Advocacy

28 Aug
The Regulator Bookshop

The Regulator Bookshop Defaced With White Supremacist Graffiti

Co-owner Elliot Berger said he believed the store was targeted due to its reputation as a communist bookstore, despite the fact that it sells books from various viewpoints.

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21 Aug

Banned Books Week Kits Arrive in Bookstores

Indie booksellers that ordered a Banned Books Week promotion kit from the American Booksellers Association will receive their kits in the August Red Box, on its way to stores now.

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21 Aug

Trump Campaign Demands that Simon & Schuster Cease and Desist

A letter from President Trump’s legal counsel claims that Omarosa Manigault Newman’s Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House contains “confidential information and disparaging statements.”

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14 Aug
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New Banned Books Week Resources Available

The Banned Books Week Coalition has created new resources to help booksellers promote this year’s annual celebration of the freedom to read, to be held September 23–29.

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08 Aug

Attorneys General File Suit to Challenge Association Health Plans

On August 2, attorneys general from 11 states and the District of Columbia filed suit against the Department of Labor, challenging the Trump administration’s new Association Health Plan rule.

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08 Aug

House Judiciary Committee Hearing Addresses Small Business Concerns Following Wayfair Decision

The hearing included remarks and testimony from retailers, advocates for tax reform and for small business, and legislators.

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08 Aug
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ABFE, Free Expression Organizations Condemn White House’s Attack on Press Freedom

The groups sent a letter to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders concerning reports that the White House had barred CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins from covering a press event on July 25.

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31 Jul
Gavel

What Does South Dakota v. Wayfair Mean for Retailers?

In June, the Supreme Court ruled that states can legally collect tax from remote retailers deemed to have “economic nexus.”

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24 Jul

ABA’s E-Fairness Timeline: A Long and Winding Road to Success

A new E-Fairness Timeline available on ABA’s Advocacy page shows the many ups and downs throughout the long fight to sales tax fairness in which independent booksellers played a leading role.

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24 Jul

ABFE Continues to Campaign for Chinese Bookseller’s Release

The American Booksellers for Free Expression (ABFE) has sent a letter to the Chinese Ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai, urging the Chinese government release Gui Minhai, a publisher and bookseller detained by Chinese authorities earlier this year.

 

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17 Jul
Local Policy Action Toolkit

Take Action: AIB Releases Local Policy Action Toolkit

The toolkit offers independent business owners and retailers tips for engaging with their city officials and advocating for policies that strengthen and grow local businesses.

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11 Jul

New Report Sheds Light on Amazon’s Contract to Supply Local Governments

A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance indicates that some government agencies and public schools that purchase from Amazon may be paying more than they should.

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10 Jul
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Start Planning for Banned Books Week 2018

The Banned Books Week Coalition is offering new tools and resources to help booksellers prepare for this year’s celebration of the freedom to read, to be held September 23–29. 

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27 Jun

Facebook’s New Political Ad Policy Ends Up Censoring Bookstore’s Author Event Ads

A Room of One’s Own Bookstore requested to boost Facebook posts to promote two author events only to find that they were rejected on the basis of what Facebook characterized as their “political nature.”

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27 Jun

New Law Frees Smaller Banks From Strict Federal Regulations

The bipartisan Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, signed into law last month, rolls back some of the strict regulations on banks established by the 2010 Dodd-Frank law.

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