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20 Feb

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

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

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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16 Jan

ABA Asks New York City Council to Include Indie Businesses in Upcoming Amazon HQ2 Hearing

ABA’s letter expresses disappointment that the city’s independent retailers have been excluded from an upcoming Finance Committee hearing on New York’s deal with Amazon.

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09 Jan

Booksellers Urged to Submit Comments on Amazon HQ2 Deal to New York City Council

The City Council’s Finance Committee will hold a hearing titled “Does the Amazon Deal Deliver for New York City Residents?” on Wednesday, January 30.

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09 Jan

Visa and Mastercard Settle Swipe Fee Class-Action Lawsuit

Booksellers may be included in a recent settlement in which the companies have agreed to pay between $5.54 billion and $6.24 billion to a class of more than 12 million retailers.

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09 Jan

NCAC’s Chris Finan, Media Coalition’s David Horowitz Discuss Free Speech on “Counterspeak”

A new episode of Counterspeak, the monthly podcast from the American Booksellers for Free Expression, was released last week. 

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02 Jan

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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19 Dec

New York City Council Holds Hearing to Discuss Amazon Deal

The level of public subsidies offered by New York City and New York State to Amazon has raised questions and concerns among some elected officials and city residents.

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12 Dec

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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05 Dec

Independent Businesses Request Meetings With Governors in Response to Amazon’s HQ2

On behalf of more than 80 independent businesses in New York and Virginia, ABA sent letters to Governors Andrew Cuomo and Ralph Northam opposing the massive subsidies the states have offered Amazon.

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04 Dec

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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04 Dec

Reports Indicate Possible Ingram Purchase of Baker & Taylor

Book trade publications have reported that Ingram Content Group has made “a tentative offer” to buy the retail wholesaling operations of Baker & Taylor. 

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28 Nov

Announcement of Amazon’s HQ2 Locations Met With Criticism

Backlash to Amazon’s plan to establish headquarters in neighborhoods in New York and Virginia is coming from politicians and members of the affected communities, including booksellers.

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