Big box stores took land use in the United States by storm, leading to a negative impact on the physical environment and financial stability of a community. Join us this month to learn about the origins of big box stores and lessons form Stacy Mitchell to turn the tide towards independent retail.

Guest Speakers

Stacy Mitchell is co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and directs its Independent Business Initiative, which produces research and analysis, and partners with a broad range of allies to design and implement policies to reverse corporate concentration and strengthen local enterprise. In 2020, Stacy was profiled in the New York Times for her analysis of Amazon’s power and her leadership in building a broad coalition to challenge it. She’s written several influential reports and articles about the corporation, including a 2018 cover feature for The Nation, “Amazon Doesn’t Just Want to Dominate the Market—It Wants to Become the Market,” which was described as an “essential piece of journalism” by Zephyr Teachout. Her in-depth report, “Amazon’s Stranglehold,” co-authored with Olivia LaVecchia, has drawn wide praise for illuminating the nature of the company‘s power and the scope of its impact.