Stacy Mitchell

Stacy Mitchell is a senior researcher with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, which challenges the wisdom of economic consolidation and works to advance policies that build strong local economies. Stacy directs initiatives on community banking and independent retail. She is the author of Big-Box Swindle and produces a popular monthly bulletin called the Hometown Advantage.

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President Obama addressed the crowd from inside a Walmart in Mountain View, Caliornia on Friday. (Photo: AP) Views
Friday, May 9, 2014 - 3:00pm
Walmart is the Last Place Obama Should Have Made a Clean Energy Speech
Today President Obama spoke about clean energy and energy efficiency at a Walmart in Mountain View, Calif. Of all the places he might give a big speech on energy, a Walmart supercenter is a baffling and disconcerting choice. Walmart -- despite its skill in attracting publicity like this -- is a...
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Monday, July 2, 2012 - 1:01pm
Wal-Mart: 50 Years of Gutting America's Middle Class
Sam Walton opened the first Walmart store in Rogers, Arkansas, 50 years ago this month. Sprawled along a major thoroughfare outside the city's downtown, that inaugural store embodied many of the hallmarks that have since come to define the Walmart way of doing business.
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Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 11:15am
In South Africa, Wal-Mart Refuses to Buy Local, Threatens WTO Action, and Wins
Two things seem particularly noteworthy about the approval Wal-Mart won yesterday to acquire Massmart, a Johannesburg-based chain that operates across 13 African countries. One is that, despite the ample publicity Wal-Mart has engineered for its "buy local" efforts , the company in fact has zero interest in cultivating local suppliers beyond stocking a few token local veggies suitable for a nice photo-op.
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Friday, December 17, 2010 - 8:47am
Seeding Small Business: 5 Ideas from Detroit
A couple of weeks ago I was invited to spend a day in Detroit meeting with local entrepreneurs and sharing ideas for spurring small business development.
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Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 10:23am
Will the Real Voice of Small Business Please Stand Up?
By the time the polls close, the U. S. Chamber of Commerce will have spent an estimated $75 million on television ads and other "voter education" efforts aimed at defeating Democrats and giving Republicans control of the House and Senate. It's a record-setting expenditure: more than double what the Chamber spent in 2008 and more than any non-candidate has ever spent on an election.
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Monday, July 19, 2010 - 12:19pm
Taking Financial Reform into Our Own Hands
With the passage of the financial reform bill, giant banks see a golden opportunity to finally put the financial crisis, along with their culpability for wrecking our economy, in the rearview mirror.
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Sunday, May 2, 2010 - 11:36am
A New Deal for Local Economies
Let me begin by sharing some good news. Scattered here and there, in my country and in yours, the seeds of a new, more local, and more durable economy are taking root.
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Monday, April 19, 2010 - 3:54pm
Bank Local: Indie Businesses Embrace Move Your Money
Across the country, independent business groups that have been urging people to "buy local" are now making "bank local" an increasingly prominent part of their message, bringing new grassroots visibility and organizational infrastructure to the Move Your Money movement.
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Saturday, July 19, 2008 - 3:21pm
Wal-Mart: Low Prices, but at What Cost?
Katherine Kersten tries to represent Wal-Mart as a hero of working families. But what Wal-Mart has saved poor and middle-income Americans -- and there's reason to doubt the depth and durability of the discounts Kersten cites -- it has taken that and more from them in diminished job opportunities and reduced income. It's not just Wal-Mart. Rather, it's the economic model that Wal-Mart perfected and that others, including Home Depot and Target, also follow.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2007 - 4:05pm
You'd Better (Not) Shop Around
Whether to patronize locally owned stores or chains is not at the top of the mind for many holiday shoppers. But it should be. It's a choice that has profound implications for our economy and for our communities.
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