rail Push Into North Fulton Atlanta Journal-Constitution   Fulton County Budget Writers Say Annexations Cost South Fulton $1 Million […]

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Long-Time Education Advocates Launch New Organization, Public Education Matters Georgia

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(APN) ATLANTA — With controversial changes to public education coming down Georgia’s legislative pipeline, parents and teachers are ramping up their organizing efforts, among them three Atlanta women who recently launched a new group called Public Education Matters Georgia (PEMG).   Former Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education Member Cecily Harsch-Kinnane (District 3), Janet Kishbaugh, and Carolyn Wood have been […]

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City of Atlanta to Install Solar Panels on 28 City Buildings

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(APN) ATLANTA — City of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed held a press conference Monday, November 23, 2015 at Atlanta City Hall to announce that the City is launching Solar Atlanta, its first solar energy program.   The program will allow solar panels to be installed on the roofs of 28 municipal buildings in Atlanta.  This is the first program of […]

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O Cleta, Where Art Thou? Winslow Misses 38% of Council Meetings (UPDATE 1)

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Councilwoman Cleta Winslow (District 4) has been absent from 38 percent of her City Council and committee meetings since the start of the year in January 2015, based on records available on the City’s website reviewed by Atlanta Progressive News.   This is at least the second […]

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Task Force for the Homeless Wins Favorable Georgia Supreme Court Ruling


(APN) ATLANTA — This morning, Monday, November 23, 2015, the Supreme Court of Georgia issued a ruling that is favorable to the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, upholding prior summary judgment rulings, and paving the way for a trial on the merits of the case.   The Task Force claims that Central Atlanta Progress, Manny Fialkow, and other […]

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APN Celebrates Ten Years Of Radical Reporting and Rabble Rousing

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(APN) ATLANTA — For ten years, Atlanta Progressive News has served as a voice for the Left and a source of information on labor, education, local politics, the environment, economic justice, and many other issues that too often receive short shrift in Metro Atlanta’s corporate media.   APN will officially turn ten on tomorrow, November 23, 2015; then the online […]

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LaVista Hills Alliance Legal Challenge Fizzles

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(APN) DEKALB COUNTY — The November 2015 referendum vote over whether to create a new city in DeKalb County called LaVista Hills failed by a vote of 6,925 nays to 6,789 yeas, a difference of 136 votes.   Early on Election Day, some voters in the proposed City of LaVista Hills did not see the cityhood referendum on their ballot […]

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Class Action Lawsuit Filed against State over Release of Voters’ Information


(APN) ATLANTA — A class action lawsuit was filed Tuesday, November 17, 2015 in Fulton Superior Court against Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, alleging the State released over six million Georgia voters’ Social Security numbers, dates of birth, and driver’s license numbers to unauthorized individuals.   Kemp is charged with willful violations of Georgia’s Personal Identity Protection Act of […]

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Atlanta City Council Passes Affordable Housing Impact Statements

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(APN) ATLANTA — The City Council of Atlanta passed an ordinance providing for Affordable Housing Impact Statements in a unanimous vote of fourteen to zero at its Full Council Meeting on today, Monday, November 16, 2015.   The ordinance passed as part of today’s Consent Agenda.  Councilwoman Cleta Winslow (District 4) was absent.   The ordinance was drafted […]

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MARTA Privatizes Paratransit, Despite Public Outcry

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(APN) ATLANTA — Despite public outcry, MARTA Mobility, the paratransit service for Atlantans with disabilities, will soon be run by a private company instead of the local transit authority.   On November 05, 2015, the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) unanimously to approve a three-year, 64.9 million dollar contract to MV Transportation Inc. to […]

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