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The Key to Stopping Amazon? Think Like a Citizen

Date: 7 May 2021 | posted in: agriculture, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Stacy Mitchell joined Baratunde Thurston on his “How to Citizen with Baratunde” podcast to talk about how she became an antimonopolist, as well as America’s longer history fighting monopoly power: “From the beginning, there was this understanding that you had to deal with private power if you wanted to have a democracy.”… Read More

Senate Testimony: Concentration is at the Root of Rural Distress

Date: 27 Apr 2021 | posted in: Banking, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs invited Co-Director Stacy Mitchell to testify at its April 20th hearing on the state of the rural economy. Stacy spoke on why rural America is in crisis and attributed the widening gap between struggling rural towns and coastal supercities to the concentration of corporate and financial power.… Read More

Small Businesses Rise Up

Date: 20 Apr 2021 | posted in: agriculture, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Together with more than 20 independent business organizations representing over 60,000 independent businesses across the country, we have officially launched Small Business Rising. It is a coalition of business owners and entrepreneurs from all corners of the country united around a common goal: breaking up monopoly power to safeguard the right of small businesses to compete and serve the needs of their communities.… Read More

ILSR and Small Business Rising Members Urge Senate to Confirm Lina Khan

Date: 15 Apr 2021 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

ILSR and Small Business Rising coalition members, representing over 130,000 businesses across the country, submitted letters to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation supporting Lina Khan’s nomination to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Both letters urge Chair Cantwell and Ranking Member Wicker to lead the members of the committee in a swift confirmation process. … Read More

Keeping NYC Land Out of Corporate Hands — Episode 118 of Building Local Power

Date: 21 Mar 2021 | posted in: Building Local Power, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Host Jess Del Fiacco and ILSR Co-Director Stacy Mitchell are joined by Brad Lander, who represents Brooklyn’s 39th District on the New York City Council. Brad shares his perspective on how the pandemic has affected NYC neighborhoods. … Read More

In Wired: Big Music Needs to Be Broken Up to Save the Industry

Date: 16 Mar 2021 | posted in: agriculture, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Ron Knox explains how consolidation in the music industry, like the pandemic, has been disastrous for artists. The monopolization of three chokepoints in the distribution of music — record labels, streaming, and live venues — is making it impossible for the broad “middle class” of artists to reach listeners.… Read More

Is Amazon Picking Winners and Losers Among America’s Cities? — Episode 121 of Building Local Power

Date: 4 Mar 2021 | posted in: Building Local Power, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Host Jess Del Fiacco and ILSR Co-Director Stacy Mitchell are joined by award-winning journalist Alec MacGillis to discuss his new book, Fulfillment. Their conversation focuses on how the shift toward online shopping — led by Amazon — has reshaped America. … Read More

Our Antimonopoly Town Hall Draws Nearly 400 Small Businesses

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

Nearly 400 people tuned into our lively town hall on February 22nd, which detailed how Amazon’s growing dominance hurts independent businesses and what Congress must do to curb monopoly power. The event featured Congressman David Cicilline, along with leading antitrust experts and small business advocates. … Read More

In The Washington Post: Small Pharmacies Beat Big Chains at Delivering Vaccines. Don’t Look So Shocked

Date: 5 Feb 2021 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the Washington Post, Stacy Mitchell explains why we shouldn’t be surprised that West Virginia and North Dakota’s independent pharmacies are beating the chains in vaccine distribution. The small pharmacies have proved remarkably nimble, while CVS and Walgreens have stumbled. … Read More

Small Business Action: Personnel Appointments are Pivotal to Antitrust Enforcement

Date: 3 Feb 2021 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Fifteen independent business associations, representing over 60,000 independent businesses across the country, have submitted a letter to President Biden urging him to appoint personnel who are committed to restoring competition, ensuring small businesses have a fair shot, and willing to use the full extent of their legal authority granted by Congress.… Read More

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