Update – Only $405.40 Left to Raise to Meet APN’s 2015 Goal


Dear APN Readers,


Happy holidays – we hope you are having a warm and joyous holiday season.


Speaking of warm, how about yesterday’s major announcement of an international agreement to address global warming?  APN is planning a story on Atlantans’ reactions to the agreement and the role of civil society organizations in the U.S. South in converging upon Paris for this historic opportunity.  So, stay tuned for that.


Actually, we have some fabulous coverage lined up to carry us through the rest of the year, but we’re just a little bit short on our fundraising goal for 2015.


We only need to raise $405.40, to meet our fundraising goal for 2015, to make sure we can meet our coverage goals through the rest of the year.


We are very close to reaching our 2015 fundraising goal of $5,000; can you help?




In addition to one-time donations, we also have a somewhat new option for a monthly recurring donation.  We are calling it a voluntary subscription.  Currently, we have 13 people signed up to give $5/month; we are looking for 70 more people to give at that rate, to give us an annual base of support of $5,000/year.




Please also note our new mailing address, as listed on our website’s donate page.


As many of you know, we celebrated our ten year anniversary just a few weeks ago.


That means that we are now already in our eleventh year of publication, and that is a testament to the power of community-supported, independent news media!




I just want to go over what I think are some of our proudest accomplishments for 2015:


  • Coverage of Peoplestown/Summerhill eminent domain threats by the City of Atlanta; call to action for Mattie Jackson; ultimately led to coalescence of a movement to save her some.


  • Drafting of Affordable Housing Impact Statement ordinance for Atlanta City Council by APN’s News Editor.  Ordinance unanimously adopted by Atlanta City Council and now law in the City of Atlanta.


  • Ongoing, often exclusive coverage of the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless struggle to survive despite efforts by the City of Atlanta and others to sabotage its existence.  The only coverage that acknowledges the clear, documented conspiracy by the City, Central Atlanta Progress, Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, and others.


  • Updated Georgia Legislature Scorecard for State House Representatives and Senators in the Fulton and DeKalb County delegations.  Now covering 2014 and 2015.


  • Our in-depth coverage of the 2015 legislative session.


  • Candidate questionnaires for several Special Elections.


  • Our leading coverage of cityhood and annexation proposals throughout Metro Atlanta.


  • Covering every meeting of the medical cannabis study commission in Georgia.


  • Coverage of progress on solar power in Georgia – something positive for once!


  • Expanded coverage of DeKalb County Government issues.


  • Trip to San Antonio, Texas, to learn more about mental health outreach and treatment model for local police.


  • Ongoing coverage of advocates’ work on creating a LEAD program in Atlanta, including their trips to Seattle, Washington; Washington, D.C., and more.  The program was just adopted by the Atlanta City Council as well.


  • Coverage of legislation by Atlanta Councilwoman Mary Norwood’s idea to set multi-Committee public comment limits, led to Norwood withdrawing the proposal.


  • Critical coverage of the Turner Field redevelopment, providing unique analysis and perspective.


And there’s really so much more that we could list.


Did you know that every news article, blog post, opinion piece, and other form of content is available for free in our news archive?  All 2,445 posts to date.  Our archives are searchable; and we’ve also been going back through and adding tags and categories to every article – we’re about halfway done.


It was so good to see so many of you at the APN Anniversary Party.  Please stay in touch and let us know your thoughts, ideas – you can always post a comment on any article or on our Facebook page.


Thank you again for your support and looking forward to another amazing year of empowering you to make a meaningful difference in the democratic process.


Matthew Charles Cardinale, CEO and News Editor

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