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Dear Friends and Readers,

Despite the challenging state of affairs in 2020, it has been a productive year for ILSR and our work fighting corporate control and building local power across the economy.

We couldn’t have imagined that we’d be on the front lines helping cities and states, community leaders, and independent business owners respond to a global pandemic and a catastrophic failure of federal leadership. The events of this year have laid bare the profound inequities in our country and the need for deep structural change.

You can help us fight for this change by contributing today.


The pandemic’s impact on America’s small businesses has been especially devastating. Nearly 100,000 small, independent businesses have already closed their doors permanently, with Black-owned businesses taking the biggest hit. As of early November, small business revenue was down a stunning 31 percent from January.  

We’re inspired by the many communities that are responding to this crisis and rethinking long-held policies that favor big corporations at the expense of small and local businesses. Our efforts in building local power and forging community-driven solutions continues to be an important pathway towards real democracy and economic justice.
  • We’ve played a key role in pushing a U.S. House antitrust investigation forward by supplying key research on Amazon that was cited in the House committee’s final report.
  • We’ve continued to help lead the Athena Coalition, a broad and powerful network of economic and racial justice groups working to break up and rein in the power of Amazon.
  • We’ve been a go-to source for communities and local governments, providing strategies and policy models so they can help independent businesses weather the crisis.
  • We've helped shape public thinking and debate with interviews and articles in the New York Times, Washington Post, PBS’s Frontline, and more.
  • We’ve developed an agenda for the new Administration and Congress focused on helping small businesses survive, and on fixing the larger structural policy problems that have long put small businesses at a competitive disadvantage.  
Please consider making a tax-deductible gift today to sustain our work. We look forward to the coming year as we grow our staff, deepen our impact, and continue to fight against monopolies and their negative impacts on the independent business sector and our communities, economy, and democracy.

Thanks for your support in helping ILSR build local power and create equitable and sustainable communities!

The Independent Business Team
Stacy, Ron, Kennedy, Mary, Jordan, Shaoul, and Sue

From informing policymakers to shaping media coverage, ILSR's research is
making an impact. Please help us work to create an economy that's more
competitive, equitable, and prosperous by making a donation today.

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