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04 Dec
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New “Counterspeak” Episode Out Now

In this installment, author David Kirby talks about the status of free speech in America and about his book When They Come For You: How Police and Government Are Trampling Our Liberties — and How to Take Them Back.

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27 Nov
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Sign-up Underway for Winter Institute Antitrust Symposium in Washington, D.C.

A panel of speakers will look at the growing monopoly power in the retailing and tech sector, with a focus on the extraordinary market dominance of Amazon.

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26 Nov
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Congress Passes Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act

The passage of the act comes after months of protests in a pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong. President Trump has not confirmed whether he will sign the act.

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20 Nov

Committee on Small Business Holds Hearing With Big Tech

“The grip that Big Tech now holds over our daily lives and our competitive landscape at the same time is astounding but also concerning,” said hearing leader Chairwoman Nydia Velázquez.

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20 Nov
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ABFE Signs Letter in Opposition to PATRIOT Act Extension

Jake Laperruque of the Project on Government Oversight told Bookselling This Week, “Reforming the PATRIOT Act is a critical priority, and one that Congress cannot shrug off even in challenging times.”

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20 Nov

New “Counterspeak” Episode Out Now

In this episode, ABA Content Director Sydney Jarrard and Director of ABFE, Advocacy, and Public Policy Dave Grogan delve into the free speech positions of the top 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.

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19 Nov

ABA Board Urges State Attorneys General to Investigate Amazon

The Board has sent letters to the attorneys general of each state calling for an investigation into Amazon’s monopolistic and anticompetitive conduct. 

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19 Nov

American Conservative, American Prospect Hold Bipartisan Antitrust Event

Three of the main themes discussed were: the U.S. government has failed to address monopolies; simply fining companies for wrongdoings does not go far enough; and monopolies impact nearly every industry.

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19 Nov

December “Counterspeak” Episode to Feature Author David Kirby

When They Come for You: How Police and Government Are Trampling Our Liberties — and How to Take Them Back explores how federal, state, and local governments have violated Americans’ fundamental constitutional rights.

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13 Nov
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D.C. Council Holds Public Hearing on Small Business Financial Assistance

The D.C. Council’s Committee heard testimony from small business owners and small business advocates who spoke to issues including the rising cost of rent and property taxes, the lack of small commercial spaces available for small businesses, and consumers’ shift to large chain retailors and online shopping.

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06 Nov
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ABFE Responds to Trump Administration Warning to Hachette

"We firmly support Hachette in publishing A Warning, written by an anonymous senior official in the Trump administration. The right of someone to publish under a pseudonym or anonymously is crucial in any free and democratic society,” said David Grogan, director of the American Booksellers for Free Expression.

 
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05 Nov

Raven Book Store Owner Publishes “How to Resist Amazon and Why”

The 16-page zine features Caine’s October 2019 letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, a review of the case against Amazon, a compilation of Raven’s Twitter advocacy, and more.

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05 Nov

Ohio State Senate Holds Antitrust Hearings

The Ohio State Senate Judiciary Committee held two hearings in October to discuss updating the state’s antitrust law. The hearings featured prominent antitrust advocates and experts, including Barry Lynn of Open Markets Institute and David Chavern of News Media Alliance.

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31 Oct
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Sign Up for ABA’s Winter Institute Antitrust Symposium in Washington, D.C.

Registration for the Antitrust Symposium, to be held January 21, sold out within 24 hours; based on the high demand, ABA is growing the program so more booksellers can attend.

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29 Oct
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Introducing Molly Bond, ABA’s New Advocacy and Public Policy Coordinator

Said Bond, “Indie bookstores are so important to the American way of life. Indie bookstores create a sense of community in towns and cities in a way that large corporations cannot.”

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