Sen. Curt Thompson Will Keep Pushing Medical Cannabis Bill

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(APN) ATLANTA — Today, Monday, January 26, 2015, State Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon) is formally introducing language to replace the original, placeholder language of HB 1, to provide immunity for individuals with CBD oil, but not allow for in-state growing.   However, State Sen. Curt Thompson (D-Tucker) tells Atlanta Progressive News that he will keep pushing his medical cannabis bill, […]

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FEATURE: The Many Eric Garners of Georgia

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(APN) ATLANTA — The police murders of Mike Brown of Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner of New York may be dominating national headlines–having inspired a diverse national movement against police brutality–but here in Georgia, there has been a long history of the same that has been equally as deserving of concern.   A TIMELINE OF POLICE BRUTALITY AND MURDERS   […]

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Sen. Fort, Activists Unveil Law Enforcement Policy Reform Package

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Tuesday, January 21, 2015, State Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta) today introduced to the public a broad Law Enforcement Reform package.  It is sponsored by a bipartisan group of Georgia legislators.   Events in the news have prompted an outcry across the nation for police reform and the demilitarization of the police: From the death of Michael […]

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Black Lives Matter “Reclaims MLK” with Powerful Parade Takeover

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Monday, January 20, 2015, Atlanta’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Day parade was imbued with a spirit of resistance this year, as local members of the Black Lives Matter network took action to “Reclaim MLK.”   As protests have continued nationwide, in response to heightened awareness surrounding police murder of young people of color, community leaders […]

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Atlanta Councilman Bond Settles Multi-Issue Ethics Investigation (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Councilman Michael Julian Bond (Post 1-at-large) has entered into a settlement with the City’s Board of Ethics regarding several violations of Atlanta’s Code of Ethics.  The settlement was approved by the Board during their January 15, 2015 meeting.   Atlanta Progressive News contacted Bond for an interview, but he noted that one of the conditions […]

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City of Atlanta Pursuing Annexation of Druid Hills Neighborhood (UPDATE 3)

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(APN) ATLANTA — The City of Atlanta is about to get a whole lot bigger, as the City is pursuing two annexation proposals.  As previously reported by Atlanta Progressive News, the City is looking to annex part of unincorporated south Fulton County.  In addition, the City is looking to annex part of the Druid Hills neighborhood in unincorporated northwest DeKalb […]

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Legislature May Approve Solar Panel Lease Financing, with Limits

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(APN) ATLANTA — 2015 may be the year in which the Georgia Legislature takes a step forward on allowing for more Georgia homes and businesses to invest in solar power.   On Tuesday, January 13, 2015, a subcommittee created by State Rep. Don Parsons (R-Marietta), who chairs the House Energy, Utilities, & Telecommunications Committee, approved legislation drafted by State Rep. […]

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Some Georgia Faith Leaders Oppose Religious Freedom Bill

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Tuesday, January 13, 2015, several faith leaders held a press conference at the State Capitol to deliver a letter from over sixty faith leaders of diverse traditions, who  oppose HB 29, the so-called “Religious Freedom Bill.”   Here is a link to their letter: http://www.faithinpubliclife.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Georgia-Faith-Leaders-Unite-Against-Discrimination.pdf   The speakers were Rev. James Lamkin, Pastor, Northside Drive Baptist […]

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Moral Monday Activists Protest Gov. Deal’s Policies at Inauguration

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Monday, January 12, 2015, while Gov. Nathan Deal was being sworn in for his second term, hundreds of Moral Monday supporters laid down in the halls of the State Capitol to protest some of the Governor’s policies.   Signs were displayed to express their concerns.  Without Medical expansion, an estimated over eleven hundred Georgians have died. […]

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Atlanta’s Ferguson Protesters Appear in Court, Several Cases Dismissed

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(APN) ATLANTA — City of Atlanta Municipal Court Chief Judge Herman L. Sloan’s courtroom was filled to capacity on January 07, 2015, with social justice activists, their supporters, and their lawyers.  Numerous young activists faced various charges including obstructing traffic, obstruction of walkway, and disorderly conduct, stemming from their arrest on the night after the Ferguson, Missouri Grand Jury decision […]

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