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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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17 Jul
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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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19 Jun
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Trump Administration Releases Rules on Association Health Plans

The U.S. Department of Labor has released the final rule that will expand access to association health plans (AHPs). AHPs would allow small businesses to band together through a trade association to purchase health insurance across state lines.

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05 Jun

B&N’s Len Riggio at BookExpo: The More Bookstores the Better

In his talk, Riggio discussed his early days in bookselling, the growth of Barnes & Noble, and his take on the current state of the bookselling industry. 

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14 May
ABFE Free Speech Report

ABFE Free Speech Report

“Every day, attempts to hinder or to outright ban our right to free expression continue at an alarming pace in this country and around the globe. And in many ways, it is a death by a thousand paper cuts,” writes ABFE Director David Grogan.

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18 Apr
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Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Sales Tax Fairness Case

South Dakota v. Wayfair, Overstock, and Newegg addresses online retailers’ obligation to collect and remit sales tax and what constitutes a business’ physical presence in a state.

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14 Mar
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California’s Private Sector Retirement Plan About to Become a Reality

Employers with five or more employees that don’t already provide a retirement plan will be required to offer a retirement plan of their choosing or provide employees access to the state-run program.

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14 Feb

ABFE Urges State Department to Step Up Efforts to Free Chinese Bookseller

The American Booksellers for Free Expression asked the U.S. State Department to “redouble its efforts” on behalf of publisher/bookseller Gui Minhai, who has again been detained by Chinese authorities.

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13 Feb
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ABFE Free Speech Report

Over the past month, the American Booksellers for Free Expression has been busy working with free speech groups to oppose a number of attempts by schools or courts to censor books and to limit free speech.

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07 Feb

Chinese Authorities Confirm the Arrest of Bookseller Gui Minhai

On Tuesday, February 6, the Chinese government confirmed that it had arrested Gui Minhai, a Chinese-born Swedish national and bookseller associated with Mighty Current publishing house.

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