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In Governing: An Opportunity for Long-Term, Equitable Local Economic Vitality

Date: 28 Jul 2021 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Small businesses need affordable commercial space more than ever. Federal stimulus funds offer the chance for local governments to help fill that need. Read Kennedy Smith’s piece in Governing, with Ryan Coonerty, about this new opportunity for cities and towns to foster a built environment that supports local economies. … Read More

Biden’s Executive Order Takes Aim at Monopoly Power on Behalf of Small Businesses, Farmers, and Workers

Date: 26 Jul 2021 | posted in: agriculture, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

President Biden signed a sweeping Executive Order aimed at undoing concentrated corporate control and ending decades of consolidation throughout our economy. See our writeup on the details of this historic move. … Read More

Congressional Testimony: How Concentrated Corporate Power Undermines Shared Prosperity

Date: 14 Jul 2021 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

ILSR Co-Director Stacy Mitchell testified before the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee on Wednesday, July 14th. She spoke about how the U.S. has abandoned its antimonopoly policies, which has undermined independent businesses and the vital role they play in our economy and democracy.… Read More

Statement: Biden Repudiates Decades of Pro-Monopoly Policies and Takes a Major Step Toward Restoring Fair Markets for Small Businesses, Farmers, and Workers

Date: 9 Jul 2021 | posted in: Press Release, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In today’s speech and executive order, President Biden forcefully rebuked the destructive antitrust framework that has allowed monopoly power to grow unchecked for more than 40 years. The order includes more than 70 specific provisions, many of which reflect ILSR’s long-standing work and priorities. It marks a major turning point. … Read More

In The Washington Post: How Washington Got Back Into Trustbusting

Date: 25 Jun 2021 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

We are at a pivotal moment in the antimonopoly movement. Lina Khan was recently named FTC chair and a Congressional committee is sending to the House floor six antitrust bills that strike at the heart of Big Tech’s predatory power. After decades of a misguided approach to antitrust policy, Washington has a new antimonopoly fervor, writes Senior Researcher Ron Knox in The Washington Post.… Read More

Statement on the House Judiciary Committee’s Vote Approving Legislation to Break Up and Rein In Big Tech

Date: 24 Jun 2021 | posted in: Press Release, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

“There’s no doubt in my mind that American democracy will ultimately prevail over the outsized power of Big Tech,” said ILSR Co-Director Stacy Mitchell. “Today’s bipartisan vote was a clear sign of the gathering momentum to break up Amazon and the other tech giants.”… Read More

In The New York Times: How a Labor & Small Business Alliance Could Rebuild the Middle Class

Date: 18 Jun 2021 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Labor and small business were once natural allies in a New Deal coalition that backed muscular policies to limit corporate power and build a thriving middle class. A growing antimonopoly movement is rekindling this alliance, writes Stacy Mitchell in The New York Times.… Read More

Sen. Klobuchar Calls for Breakups in Town Hall Co-Hosted by Small Business Rising

Date: 17 Jun 2021 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

“Unless you force some divestiture of assets, [monopolies are] going to just keep going the way they are… Yes, breakup[s have] to be on the table when it comes to these companies,” Senator Klobuchar at a town hall event co-hosted by Small Business Rising. She was responding to a question posed by an independent bookstore owner in Minneapolis.… Read More

Fact Sheet: How Amazon Exploits and Undermines Small Businesses, and Why Breaking It Up Would Revive American Entrepreneurship

Date: 16 Jun 2021 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In splashy campaigns and lobbying at the Capitol, Amazon claims that it has “a mutually beneficial relationship” with the small businesses that depend on its platform. This fact sheet tells the real story, and explains what Congress needs to do. … Read More

Statement: New Federal Legislation to Rein in Big Tech is a Major Step Forward

Date: 11 Jun 2021 | posted in: Press Release, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Read ILSR Co-Director Stacy Mitchell’s statement in response to today’s release of legislation by the House Judiciary Committee designed to address the outsized power and destructive harms of Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook.… Read More

Centering Racial Justice in the Antimonopoly Fight — Episode 128 of Building Local Power

Date: 10 Jun 2021 | posted in: Building Local Power, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Host Jess Del Fiacco and ILSR Co-Director Stacy Mitchell are joined by Solana Rice and Jeremie Greer of Liberation in a Generation. They discuss their recent publication Anti-Monopoly Activism: Reclaiming Power through Racial Justice, which argues for organizers of color to be centered in the anti-monopoly movement. … Read More

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