BTW Articles

08 Apr

Comedian John Oliver Joins Critics of Patriot Act

The June 1 deadline for reauthorizing the Patriot Act got a lot of attention last Sunday night when comedian John Oliver, the host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, extended his show to accommodate a 33-minute discussion of the law that included an interview with National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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02 Apr

Perks of Being a Wallflower Banned After Parent Complains

A complaint from a parent in Wallingford, Connecticut, has prompted the district’s superintendent of schools to remove Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower from the required reading list for high school freshmen.

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26 Mar

ABFE Joins Latest Appeal for Patriot Act Reform

On Wednesday, ABFE joined a letter signed by more than 40 civil liberties and human rights groups, trade associations, and major Internet and technology companies that urges President Obama and Congressional leaders to end the collection of the personal information of millions of Americans by the NSA.

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12 Mar

ABFE Speaks Out on Youth Symphony Censorship, Open Government

The American Booksellers for Free Expression  has joined a protest over an orchestra’s decision to cancel a performance of a piece that includes a very short excerpt from a Nazi anthem. In a separate issue, ABFE is urging President Obama to take important steps to give the public greater access to government information.

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19 Feb

ABFE Opposes Pennsylvania Ban on Speech by Criminals

The American Booksellers for Free Expression is supporting an effort to overturn a new Pennsylvania law that gives victims of violent crime the power to silence the speech of the criminals who hurt them.

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20 Jun

Time to Debate the Patriot Act

Chris Finan, president of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, discusses the debate on government surveillance and reformation of the Patriot Act –– especially as it pertains to booksellers.

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