Tag Archives: first amendment

Progressives Delighted with Gov. Deal’s Veto of Troubling “Religious Freedom” Bill

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal announced on Monday, March 28, 2016, that he will veto HB 757, the so-called “Religious Freedom Bill” passed by the Legislature earlier this year.   http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20152016/HB/757   Many progressive advocates, faith leaders, and elected officials have responded with delight.   “As a Rabbi, I’m relieved and […]

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Bond Granted for Latausha Nedd as New Details Undermine State’s Case


(APN) JONESBORO, Georgia –– A Clayton County magistrate judge has granted bond to Latausha Nedd, the first victory in a case that raises serious concerns about free speech rights and the power of law enforcement and vigilantes to destabilize social movements by targeting activists.   Atlanta Progressive News previously reported that Nedd, a Clayton County resident with a long track […]

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APD Free Speech Violations Go to Court

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(APN) ATLANTA — Three lawsuits were filed on Monday, September 21, 2015, for violations of free speech rights of protesters and media by Atlanta police.   Two cases resulted from the November 2014 marches and protests in downtown Atlanta after the police killing verdict in the controversial Ferguson, Missouri, case was announced to the public   As reported earlier by […]

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Judge Denies Stand Your Ground Defense by Home Defenders

(APN) DECATUR — On May 14, 2014, the “Avondale” Four testified in the DeKalb County courthouse that they were not criminally trespassing when they refused to leave the Avondale Estate property after police served an eviction notice on August 09, 2013, but rather they were “standing their ground” against an illegal foreclosure and unlawful eviction.     The Avondale Four […]

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A Progressive Critique of Efforts to Repeal Stand Your Ground

By Johnny Walking Drum   Atlanta Progressive News reported an ignominious act perpetrated by our government to curtail Moral Monday protesters’ liberties in a redress of grievance at the Georgia Capitol building in downtown Atlanta.  The Moral Monday (MM) protesters, who were challenging the Stand Your Ground law, were arrested for exercising their right under the First Amendment of the […]

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Task Force for the Homeless Loses Federal Appeal against City of Atlanta

(APN) ATLANTA — On Tuesday, January 15, 2013, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless in the shelter’s appeal of an earlier federal court ruling in its case against the City of Atlanta. The federal court ruling of US District Court Judge Thrash, dated September 21, 2011, had granted summary judgment […]

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City of Atlanta Loses Bid for Secret Memo Injunction, Contempt

  (APN) ATLANTA — In a victory against the City of Atlanta’s ongoing, multifaceted attack upon the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, the News Editor of Atlanta Progressive News–the present writer–prevailed in court against the City’s attempt to suppress APN’s publication of the City’s secret memos. APN wrote about four internal City of Atlanta memos prepared […]

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City of Atlanta Attorneys Want Their Memos Back

(APN) ATLANTA — The City of Atlanta Law Department has requested that Atlanta Progressive News return four memoranda to their offices, after APN obtained the controversial memos and published their contents earlier this week. One memo, dated April 04, 2011, authored by Kristen Denius, Assistant City Attorney, and sent to all Council Members and Council staff, admits that Council Members […]

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City Attorneys Saw Meetings Violations, Memos Show

  (APN) ATLANTA — City attorneys for the City of Atlanta advised Council Members in a series of internal memos that the Council had violated the Georgia Open Meetings Act, and advised Council Members to change their practices, Atlanta Progressive News has learned. APN obtained four members prepared for Council Members by City attorneys from a source who was granted […]

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