Category Archives: Obituary

Former State Sen. Robert Brown, 1950-2011, !Presente!

(APN) ATLANTA — Former State Sen. Robert Brown, 61, who had served as Georgia State Senate Minority Leader until earlier this year, was found dead this week in an apparent suicide. Brown graduated from Mercer University in Macon, and went on to be a strong advocate for the school. He was elected to the State Senate in 1991, in a […]

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Larry Collins, 1954-2011, Drycleaner to Politicos, Friend to Many (UPDATE 1)

UPDATE 1: Statement from Councilman Willis: “He was an all-around great guy.  He was very thoughtful- he treated every one of his customers the same, if you were a City Councilmember or an attorney or a judge, you felt like you were walking into Cheers, because everybody knew your name,” Willis said. “He also understood how to treat his customers… he […]

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State Rep. Billy McKinney, 1927 to 2010, !Presente!

This article contains additional reporting–specifically, interviews with Joe Beasley and State Rep. Tyrone Brooks–by William Cobham. (APN) ATLANTA — Former State Rep. Billy McKinney, 83, passed away on Thursday, July 15, 2010. He was a civil rights activist who served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1973 to 2002. He was also the father of former US Rep. Cynthia […]

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Errin Vuley, 1974-2009, Presente!

(APN) ATLANTA — Many Atlantans in the progressive community are experiencing shock and grief after Errin Jade Vuley, the 35 year-old activist was killed in a car crash on Tuesday, November 17, 2009. A Ford Explorer struck Vuley’s minivan while she was driving down Memorial Drive, according to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution newspaper’s website. Three others were injured in the crash, […]

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Marilyn Clement, Founder of Healthcare-NOW!, 1935-2009

With additional reporting by Matthew Cardinale. (APN) ATLANTA — Marilyn Clement, tireless activist and founder and former national coordinator of Healthcare NOW!–a group which advocates for single-payer universal health care–passed away Monday, August 03, 2009, after a long fight with multiple myeloma. She was 74. Prior to moving to New York in 1968, Clement spent several years as an Atlanta-based […]

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Allen Thornell, Presente! 1970-2009

(APN) ATLANTA — Allen Thornell, 38, was a progressive activist, lobbyist, politician, and media consultant who worked with groups like Georgia Equality, Atlanta Stonewall Democrats, and the AIDS Survival Project. He passed away August 03, 2009, suddenly, from a stroke. Although Thornell had a history of heart problems, he seemed perfectly healthy at the time. Thornell served as Board Co-Chair […]

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