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

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

Ron Knox’s Music-Monopoly Reporting is a Hit

Date: 24 May 2021 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Ron Knox’s groundbreaking Wired article — on monopoly power in the music industry — struck a chord. He’s talked to Sound & Vision, Sound Opinions, and Capitol Forum, to name a few audiences, about the monopolization of record labels, streaming services, and the live venues where artists perform. Consolidation benefits only the blockbuster musicians, leaving thousands of artists, and the independent businesses that support them, on the shelf.… 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

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

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

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