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Our Focus

Building Local Power

We provide community members with the research and advocacy tools they need to reclaim power over local decision making and hold corporations and government accountable.

Fighting Corporate Control

We show how public policy currently favors bigness and perpetuates inequality, identifying, developing, and promoting policies at the local, state, and federal levels that help build healthy, sustainable communities.

Nurturing the Movement Ecosystem

With our coalition partners and allies, we conduct research, run trainings, produce podcasts, and create popular education tools that support local campaigns and projects.

Featured Topics

Each of our initiatives have identified critical issues that unlock our ability to drive change towards vibrant, equitable, and sustainable communities. From reducing the power and influence of corporate giants to closing the digital divide to promoting distributed infrastructure, the topics we've organized our work around show what local self-reliance means in practice.
Amazon
Miami, Florida August 17,2019 multiple blue Amzon prime trailers backed into bays at a distribution center to unload products for area customers.… Read More

Amazon

For more than a decade, we’ve been producing ground-breaking research on Amazon’s monopoly power and calling for it to be broken up.
Dollar Stores
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Dollar Stores

These stores are not merely a symptom of economic distress; they’re a cause of it. Learn how your community can stop dollar stores and join us in calling for federal action to rein in their predatory tactics.
Big-Tech
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Big-Tech

Big-Tech monopolies pose threats to local communities and democracy by controlling information flow, stifling competition, and wielding immense influence over politics and societal discourse, undermining democratic principles and local autonomy.
Antimonopoly
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Antimonopoly

Monopolies stifle competition, limit consumer choice, and concentrate wealth, undermining local economies and communities. They hinder innovation, raise prices, and reduce economic opportunities, leading to dependency and inequality.
Digital Divide
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Digital Divide

Closing the digital divide is crucial for equitable access to information, education, and economic opportunities, ensuring that all individuals have the tools and resources to thrive in the digital age.
Zero Waste
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Zero Waste

By minimizing waste generation, reusing materials, and recycling, it mitigates pollution, preserves ecosystems, and strengthens social bonds, promoting a more sustainable and equitable future.
Youth employees process food scraps at BK ROT, an NYC community composter. Photo credit: ILSR.

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The need to decentralize economic power and reinvigorate democracy is stronger than ever. Join us today. With your support, ILSR can continue working to build an American economy driven by local priorities and accountable to people and the planet.

 

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