Last month, ILSR Co-Director Stacy Mitchell testified before the U.S. Senate Banking Committee about how corporate concentration is contributing to the economic crisis in rural America. Stacy told the committee:
“[R]ural America is falling further and further behind. Good jobs are rare. Poverty is high. Grocery stores and banks are closing. Black and Native American communities have been especially hard hit. At the root of much of rural America’s distress is the concentration of economic and financial power.”
Her testimony struck a chord with Montana Senator Jon Tester, who evoked Stacy’s comments and passionately said:
“This is about rural America that’s been drying up for decades, and there’s been one person (in the hearing) who’s talked about what the real problem is, and it’s consolidation.”
Like Senator Tester, ILSR knows that we need to challenge the monopoly power and corporate consolidation that have left millions of people in rural America behind in nearly every economic and social measure.
We need your help to continue to do this work and strengthen communities throughout the country.