The Resilient Communities Legal Cafe provides direct legal support to individuals and groups who are working to create new solutions for resilient local economies in Oakland, Berkeley, and beyond! The Legal Cafe will run every week at different locations in the East Bay between February and August 2013.
The Cafe series is a joint effort of SELC and the Green-Collar Communities Clinic (a project of the East Bay Community Law Center). Come, ask us your questions, and join others from your neighborhood who are taking their livelihoods, communities, and economies back!
No appointments necessary! The Resilient Communities Legal Cafe is a first-come, first-serve Legal Advice session. You might be asked to wait, but have no fear! There are always snacks, drinks, collaboration with others, and the Resilient Communities Legal Library available. Feel free to come anytime during the Cafe hours to receive your legal advice.
FREE LEGAL ADVICE! Well, sort of… We have partnered with two community currency organizations to strengthen complimentary currencies in the Bay Area. The Bay Area Community Exchange, or BACE, Timebank is like a local community bank, but they keep track of time. For every hour you spend doing something for someone in your community, you earn one hour of use to have someone do something for you. It is an alternative way to give and receive resources. It’s that simple. Participants of SELC’s Legal Cafe can “Pay-it-forward” by signing up to BACE and crediting SELC the time that we provided you at the Legal Cafe!
SCHEDULE AND LOCATIONS:
- 1st Thursday of Each Month (4:30-7:30 p.m.) @ Liberating Ourselves Locally Makerspace - 1234 23rd Ave, Oakland 94606
- 3rd Wednesday of Each Month (4:30-7:30 p.m.) @ the Crossroads Cafe - 942 Stanford Ave., Oakland 94608
- 4th Tuesday of Each Month (6:00-8:30 p.m.) @ the HUB in the David Brower Center – 2150 Allston Way, Suite 400, Berkeley 94704
Questions about the Resilient Communities Legal Cafe? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’ve attended our Resilient Communities Legal Cafe after asking an attorney how much they would charge for the same legal advice, then you know how much you’re saving! Please help SELC continue the Resilient Communities Legal Cafe and give a few dollars here. Thanks!
Why The Resilient Communities Legal Cafe?
SELC believes that because our current economic systems prioritize corporate profits over community resilience, they destroy opportunities for satisfying and sustainable work, damage the environment that sustains us, and unravel our sense of connection to one another. That’s why SELC is committed to providing reliable, affordable, and accessible legal information and advice to the people who are creating alternative economic systems. Through this work, we can help form the enterprises and entrepreneurs that will ring in the new economy.
About the Program
Those who want to create alternative economic structures have difficulty finding affordable and competent legal assistance because there are so few attorneys specialized in the legal needs of the sharing economy. Communities with high rates of unemployment and poverty will find the hurdles to launching new enterprises especially insurmountable. The Resilient Communities Legal Cafe will give direct legal assistance to the residents of East Oakland, and at the same time create the reproducible model and resources to support similar programs around the country.
The Resilient Communities Legal Cafe will provide events, workshops, legal advice clinics, and legal services supporting the creation of, for example:
Some of the Services
Weekly walk-in clinics. SELC is holding a weekly legal advice clinic at a soon to be announced cafe or community center.
One-time consultations. Resilient Communities Legal Cafe participants have the opportunity to receive one-time advice sessions with an attorney either at a low fee or without charge for low-income individuals.
Workshops. Between February and August, SELC will hold at least three community legal workshops on topics like “Legal Tools for the Sharing Economy,” “Legal Workshops for Community Food Enterprise,” and “How to Start a Worker-Owned Enterprise.” Stay tuned for event times and locations.
Community discussions. At least three guest lectures and discussions will help expand understanding of the sharing economy and cooperative enterprise.
Written resources. We’ve developed a series of legal handbooks and information sheets for clients to use and share with others.