Free Expression

04 Jan

ABA Condemns President Trump’s Demand to Halt Publication of Wolff Book

Lawyers for President Trump are demanding that publisher Henry Holt “cease and desist” from the publication of a new book by Michael Wolff about the president. The publisher has announced it will publish on January 5, and ABA CEO Oren Teicher has issued a statement calling the demand a “dangerous precedent” and strongly defending the publisher.

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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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Wi14 Education: Bookstores Launch the Open Discussion Project

“People want to have a chance to hear others explain their position and the chance to explain themselves to the people they disagree with,” said Chris Finan, executive director of the National Coalition Against Censorship. 

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16 Jan
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Independent Bookstores Pilot the New “Open Discussion Project”

The Open Discussion Project, which launched this month, aims to promote civil conversation among left- and right-leaning individuals through book clubs held at independent bookstores across the U.S.

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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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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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04 Dec
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ABFE Podcast “Counterspeak” Debuts December 6

The first full episode of Counterspeak, a new monthly podcast from the American Booksellers for Free Expression, will be available for download this Thursday, December 6. 

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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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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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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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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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03 Oct

Booksellers Celebrate Banned Books Week 2018

Store windows and booksellers’ social media pages were decked with displays promoting Banned Books Week.

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19 Sep

Get Ready for Banned Books Week 2018 With New Handbook

The new Celebrate Banned Books Week Handbook will help booksellers prepare for the weeklong celebration, which kicks off this Sunday, September 23.

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11 Sep

Register and Promote Your Banned Books Week Event

Booksellers can register planned Banned Books Week events and celebrations to appear on a map that will help readers find their local participating store.

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