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20 Feb
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Amazon Abandons Plans for Long Island City Headquarters

The incentives package offered by New York City and State to Amazon had been met with significant community resistance, including from independent businesses, unions, and residents. 

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12 Feb
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New Episode of “Counterspeak” Features Activist Maggie Mayhem

Mayhem, an advocate for sex workers’ rights and harm reduction, joined ABFE to talk about how well-intentioned laws can impact free speech rights.

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30 Jan
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Greenlight Bookstore Responds to Proposed Paid Vacation Legislation With Public Letter

Owners Rebecca Fitting and Jessica Stockton Bagnulo asked the City Council to consider taking actions in support of the city’s small businesses as it addresses paid vacation legislation.

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16 Jan
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ABA Asks New York City Council to Include Indie Businesses in Upcoming Amazon HQ2 Hearing

ABA’s letter expresses disappointment that the city’s independent retailers have been excluded from an upcoming Finance Committee hearing on New York’s deal with Amazon.

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09 Jan
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Visa and Mastercard Settle Swipe Fee Class-Action Lawsuit

Booksellers may be included in a recent settlement in which the companies have agreed to pay between $5.54 billion and $6.24 billion to a class of more than 12 million retailers.

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09 Jan

NCAC’s Chris Finan, Media Coalition’s David Horowitz Discuss Free Speech on “Counterspeak”

A new episode of Counterspeak, the monthly podcast from the American Booksellers for Free Expression, was released last week. 

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09 Jan

Booksellers Urged to Submit Comments on Amazon HQ2 Deal to New York City Council

The City Council’s Finance Committee will hold a hearing titled “Does the Amazon Deal Deliver for New York City Residents?” on Wednesday, January 30.

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02 Jan
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New Episode of “Counterspeak” Features NCAC’s Chris Finan, Media Coalition’s David Horowitz

A new episode of Counterspeak, the monthly podcast of the American Booksellers for Free Expression, will be available for download on BookWeb, Spotify, and iTunes this Thursday, January 3.

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19 Dec
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New York City Council Holds Hearing to Discuss Amazon Deal

The level of public subsidies offered by New York City and New York State to Amazon has raised questions and concerns among some elected officials and city residents.

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12 Dec
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Future of Speech Online Symposium Addresses “Understanding Our Online Communities”

Discussions centered around online communities, which in some cases bring people together and help forge new connections, while in others drive polarization, spread disinformation, or coordinate harassment.

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