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Closer Look: Julian Bond; March For Science; And More

Feb 16, 2017
Associated Press

Thursday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

Atlanta City Council

Atlanta City Councilman Michael Julian Bond is responding to allegations that he failed to report campaign contributions and expenses.

The Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission said that between 2009 and 2015, Bond improperly used campaign funds 30 times and failed to disclose campaign contributions and expenditures 252 times.  

“I think it's a very big deal,” said Stefan Ritter, the head of the commission. “What we see here are truly egregious violations.”


Predatory. Punitive. Profit-driven.


That is how Atlanta residents described Park Atlanta at a town hall meeting with City Council members Wednesday night.


The city is contemplating parting ways with Park Atlanta, the private company that manages paid street parking.


Atlanta City Council Member Felicia Moore explained how the contract came to be:

GSU Law Professor, Tanya Washington, center, speaks against the installation of a retention pond in the Peoplestown community at a protest on the steps of City Hall in Atlanta, Ga., on Sept., 21, 2015. Washington lives in one of the affected homes.
Tasnim Shamma / WABE

An Atlanta City councilman wants to put on hold plans to build a stormwater retention pond and park in the Peoplestown neighborhood.

The Department of Watershed Management has been looking to demolish about 30 homes to build the stormwater retention pond to alleviate flooding in the area.  

Councilman Michael Julian Bond said he didn’t want to be morbid, but one option was to put the project on hold.

 This July 8, 2007 file photo shows NAACP Chairman Julian Bond addressing the civil rights organization's annual convention in Detroit.
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The list of major events in the life of civil rights leader and activist Julian Bond is a long one.

Bond was the co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He was a member of the Georgia General Assembly, the first African-American to be nominated for a major party vice presidential candidacy and chairman of the NAACP ─ and that's just for starters. 

Bond, 75, died over the weekend in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. He is survived by his wife, Pamela Horowitz, and five children, one of which includes Atlanta Councilman Michael Julian Bond.