Monthly Archives: September 2015

What a Fair Housing Victory in the U.S. Supreme Court Means for Atlanta


With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.   (APN) ATLANTA — A decision of the Supreme Court of the U.S. handed down this summer, 2015, could affect affordable housing policies and practices in Georgia.   On September 02, 2015, the Atlanta Regional Housing Forum held a panel discussion on the landmark case, Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. […]

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William Perry Launches New Watchdog Group, Partners With Atlanta Unfiltered

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(APN) ATLANTA — William Perry, the government watchdog who recently left Common Cause Georgia, where he had served as Executive Director, is officially launching his own organization. Two, in fact.   First, Georgia Ethics Watchdogs is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization that will focus on filing ethics complaints against public officials who violate the law.   “It’s really difficult to be […]

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Georgia Green Party Offers Progressive Alternative, Struggles for Relevance


With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.   (APN) ATLANTA — The Georgia Green Party, a chapter of the national Green Party of the United States, is facing many challenges as they gear up for next year’s Presidential election and a continued search for local candidates.   In our continuing coverage of the 2016 Presidential election, this article […]

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Mattie Jackson, Neighbors Vow to Stay, as UDC Adopts Findings

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.   (APN) ATLANTA — On Wednesday, September 09, 2015 the Department of Watershed Management petitioned the Urban Design Commission for the demolition of homes, including seven they do not currently own or have under contract.   Over thirty members of the public, including four current residents, showed up and voiced their opposition to […]

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Candidates Qualify for State Senate District 43

(APN) ATLANTA — Qualifying has been completed for the Special Election for the State Senate District 43, the seat held by State Sen. Ronald Ramsey (D-Lithonia).  Ramsey has been appointed to a new judge position in DeKalb County, as part of the new State Court Traffic Division.   The special election for State Senate District 43 will occur in portions […]

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What We’re Reading – Wednesday, September 16, 2015

To access links, pls click on full post.   Affordable Housing Impact Statements Could Guide Policy in Atlanta Saporta Report (op-ed by Matthew Charles Cardinale, APN News Editor)   Nathan Deal as Religious Liberty Peacemaker -We Shall All See Political Insider blog, Atlanta Journal-Constitution   Georgia Equality Launches Video Series Highlighting Workplace Discrimination of LGBT Georgians Georgia Voice […]

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Bill Bolling, former Food Bank director, Appointed to Decatur City Commission

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(APN) ATLANTA — Bill Bolling, founder of the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) and former Executive Director for 37 years, has been appointed to the Decatur City Commission, filling the vacancy left by Kecia Cunningham (District 2), who resigned last month to take a job outside of Atlanta.   “Bill was nominated by Mayor Pro Tem Patti Garrett and appointed […]

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Clarkston Mayor, Ted Terry, Welcoming Syrian Refugees

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(APN) ATLANTA — Mayor Ted Terry of Clarkston is stepping up with compassionate solutions, while many others merely watch the Syrian refugee disaster unfold on Facebook.   “Clarkston is ready to step up and do our part to welcome more Syrians, more Iraqis, more Afghanis to our City,” Terry told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on September 10, 2015.   “Our Christian […]

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Georgia Fourth Graders Get Pocket-Sized U.S. Constitutions

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(APN) ATLANTA — In an act to promote civic involvement at the grade school level, Richard Woods, Superintendent of the Georgia Public School System, tasked his staff to provide a mini-Constitution, entitled “Words That Built America,” to be handed out to all 130,000 fourth graders in the State.   “Superintendent Woods told me two things, to have a mini-Constitution in […]

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Bernie Sanders, Candidate for President, Visits Atlanta


(APN) ATLANTA — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) talked about real issues that working people care about to an enthusiastic crowd of over one thousand supporters in downtown Atlanta, Friday night, September 11, 2015, at 200 Peachtree Street.   He emphasized in his speech that no President can deal with the crisis facing working families unless there is a mass […]

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What We’re Reading – Sunday, September 13, 2015

To access links, pls click on full post.   DeKalb Economic Development Board Rebuilt Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription)   Georgia Taxpayers Pay to Pave Private Road to Governor’s Home Fox 5 Atlanta television news   Reports Show High Amount of Officers Leaving APD WSBTV Channel 2 television news   Metro Atlanta Population to Hit Eight Million by 2040 […]

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What We’re Reading – Saturday, September 12, 2015

What We’re Reading – Saturday, September 15, 2015   Zoning Attorney to Brookhaven Officials: Want to Play Let’s Make a Deal? Brookhaven Post   FOCUS: Gwinnett Citizens Want Transportation Options Gwinnett Forum   Petition: End the Two Party Monopoly in Georgia Libertarian Party of Georgia   Going Bolling: City Commission Appoints Nonprofit Founder to Fill Vacancy Decaturish […]

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RCP, BLM: Can’t we all just get along?


By Dougie “The Abolitionist” Hanson   I was really disappointed to read the Atlanta Progressive News article disrespecting my good friends with the Atlanta RCP (Revolutionary Communist Party).   I’m a Democratic Socialist, but I know many of them personally.  I developed great respect for them because they were fighting back against Police Brutality & Mass Incarceration when […]

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What We’re Reading – Friday, September 11, 2015

Collections Lawyers Scramble After Garnishment Law is Struck Fulton County Daily Report (subscription)   Top State Senator Says Lottery Could Cut Costs, Spend More on Education Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription)   Black Communities Destroyed by Publicly-Funded Stadium Swindles are Fighting Back in a New Era of Redevelopment Alternet   Eat Your Vegetables: Atlanta Joins Effort to Grow Food […]

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ANALYSIS: APS Board Chair Opposes OSD, albeit with Forked Tongue

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(APN) ATLANTA — On August 28, 2014 Georgia Stand Up hosted an education town hall attended by some members of the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education, including Leslie Grant (District 1), Byron Amos (District 2), Matt Westmoreland (District 3), and Chairman Courtney English (Seat 7-at-large).   The public pressed Board Members to take a clear stance on Gov. Nathan […]

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