On November 8th, 2016, 26 Colorado cities and counties joined 69 of their fellow communities in opting out of the restrictive, anti-municipal broadband state law, SB 152. For years, we at ILSR have been covering the developments in Colorado as voters reclaim local telecommunications authority. The media, both locally and nationally, took notice of our efforts.… Read More
Amazon, the rapidly expanding company founded by Jeff Bezos in 1995, is undermining competition and reshaping the U.S. economy in ways that curtail opportunities for small businesses, reduce jobs and wages, limit product diversity and the choices available to consumers, and harm the economic and fiscal underpinnings of communities, according to a new report released today by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR).
The report, Amazon’s Stranglehold: How the Company’s Tightening Grip is Stifling Competition, Eroding Jobs, and Threatening Communities, presents new data; draws on interviews with dozens of manufacturers, retailers, labor experts, and others; and synthesizes a broad body of previous reporting and scholarship. It’s available at https://ilsr.org/amazon-stranglehold.… Read More
Fawnia Soo Hoo, a reporter for lifestyle blog Refinery 29, reached out to Institute for Local Self-Reliance co-director and Composting for Community initiative director Brenda Platt to discuss the waste issues of the growing trend of facemasks.… Read More
In the wake of the Tuesday election, 26 separate Colorado communities voted to reclaim their local authority over broadband networks bringing the grand total of communities that have opted out of the restrictive 2005 law, SB152, to 95. Below you can watch the segment of the show regarding this vote, however, the entire show is available at the YouTube link below.… Read More
In February of 2016, First Lady Michelle Obama visited ILSR project manager Linda Bilsens’ backyard urban farm to demonstrate the benefit of growing and eating local. The home gardening magazine Clever Root details this visit and the prominence of the White House Kitchen Garden.… Read More