Centering Organizers of Color in Anti-Monopoly Advocacy and Activism

For Immediate Release:
March 16, 2021

Contact:
Kendra Bozarth, kendra@liberationinageneration.org
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Centering Organizers of Color in Anti-Monopoly Advocacy and Activism
New report pushes the anti-monopoly movement to champion antiracist activism

Today, Liberation in a Generation released a new report that highlights the need for organizers of color to join and lead anti-monopoly efforts. The report,  Anti-Monopoly Activism: Reclaiming Power through Racial Justice, is intended to be a primer for grassroots leaders to explicitly connect corporate concentration to racial (in)justice in America.

As the US endures the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and recession, corporate concentration has seen an unprecedented rise. Those who promote excessive and unrestrained racial capitalism have allowed economic and political power to be consolidated into the hands of the wealthy, predominantly white few. This has built, by design, an economy that hinders opportunities for workers, consumers, and communities in ways that are especially harmful to people of color and that threaten our democracy. 

“Across the progressive movement, academics and policymakers have held command of policy ideation and implementation. This is true in almost every field, including housing, banking, and the economy,” said Jeremie Greer, co-founder and co-executive director of Liberation in a Generation (LibGen). “The anti-monopoly movement must center organizers of color as the most powerful adversary against corporate concentration because they are the experts on its damage.”

“Confronting monopoly power means enacting meaningful, structural change,” said Solana Rice, co-founder and co-executive director of LibGen. “Grassroots leaders of color demand nothing less, and we need to accelerate their potential and their power. As national campaigns like a Homes Guarantee show us, building power from the ground up is how we secure real progress toward economic liberation.”

“There’s currently a vacuum of research on the impact of corporate monopolies on communities of color in America. That’s not because we’re not disproportionately impacted, it’s because we’re largely left out of the conversation,” said Dorian Warren, co-chair of Economic Security Project, which supports LibGen’s anti-monopoly work through the Anti-Monopoly Fund. “We hope this primer will help anti-monopoly advocates and racial justice organizers see the value in working together to tackle one of our country’s largest systemic problems, so that we can make sure our anti-monopoly policies take racial injustices into account.” 

Monopoly power thrives in what Liberation Generation calls an Oppression Economy. An anti-monopoly movement with organizers of color at the helm can help to reclaim government, implement bold policies, and advance racial justice. “In the end, it’s past time to follow grassroots leaders of color in securing a more inclusive, equitable economy—and in delivering liberation for us all,” said Greer.

About Liberation in a Generation

Liberation in a Generation is a national movement-support organization, working to build the power of people of color to totally transform the economy—who controls it, how it works, and most importantly, for whom. It brings together economists, advocates, community organizers, and other proven and emerging leaders of color across the country to build a Liberation Economy, within one generation.