Patriot Act Petitions Needed by September 20

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The final days of the Campaign for Reader Privacy petition drive are drawing near. Participating booksellers should remember that in order for the signatures they have collected to be counted all signed petitions must be sent by September 20 to ABA, Restore Reader Privacy, Attn.: Oren Teicher, 828 S. Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591. Of course, until that time, ABA is urging booksellers to keep collecting signatures!

The petitions, calling on Congress to amend Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act and bearing thousands of signatures gathered at hundreds of bookstores and libraries across the country, will be presented to members of Congress by representatives from the campaign's four sponsoring organizations -- ABA, the American Library Association, Association of American Publishers, and PEN American Center -- on September 29, as part of Banned Books Week (September 25 - October 2) celebrations.

Booksellers can order additional petition pads by calling ABA's Information Department at (800) 637-0037, ext. 1292 or 1293, or for a downloadable PDF of the petition, click here.

For more about the Campaign for Reader Privacy, visit To learn more about Banned Books Week, order products, and download the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression Banned Books Week campaign plan, click here.