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19 Mar
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Arlington County Approves Incentives for Amazon

At a March 16 public hearing, the Arlington County Board voted unanimously to approve $23 million in incentives for Amazon to establish its second corporate headquarters in the Virginia city.

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19 Mar

ABFE Presents March Episode of “Counterspeak”

This episode features an interview with Katherine Young, translator of Farewell, Aylis: A Non-Traditional Novel in Three Works by Akram Aylisli, which has been banned in Azerbaijan.

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12 Mar
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Governor Cuomo Asks Amazon to Return to New York

The governor’s letter followed Amazon’s February decision to cancel plans to establish one of its two new corporate headquarters in Queens, New York.

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12 Mar
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March “Counterspeak” Episode Features Translator Katherine Young

Since the publication of his novella “Stone Dreams,” author Akram Aylisli has been subjected to a harassment campaign and he remains under de facto house arrest in Azerbaijan.

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11 Mar

Save the Date: Children’s Book Art Silent Auction at BookExpo

Proceeds from the annual event, which auctions off art donated by children’s book illustrators, will benefit the American Booksellers for Free Expression and Every Child a Reader.

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06 Mar

Georgia, Arizona Legislatures Consider Economic Nexus and Marketplace Facilitator Laws

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2018 decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair means states can now legally require out-of-state sellers that conduct a significant amount of business in-state to collect and remit sales tax.

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06 Mar
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National Coalition Against Censorship Publishes “Defend LGBTQ Stories” Resource

The resource offers an overview of common arguments made by would-be censors and provides techniques for advocating for LGBTQ stories in local schools and communities.

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06 Mar
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New “Counterspeak” Episode Available Now

“On Author Akram Aylisli and Book Burning in Azerbaijan” features an interview with Katherine Young, translator of the banned book Farewell, Aylis: A Non-Traditional Novel in Three Works by Akram Aylisli.

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06 Mar

Advocates for Independent Business Submits Comments to FTC

Members of AIB voiced concern about the recently approved merger between office-supply chain Staples and the wholesale office supply company Essendant.

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27 Feb
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Special Edition Episode of “Counterspeak” Features the Open Discussion Project

The episode features audio from the American Booksellers Association’s Winter Institute education session “Bookstores Launch the Open Discussion Project.” 

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26 Feb
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ABFE Free Speech Report: Debate Over Who to Ban, and Not Over Ideas, Is a Bad Idea

“There is plenty of debate in this country. But all too often, on social media at least, it is over what speech is appropriate and not over what is actually being said,” writes ABFE Director David Grogan.

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20 Feb
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Amazon Abandons Plans for Long Island City Headquarters

The incentives package offered by New York City and State to Amazon had been met with significant community resistance, including from independent businesses, unions, and residents. 

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13 Feb

New Study Shows Full Cost of Explosive Amazon Growth on Communities Nationwide

Prime Numbers: Amazon and American Communities quantifies the stark economic cost exacted nationwide as a result of Amazon’s online retail sales. 

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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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Greenlight Bookstore Responds to Proposed Paid Vacation Legislation With Public Letter

Owners Rebecca Fitting and Jessica Stockton Bagnulo asked the City Council to consider taking actions in support of the city’s small businesses as it addresses paid vacation legislation.

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