Free Expression

19 May

ABA Urges Calls to House on Patriot Act

ABA is urging booksellers to immediately contact members of the U.S. House of Representatives to oppose a bill that extends provisions of the USA Patriot Act for six years without restoring safeguards to protect the privacy of bookstore and library records.

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12 May

ABFFE to Benefit From Bestselling “Banned Book” Jewelry

ABFFE announced today that award-winning jewelry designer Carolyn Forsman, creator of the bestselling “I Read Banned Books” bracelets, has joined its affiliate program.

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04 May

A Q&A With Laurie Halse Anderson

Award-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson talks to ABFFE President Chris Finan about her role as chair of the ABC Children’s Group Silent Auction at BEA, the challenges to her books in schools and local libraries around the country, and the effects these have had on her, on kids, and on other writers.

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03 May

BEA Events Spotlight Free Speech Rights of Kids

Attacks on the free speech rights of children will be the focus of two events on Wednesday, May 25, at BEA. At the first, authors Laurie Halse Anderson and Robie Harris will join librarian Pat Scales for “Book Banning 2011: A Report From the Front Lines of the Battle for Free Speech,” moderated by Joan Bertin of the National Coalition Against Censorship.

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26 Apr

Auction of One-of-a-Kind Artwork to Benefit ABFFE

All BEA attendees are invited to the ABC Children’s Group Silent Auction and Reception to benefit the new ABFFE Fund for Free Speech in Children’s Books. Tickets for the May 25th evening event are on sale now.

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21 Apr

ABA Board Encourages Booksellers to Resume Patriot Act Fight

The ABA Board of Directors has sent a special appeal to their fellow booksellers to resume the 10-year-old battle to restore the safeguards for reader privacy that were eliminated by the USA Patriot Act.

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13 Apr

Hawaii Bill Holding Publishers Liable for Tourist Injuries Dies in Committee

Hawaii House Bill 548 died in the state’s Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor this week, following months of opposition by Media Coalition, whose members include ABFFE and AAP.

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12 Apr

Massachusetts Legislation Removes Restrictions on Internet Content

On Monday, April 11, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed legislation addressing constitutional flaws in a statute that was challenged by a coalition including Harvard Book Store, Porter Square Books, ABFFE, and others.

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17 Mar

BTW News Briefs

Eisenberg wins Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction; Voting opens for Children’s Choice Book Awards; Algonquin Book Club to host author webcast from bookstore; Finalists named for the Lammys and Triangle awards; Banned books return to shelves in Tunisia and Egypt

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15 Mar

Reader Privacy Bill Moves Forward in Senate

The fight to restore safeguards for reader privacy that were eliminated by the USA Patriot Act took an important step forward last week.

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09 Mar

ABFFE Protests Islamic “Radicalization” Hearings

The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression has joined with more than 40 free speech, civil liberties, and civil rights groups in a protest against plans by the House Homeland Security Committee to investigate the threat of Islamic “radicalization” in the U.S.

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28 Feb

Media Coalition Urges Hawaii Legislature to Protect Rights of Authors and Publishers

Media Coalition is calling on Hawaii’s House Judiciary Committee to respect the First Amendment rights of authors and publishers of visitor guidebooks and websites.

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16 Feb

House Vote on Reader Privacy Amendment Thursday

On Thursday, February 17, House members from both parties will try to add an amendment to an appropriations bill that would restore the safeguards for bookstore and library records that were eliminated by the Patriot Act.

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10 Feb

Privacy Case Related to North Carolina Sales Tax Fairness Fight Settled

The North Carolina Department of Revenue has reached a settlement in the legal fight regarding the state’s request for sales data from in its efforts to recoup an estimated $50 million in lost tax revenue for online purchases.

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02 Feb

Bookstores Sought to Host Media Lawyers, Reporters for Free Speech Talks

ABFFE is co-sponsoring a new program that will bring media lawyers and reporters to bookstores around the country to discuss important free speech issues, including censorship, source confidentiality, and the impact of the Internet on press freedom.

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