Advocacy

27 Nov
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American Booksellers for Free Expression Introduces “Counterspeak” Podcast

“Free speech is under attack from all sides,” said ABFE’s Dave Grogan. “Our podcast, we hope, will be a welcome space for open dialogue and discussion.”

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21 Nov
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Amazon E-mail Tells Small Businesses It Helps Them “Thrive”

“Amazon’s claim that it helps small business is not only insulting to hard-working owners of small retailers across the country, the data clearly show that it is simply not true,” said ABA CEO Oren Teicher.

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20 Nov

Novel Books Owner Advocates for Local Infrastructure and Planning Improvements

The city of Clarksburg, Maryland, recently broke ground on Phase 1 of a sewer extension project in its historic district after 15 years of advocacy efforts on the part of Novel Books’ Patrick Darby.

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20 Nov

Firestorm Books & Coffee Appeals City’s Attempt to Shut Down Syringe Exchange Program

“Since launching our co-op in 2008, we’ve never had the city investigate the content of our community calendar,” said Firestorm’s Libertie Valance. “‘Discriminatory’ is the only way to describe the city’s actions.”

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19 Nov
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Three Lives & Company Owner Toby Cox on Amazon’s New York City Headquarters Plan

“Rather than consider changing his first name to ‘Amazon’ to get their headquarters, perhaps Governor Cuomo would think of changing his name to McNulty’s Tea or Katz’s Delicatessen to celebrate local and vibrant businesses,” writes Cox.

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14 Nov
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ABA Responds to News of Amazon HQ2

In strongly worded letters to the governors of New York and Virginia, ABA protested “providing massive subsidies of public funds and tax incentives” to one of the world’s largest corporations.

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07 Nov

Resources Available to Support Booksellers’ Advocacy Efforts

The Local Policy Action Toolkit offers independent business owners and retailers tools to advocate for local policies that support local economies. 

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07 Nov

Cellar Door Books’ Drag Queen Story Hour Met With Anti-LGBTQ Protester

These events “are critical opportunities to celebrate our common humanity, erasing fear and hatred — and we must continue them no matter who tries to shout us down,” said Cellar Door’s Linda Sherman-Nurick.

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07 Nov
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Free Speech Still a Thing at Indie Bookstores

“Every day my e-mail inbox is filled to the brim with stories on attempts to censor,” writes ABFE Director David Grogan, but “independent bookstores remain a bastion of free expression and diversity.”

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06 Nov

Amazon Holds Advanced HQ2 Talks With Crystal City, New York City, and Dallas

The company’s request for proposals, which kicked off the search for a second location last year, led to a bidding war among 238 cities and regions, though the proposals have largely been kept under wraps.

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30 Oct
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Small Business Majority to Host Webinar Series on Healthcare Law

The webinar series, “What the Healthcare Law Means for Your Small Business,” will provide an overview of both federal and state provisions that affect small businesses.

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24 Oct
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ABA Advocacy Staff Visit Washington, D.C.

Dave Grogan and Maria Peroni met with free expression organizations and discussed antitrust enforcement and the implementation of economic nexus laws with key legislators.

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24 Oct

eBay Sues Amazon for Poaching Sellers

According to eBay’s lawsuit, Amazon has been using eBay’s messaging service to recruit sellers for its own third-party marketplace platform.

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16 Oct
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ABA Submits Comments to FTC on Amazon’s Predatory Practices

ABA’s comments explore how Amazon has exploited its dual roles as both a marketplace platform and a retailer to inhibit competition.

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16 Oct

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Introduces Legislation to Hold Largest Corporations Accountable

Warren takes issue with “shareholder value maximization,” in which a company’s primary goal is to increase the wealth of its shareholders. 

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