Councilwoman Archibong is Again Named Most Progressive Member on City Council

The APN Atlanta City Council Scorecard is the most comprehensive, voting record-based scorecard available for the current Atlanta City Council, and is available as a public Google Spreadsheet: http://bit.ly/2ixKV6s

APN has been issuing this Scorecard since 2009.  The Scorecard now contains 63 specific votes taken by the Full Council dating back to 2003, in which Atlanta Progressive News has taken a position for or against each legislative item or motion.

Once again, Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong is the most progressive Councilwoman on the City Council, with a score of 82.7 out of 100.

The ranking of the current fifteen Councilmembers are as follows:

NATALYN ARCHIBONG    82.7

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Councilmember Archibong requests GDOT to implement traffic calming measures

ATLANTA DAILY WORLD

By: Roz Edward, Michigan Chronicle Managing Editor

Atlanta City Councilmember Natalyn Archibong introduced legislation requesting the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) implement traffic calming measures along the portions of Memorial Drive within the Atlanta city limits.

Councilmember Archibong said she would like to see Memorial Drive become a safer corridor for walkers and cyclists, with inclusion of green spaces at a time when new housing and amenities, including restaurants and businesses, are rediscovering what many refer to as the “gateway to Atlanta.”

“The Memorial Drive Corridor, especially the portions that lie within the city limits, is experiencing a rebirth. The future of Memorial Drive depends on what we do today to address traffic along the corridor,” Archibong said. “Issues such as speeding, visibility for motorists and pedestrians and the lack of adequate pedestrian crosswalks have become a public safety concern that needs to be addressed with short-term and long-term solutions.

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Atlanta City Councilmember Natalyn Archibong to host 16th Annual Tire Roundup & Recycling Event at CHaRM

City of Atlanta Press Release

ATLANTA – District 5 Constituents can drop off unwanted tires and other hard to recycle materials FREE OF CHARGE from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 15 at the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM), 1110 Hill St. S.E., in partnership with Liberty Tire Recycling.

In addition, this will be the first collection of hard to recycle items as part of the District 5 annual recycling event. For one day only, free recycling will be offered for:

  • Paint – latex and oil base

  • Household chemicals

  • Electronics (TV’s must be intact)

  • Tires (You must unload)

  • Mattresses

  • Propane Tanks

  • Paper shredding will also be available for FREE

For a complete list of items that you can bring to CHaRM visit 

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Councilmember Natalyn Archibong hosts 16th annual Focus Upon Senior Services (F.U.S.S.) Seminar

Atlanta Daily World

By: Roz Edward, Michigan Chronicle Managing Editor

Free seminar to help District 5 seniors save money and protect their assets

Atlanta City Councilmember Natalyn Archibong will host her 16th annual F.U.S.S. (Focus Upon Senior Services) seminar from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Drew Charter School, located at 301 East Lake Boulevard S.E.

 The annual seminar informs District 5 seniors about government services and money-saving discounts.  The free seminar is for senior citizens in East Atlanta, Kirkwood, East Lake, Lake Claire, Edgewood, Reynoldstown, Cabbagetown, North Ormewood Park, and all other seniors living in Council District 5.

 Various city departments, county officials, and senior-based agencies will answer questions, give advice, and make suggestions.

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‘Imagine Memorial’ receives Atlanta Regional Commission funding and Continued Sponsorship from Councilmember Archibong

Decaturish

By Johanna Smith, contributor

Over 100 people gathered in the cafeteria of Drew Charter School this past Tuesday night to attend an Imagine Memorial update meeting.

The project aims to overhaul and improve the corridor.

They audience hailed from neighborhoods bordering the 5.5–mile stretch of Memorial Drive that comprises the Imagine Memorial project, which stretches from downtown Atlanta to East Lake.

Sponsored by Councilmember Natalyn Archibong, whose council district encompasses much of the project area, the meeting featured a brief overview and updates on various projects along the Memorial Drive corridor.

“[Memorial Drive] isn’t a highway, it’s our front yard,” Councilmember Archibong said at the beginning of the meeting.

During the meeting, it was revealed that the Imagine Memorial project had recently received a $32,000 grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), plus $8,000 match of local funds, to update, revise, and adopt the original plan started by Georgia Tech students in fall 2014.

This will allow the project to receive up to $500 million in grants to implement elements of the revised plan through ARC’s Livable Centers Initiative (LCI).

The LCI process enables citizens to take a more active role in the project’s planning and implementation.

“Anyone interested in becoming more involved can reach out to me, Councilmember Archibong, or his local neighborhood association,” said Greg Giuffrida, Memorial Corridor Executive.

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Atlanta City Councilmember Natalyn Archibong to participate in unity rally for diversity and inclusion

Atlanta Daily World

By: Roz Edward, Michigan Chronicle Managing Editor

Atlanta City Councilmember Natalyn Archibong will join the East Atlanta Community Association and community residents for a unity rally in support of Asma Elhuni, a young Muslim American harassed in a local coffee shop in the East Atlanta Village.

Elhuni, 39, is a Georgia State University political science graduate student and a legislative intern for State Rep. Brenda Lopez. She also happens to wear a hijab.

The rally comes after a taped encounter between Elhuni and Rob Koehler of Columbus, GA, at a local coffee shop in the East Atlanta Village. As she sat at her laptop computer, Koehler began photographing Elhuni. She said that at first she tried to ignore the man. When questioned about his motives, Koehler allegedly said derogatory words to Elhuni. He also asked if she had a green card.

The rally which takes place at the East Atlanta Village Farmers Market, 561 Flat Shoals Ave SE., will feature special presentations, words of hope and encouragement, poetry and acknowledgements by several community leaders and stakeholders. Councilmember Natalyn Archibong, who’s council district the event will take place in, has played an integral role in supporting and creating an atmosphere of inclusiveness and tolerance in the East Atlanta community. She has worked tirelessly to ensure that incidents such as these are exposed, addressed and become a thing of the past.

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Councilmember Natalyn Archibong proposes legislation to donate 42K to Atlanta’s civil rights museum

On Common Ground News

By Valerie Morgan

 

Atlanta City Councilmember Natalyn Archibong is proposing legislation authorizing $42,500 in funding to help the Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta. continue its mission of connecting the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s global Human Rights Movement.

Last year, it was reported that the Atlanta tourist’s attraction was struggling to meet projected revenues. CEO Derrick Kayongo said the center’s attendance revenues covered less than 50 percent of its costs, forcing the center to rely on donations to make up the rest. Kayongo said total revenue for 2015 was $5.5 million, with $2.6 million coming from about 200,000 in paid admissions, events and retail, and $2.9 million received as donations and gifts. The center had about $3 million in expenses for that period, and spent an additional $1.95 million to repay half of a $3 million working capital loan, the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Archibong, an ardent supporter of diversity and inclusion, said this week that the center is a treasure that must be supported.

Archibong has authored and co-sponsored several pieces of legislation that encourage inspires matters of acceptance and tolerance including legislation to commemorate the Civil War Sesquicentennial initiative, “From Civil War to Civil Rights.

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Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong introduced Ordinance for Public Art in Kirkwood

Atlanta Journal Constitution

By: Leslie Johnson

The Kirkwood mural, “Kirkwood Hive,” by artist Allen Peterson is shown as a rendering. Courtesy Atlanta councilwoman Natalyn Archibong’s office.

The Kirkwood mural, “Kirkwood Hive,” by artist Allen Peterson is shown as a rendering. Courtesy Atlanta councilwoman Natalyn Archibong’s office.

The Atlanta City Council recently approved the authorization of public art in the Kirkwood and Edgewood neighborhoods. Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong introduced the ordinances, which were adopted at the Jan. 3 meeting.

Both art installations will be murals, and their completion will be contingent upon the schedule of the artists and the weather.

The name of the Kirkwood artwork, by artist Allen Peterson, is “Kirkwood Hive” and will be located on the east wall of the MARTA underpass at the corner of Rocky Ford and College Avenue. The mural for Edgewood, at 1209 Memorial Dr. S.E. by artist Chris Veal, is called “Reflections.”

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Councilwoman Archibong Named Most Progressive Legislator on City Council

Atlanta Progressive News

By: Matthew Charles Cardinale

(APN) ATLANTA — As 2016 winds down and the City of Atlanta’s 2017 Municipal Election cycle picks up, Atlanta Progressive News is releasing its Atlanta City Councilmember Scorecard.

APN’s Scorecard is one of the most comprehensive, substantive, and transparent scorecards of the Atlanta City Council.  The Scorecard is available as a public Google Spreadsheet:

APN has been issuing this Scorecard since 2009.  The Scorecard contains sixty specific votes taken by the Full Council dating back to 2003, in which Atlanta Progressive News has taken a position for or against each legislative item or motion.

Once again, Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong (District 5) is the most progressive legislator on the City Council, with a score of 86 out of 100.

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Atlanta Progressive News Score Card Break Down

Councilwoman Archibong Successfully Revives the Atlanta Youth Commission

Atlanta InTown

The Atlanta City Council has unanimously passed an ordinance co-sponsored by Councilmembers Natalyn Archibong, Andre Dickens and CT Martin approving $52,000 in funding to revive and support the Atlanta Youth Commission. The commission addresses issues regarding policy and legislation that impacts young people. After working to get a functioning board that meets regularly, the Atlanta Youth Commission is again meeting to serve the future of the city. "The Atlanta Youth Commission provides our youth with a forum to advance their ideas as to how they can shape our city," said Dickens. "Providing them with the needed funding will help advance their ability to engage more young leaders to make our city even greater."