ILSR’s 2022 Annual Report

Date: 8 Dec 2022 | posted in: Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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2022 presented a multitude of indications that, after 40 years, the pro-bigness, neoliberal framework is losing its grip on U.S. policy and thinking, as elected officials, advocates, and individuals like you are seeking out ways to build stronger, more equitable, and more sustainable communities.

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance has worked hard to advance new state and federal policy, demand aggressive action by federal agencies, and continue developing the research and intellectual frameworks to support antimonopoly thinking and solutions at the local level.

We are incredibly proud of ILSR’s accomplishments over the last year and thrilled with the collaborations we’ve had with so many diverse partners. Our 2022 annual report highlights the work we’ve done this year, including on-the-ground technical assistance, in-depth research and analysis, and coalition building with grassroots organizations, to empower local communities and help instill racial and economic justice throughout our economy. In hundreds of media stories covering our work, ILSR is influencing and expanding public understanding of monopoly problems across the economy and building support for taking action to counter it.

In all of this work, ILSR is better positioned than ever to support our growing small business, labor, and farmer alliances that are key to enacting real checks on corporate power and critical for creating durable racial and economic equity across America.


Nearly every day we hear from local leaders and advocates who rely on our resources and expertise to make change in their communities. We couldn’t do it without your support. Donations from individuals are an important and unique source of revenue that gives us the ability to be creative in meeting the ever-growing need for solutions. 

Please consider making a tax-deductible gift today to sustain our work and support the movement for healthy, equitable, and self-reliant communities. We look forward to making an even greater impact in the coming year.


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Special Additions

Our annual report was bursting at the seams this year–we had so much to share! But rather than add more pages and more reading for you, we decided to add some video features to underscore the progress we’ve made in 2022 and set the stage for what’s to come in 2023. We hope you enjoy these conversations with the initiative directors, Building Local Power hosts, and the powerful clip of FTC Commissioner Alvaro Bedoya speaking at the Midwest Forum on Fair Markets that we co-hosted in September of this year.

Five of ILSR’s directors—Brenda Platt, Reggie Rucker, Christopher Mitchell, John Farrell, and Stacy Mitchell—gather to share the stories and accomplishments that defined ILSR’s work in 2022.


Building Local Power co-hosts Reggie Rucker and Luke Gannon exchange stories on the achievements, insights, and evolution of the podcast in 2022. They also give a sneak peek into a new seasonal format to be debuted in 2023.


Alvaro Bedoya, the newest commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission, keynotes the Midwest Forum on Fair Markets, an event co-hosted by ILSR and Open Markets Institute in September 2022. Bedoya’s speech, on a “return to fairness” in antitrust enforcement, is set to go down in history as a pivotal moment in the fight against unchecked corporate concentration in the U.S.

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John Bailey is ILSR's Development Director.  He was also a senior researcher at ILSR from 1992 until 2011, specializing in decentralized energy policy and analysis.

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