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Dear Friend, 

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.
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This is a crucial moment for antitrust nationally. After years of inaction, policy makers in both the House and Senate are beginning to shape legislation that could finally take action against unchecked monopolies. And the appointment of stalwart antitrust leaders like Lina Khan to the Federal Trade Commission is a signal that the Biden Administration is also willing to stand up to Big Tech and monopoly power.

We also want to make sure the voices of America’s small, independent businesses are heard in this debate. That’s why we helped spearhead Small Business Rising, a coalition of more than 20 independent business organizations representing over 150,000 businesses 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 their communities. We were pleased to see the launch of Small Business Rising featured in an exclusive Wall Street Journal article, and numerous other national media stories. 

As the fight to challenge corporate power and level the playing field gets underway for real, we need you now more than ever. Can you contribute $50 or $100 today or sign up to give $10 per month?  

Thank you for being our ally in this effort. Please continue to stay safe, and thank you for everything you’re doing at this important time.


John Bailey
Director of Development
Institute for Local Self-Reliance

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