Atlanta Citizen Review Board

Sources: Homeless Task Force May Close in November

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(APN) ATLANTA — The homeless men who rely on the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, the largest shelter in the U.S. Southeast, have been informed that the shelter may close in November 2016, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   However, no final decision has been made – leaving Atlanta’s homeless community uncertain about their future.   Atlanta Progressive […]

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Lawsuit Challenges Gwinnett County’s District Map for Blocking Minority Representation

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By Pilar Verdes, Special to the Atlanta Progressive News.   (APN) ATLANTA — On August 08, 2016, the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP, the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO), and seven Gwinnett county citizens have filed a federal lawsuit, challenging the district scheme used by the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners and the Gwinnett Board of Education for […]

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Natives, Environmentalists Stand with Sioux, Opposing Dakota Pipeline

Photograph courtesy of UnicornRiot.Ninja.   (APN) ATLANTA — Native Americans, environmental activists, and landowners have formed a coalition to stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in opposing to the Dakota Access Pipeline (“Bakken pipeline”), the latest iteration of what would have been the Keystone XL Pipeline.   After seven years of protests, sit-ins, lobbying, letter writing, and a review […]

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Emory University Pursuing Atlanta Annexation

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(APN) ATLANTA — Emory University has announced plans to pursue annexation of its campus into the City of Atlanta.  Emory is currently part of unincorporated DeKalb County.   “Emory already promotes its location as Atlanta, is known internationally as being located in Atlanta, and has an Atlanta address and zip code,” the university said in a press release.   “The […]

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Mims Park Statue, of Confederate Mayor Mims, Raises Concern

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(APN) ATLANTA — Plans are underway to restore historic Mims Park, on Atlanta’s West side in the Vine City community, to its original design by world renowned landscape Architects Frederick Law Olmsted and John Charles Olmsted.   The restored Mims Park will memorialize and honor legends of the Civil Rights Movement with statues, but another legacy that is interwoven in […]

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New Orleans Planning Study Recommends Atlanta Housing Ordinance be Adopted

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(APN) ATLANTA — On August 16, 2016, the City Planning Commission staff of the City of New Orleans, Louisiana, recommended that New Orleans adopt, and expand upon, a Model Ordinance for Affordable Housing Impact Statements (AHIS) that was adopted by the City of Atlanta in November 2015.   The Planning Commission will consider the study and recommendations at its meeting […]

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Georgians Outraged by DEA Decision Not to Reschedule Cannabis

(APN) ATLANTA — On August 11, 2016, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) rejected two petitions to reschedule cannabis (“marijuana”) under the Controlled Substances Act from Schedule 1–the classification for dangerous drugs with no medical value–to a lower classification.   https://www.dea.gov/divisions/hq/2016/hq081116.shtml   One petition was from Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington, Gov. Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island, and medical cannabis […]

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Settlement Talks in Homeless Task Force Case, as Trial Date Nears

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With research by Gloria Tatum.   (APN) ATLANTA — With an early October 2016 trial date looming, the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless appears to be discussing a possible settlement in its lawsuit against the numerous defendants–Central Atlanta Progress (CAP), Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID), Emanuel Fialkow, Emory University, and others–Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   Based on […]

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BLM Imposter, “Sir Maejor,” Impersonated FBI Agent, Police

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — Tyree Lavelle Conyers-Page, an Atlanta-based activist who calls himself “Sir Maejor,” has been at the center of controversy over the last couple weeks.   As first reported by Atlanta Progressive News, he has placed himself at the forefront of the Black Lives Matter movement in Atlanta, even though he […]

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Split PSC Approves New Nuclear Study, Some New Solar, Wind in Georgia (UPDATE 1)

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.   (APN) ATLANTA — On Thursday, July 28, 2016, the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) approved a revised Georgia Power Company Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for 2016.  The IRP is a twenty year plan that Georgia Power updates every three years.   The Plan includes at least an additional 1,200 Megawatts (MW) of […]

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Kwanza Hall Ordinance Seeks to Repeal Atlanta’s Quality of Life Code

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.   (APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall (District 2) has introduced an ordinance that, in its current form, would repeal the section of the City of Atlanta’s Code of Ordinances that currently contains the so-called “Quality of Life” laws that disproportionately target homeless people, poor people, people of color, and other […]

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Atlanta Pre-Arrest Diversion Initiative Marks Official Launch

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(APN) ATLANTA — Last month, in June 2016, the City of Atlanta and Fulton County officially launched the Pre-Arrest Diversion (PAD) Initiative to divert from the criminal justice system people whose infractions are driven mainly by addiction, mental illness, and poverty.   The launch makes Atlanta/Fulton County the fifth jurisdiction in the U.S. to embrace the PAD program.  The project […]

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Housing Justice League Hosts Public Hearing on Renter’s State of Emergency

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Housing Justice League presented “Renter’s State of Emergency,” its report on the struggle of low-income workers to pay their rent, to the public and to various elected officials in a public hearing held on Tuesday, July 19, 2016.   Advocates presented their research report to assist the Atlanta City Council with policy decisions going forward.   […]

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Green Party Submits Signatures to Appear on Georgia U.S. Presidential Ballot

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Tuesday, July 12, 2016, the Green Party of Georgia submitted petition signatures to get their Presidential candidate, Jill Stein, on the ballot in Georgia for the November 08, 2016 General Election.   “Tuesday morning, the Georgia Green Party filed with the Elections Division for the Georgia Secretary of State’s office a nomination petition consisting of 1,672 […]

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