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Stacy Mitchell Talks Living Wage & Walmart on Al Jazeera English

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placeholderILSR’s Stacy Mitchell joined 4 other guests on The Stream, broadcast on Al Jazeera English’s global television news network, for a lively half-hour discussion of Washington D.C.’s big-box living wage bill.

Show description: How is it possible to work full time but live in poverty? That’s the reality for millions of US workers whose paycheck fails to cover the basics – food, housing, transport. So are low-wage jobs simply too low? Some say yes and argue billion dollar corporations should be legally required to pay a living wage. But what is a living wage and is it fair to hold some businesses to a higher standard?

In this episode of The Stream, we speak to Daniel Bier (@AporeticDan), Executive Editor, Skeptical Libertarian; Antony Davies (@antonydavies), Associate Professor of Economics, Duquesne University; Stacy Mitchell (@stacyfmitchell), Senior Researcher, Institute for Local Self-Reliance; Martin Rafanan (@mjr9201), Community organiser, #STL735; and Dorian Warren (@dorianwarren), Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.

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About Stacy Mitchell

Stacy Mitchell is co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and directs its Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, which produces research and analysis, and partners with a range of allies to design and implement policies that curb economic consolidation and strengthen community-rooted enterprise.  She is the author of Big-Box Swindle and also produces a popular monthly newsletter, the Hometown Advantage Bulletin.  Connect with her on twitter and catch her TEDx Talk: Why We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Better Economy. More

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