Advocacy

13 Jul

The Democratic Party Platform and Small Businesses

This past weekend, the Democratic Party finalized a national platform that promises to tackle antitrust violations, increase the federal minimum wage, and pursue single-payer healthcare.

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06 Jul

Bookstores to Host Banned Books Week Events on Same Night

Bookstores in seven cities will hold events on the same night during this year’s celebration of Banned Books Week (September 25–October 1) to highlight challenges to books written by authors of diverse backgrounds.

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06 Jul

Minimum Wage Roundup

In the news this week, advocates called for Minneapolis to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, and an increase to $15 per hour by 2020 was signed into law in Washington, D.C.

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06 Jul

Tennessee Looks to Adopt New Nexus Rule for Remote Sales

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is urging the state’s Department of Revenue to adopt a rule that would let the state collect sales tax from online companies that sell more than $500,000 annually in the state.

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29 Jun

ABFE Defends Investigative Reporting

Booksellers have joined publishers, authors, and librarians in urging a federal appeals court to invalidate an Idaho law that would suppress undercover investigations of animal abuse and other illegal conduct at public or private agricultural facilities.

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21 Jun

Bookseller Feedback Wanted on Antitrust Action Kit

ABA is seeking feedback from booksellers who have used the Antitrust Action Kit to urge state or federal officials to investigate Amazon for antitrust violations.

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21 Jun

Rhode Island Governor Vetoes “Revenge Porn” Bill as Threat to Free Speech

Citing concerns about free speech, Rhode Island Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has vetoed a bill that would have made booksellers, newspapers, and other media criminally liable for the distribution of nude images without the affirmative consent of the people pictured.

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17 Jun

American Booksellers, Publishers, and Librarians Praise Hong Kong Bookseller

ABA, AAP, and ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom have praised a Hong Kong bookseller for revealing details of his illegal imprisonment by Chinese authorities and for refusing to identify customers in China who purchased books critical of Chinese officials.

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14 Jun

Author “Disinvited” by Vermont Elementary School

A speaking appearance by author Kate Messner was cancelled by a Vermont elementary school on June 6 because school officials feared that discussion of her new book, which includes a character who is a heroin addict, might anger parents.

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13 Jun

Booksellers Urged to Use Antitrust Action Kit to Contact Lawmakers

Booksellers who haven’t already adapted the Antitrust Action Kit’s easy-to-use templates to ask lawmakers to investigate Amazon’s business model for antitrust violations are encouraged to do so now.

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07 Jun

Minimum Wage Roundup

Despite protests from business groups, in Washington, D.C., the mayor's minimum wage increase proposal moved forward; in Cleveland, the mayor and city council president urged defeat of a city-only $15 per hour minimum wage.

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01 Jun

Rhett Jackson, the Happy Bookseller

ABFE Director Chris Finan looks back at the life of Rhett Jackson, a much-honored Southern gentleman who confounded people's expectations and always stood up for civil rights and First Amendment issues.

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01 Jun

ABFE Supports Doctor Sued for Criticizing “Quack Clinic”

ABFE has joined the Association of American Publishers and other groups in filing a friend of the court brief in a lawsuit that could have a potentially crippling effect on the public debate of important subjects.

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31 May

Minimum Wage Roundup

Here’s a look at some of this week’s minimum wage stories making the news in California, New Jersey, and Vermont.

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24 May

New Overtime Rule Prompts Protests From Business Groups

A new rule from the Department of Labor that automatically extends overtime pay protections to more than four million workers within the first year of its implementation was opposed by various business groups, including the National Retail Federation.

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