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Senate Testimony: Concentration is at the Root of Rural Distress

APRIL 20, 2021

On April 20th, Stacy Mitchell testified before the Senate on the dismal state of rural economies. Her testimony explained that concentration of corporate power is wiping out the independent businesses, farms, and well-paying jobs that are the foundation of rural economies. Financial consolidation furthers this dynamic by starving rural entrepreneurs of capital, while providing ample backing to predatory and extractive corporations. Watch clips or read her testimony.

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“But They Make It So Easy”: How to Citizen with Baratunde

MAY 3, 2021

Stacy Mitchell joined Baratunde Thurston on his How to Citizen with Baratunde podcast. She told her own story about becoming an antimonopolist, as well as America’s longer history fighting monopoly power. “From the beginning, there was this understanding that you had to deal with private power if you wanted to have a democracy.”

Stacy also counseled Baratunde on his Amazon use and talked with him about why its outsized power is so threatening to our economy, communities, and democracy.  
Listen to the full podcast here.

ON THE PODCAST

On Building Local Power, host Jess Del Fiacco was joined by Mary Timmel, ILSR’s Small Business Organizer, along with Danny Caine, owner of The Raven Book Store, and Natasha Amott, owner of Whisk, a kitchenwares store. Caine and Amott are among hundreds of business owners who have joined Small Business Rising and are calling on Congress to reign in monopoly power.
Listen to the episode here. 

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO

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Together with two dozen independent business organizations, we launched Small Business Rising, a coalition united around a common goal: breaking up monopoly power to safeguard the right of small businesses to compete and serve their communities. Join us! 

NEWS STORIES WE'RE FOLLOWING

  • Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook and antimonopolist, charts the demise of free-market ideology. “Markets don’t exist before the state, and the state doesn’t intervene in their natural work. The state makes markets possible.”

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