Upcoming SELC Events

Be part of the movement for more just and resilient economies!Find SELC's events below!

We're always cooking up pay-it-forward legal advice, action-oriented workshops, and happy hours with engaging conversations on how to build just and resilient local economies. Don't miss out! Please, share with your friends or network when an event might benefit others!

You can view all SELC events below or in our public google calendar here (you can even sync SELC's google calendar to yours so you never miss out on building the legal roots of resilience)!

  • Monday, August 03, 2015 at 05:00 PM · 5 rsvps
    Impact Hub Oakland in Oakland, CA

    Legal Cafe at Impact Hub Oakland

    Legal advice for just and resilient local economies. The Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) provides direct legal support to individuals and groups who are working to create new solutions for resilient local economies.  The Resilient Communities Legal Cafe is a first-come, first-serve, donation-based legal advice clinic, providing a collaborative space for community building and connecting.

    Impact HUB Oakland: Impact Hub Oakland is equal parts inspiring shared working space, entrepreneurial incubator and a membership-based community of socially engaged people, co-working and co-learning. Located in the heart of one of the coolest cities in the United States (move over Brooklyn), we cultivate, support and connect purpose-driven people as they pioneer solutions for a sustainable and equitable world.SELC is immensely grateful to Impact HUB Oakland for hosting SELC and the Resilient Communities Legal Cafe. Impact Hub Oakland is equal parts inspiring shared working space, entrepreneurial incubator, and a membership-based community of socially engaged people, co-working and co-learning. Impact HUB Oakland cultivates, supports, and connects purpose-driven people as they pioneer solutions for a sustainable and equitable world.

    For more information about the Legal Cafe, including the areas of law we specialize in, our upcoming teach-ins, and more, please visit www.theselc.org/cafe.

  • Monday, August 03, 2015 at 06:00 PM · 31 rsvps
    Impact HUB Oakland in Oakland, CA

    Starting Your Own Solar Cooperative!

    Co-ops are often a great approach for developing community-based renewable energy projects because they can be structured to provide benefits to individuals, businesses, or communities. They allow citizens to band together to purchase biodiesel at a lower price, for example, or provide solar installers with the opportunity to own a stake in a solar company.Have you been trying to install solar panels on your roof or in your community, but are facing technical or financial barriers? Join SELC at the Impact HUB Oakland on August 3rd where we will be hosting a teach-in on “Starting Your Own Solar Cooperative!” Learn from the Energy Solidarity Cooperative and Community Power Network on how to create energy resilience within your community by implementing neighborhood solar cooperatives.Energy Solidarity Cooperative! By going solar as a group, each participant saves on the cost of their system and gets support from their peers as they go through the process.

    Community Power NetworkThe teach-in will walk you through the process of creating a solar cooperative with technical expertise from successful solar cooperatives and solar cooperative incubators. This workshop will assist specifically with project workflow, how to leverage non-extractive lender financing with other community financing, and will also address the benefits in workforce development and community empowerment of the solar cooperative model. We will host a group discussion on the barriers and solutions to bring solar to your community. Come get your questions answered and meet others who want to get on board with solar cooperatives!

    Carolyn YvellezFacilitating the teach-in is Carolyn Yvellez, a 2015 Summer Cooperatives Program Intern at SELC and an undergraduate studying at University of Notre Dame. Currently the sustainability coordinator at Notre Dame, she is promoting Notre Dame's divestment from fossil fuel and carbon producing investments, installing solar panels on campus buildings, and advocating to replace a fast food chain on campus with a cooperative or other social-enterprise that provides healthy, locally-sourced food to the ND community.

  • Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 06:00 PM
    The Blueprint in Oakland, CA

    The Blueprint Legal Cafe

    IMG_3423-e1426226533345.jpgThe Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) provides direct legal support to individuals and groups who are working to create new solutions for resilient local economies.  The Resilient Communities Legal Cafe is a first-come, first-serve, donation-based legal advice clinic, providing a collaborative space for community building and connecting.

    BP_logo_V1_200.pngSELC is grateful to The Blueprint for hosting SELC and the Resilient Communities Legal Cafe. The Blueprint is a collectively-run creative space that exists to strengthen social connection, and increase creative, personal and professional potential.

    For more information about the Legal Cafe, including the areas of law we specialize in, our upcoming teach-ins, and more, please visit www.theselc.org/cafe.

     

  • Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 07:00 PM · 6 rsvps
    The Blueprint in Oakland, CA

    Chartering Your Own Credit Union

    Did you know credit unions are actually financial cooperatives, owned by the members who have accounts? Under-served communities, often communities of color, are in dire need of funding and development, but, all too often, people from these communities are unable to access funds necessary for this work. Cooperation is a time-tested development strategy. Through cooperative banking, under-served communities can receive vital services while keeping banking institutions accountable through the democratic process.

    Panelist information coming soon!

    Cooperative Financial Credit Unions are the BOMB

    This teach-in will focus on the process interested communities members must go through in order to create a credit union. We will focus on the difference between state and federal credit unions and the process of individuals starting a credit union serving minorities. 

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    The teach-in be will facilitated by Greg Jackson, a SELC Cooperatives Program Intern and 2L at Golden Gate University Law School. He has worked with community based organizations across the East Bay to increase opportunities for the creation of youth led cooperative enterprises and is leading research on creating a Marcora (Italian) inspired law for California that would enable individuals to band together and pool their unemployment insurance to start a cooperative business or buy out the business from their employer who is looking to retire.

  • Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 05:00 PM
    Alchemy Collective Cafe in Berkeley, CA

    Alchemy Legal Cafe


    Alchemy_Legal_Cafe_Jill_Allison_-1.jpgThe Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) provides direct legal support to individuals and groups who are working to create new solutions for resilient local economies.  The Resilient Communities Legal Cafe is a first-come, first-serve, donation-based legal advice clinic, providing a collaborative space for community building and connecting.

    Alchemy! They're amazing.

    SELC is immensely grateful to Alchemy Collective Cafe, a worker-owned business, who host our Legal Cafes at NO CHARGE to SELC!

    For more information about the Legal Cafe, including the areas of law we specialize in, our upcoming teach-ins, and more, please visit www.theselc.org/cafe.

     

  • Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 06:00 PM · 4 rsvps
    Comal in Berkeley, CA

    SELC Members & Volunteers Happy Hour

    Shayna is makin waves for cooperatives!

    SELC has been blessed over the years with amazing interns, volunteers, and a community of members supporting our work. Like the old saying goes, "If I can't dance, it's not my revolution!" That's why we're dancing our way over to Berkeley on August 25th to celebrate our amazing community of members and volunteers!Jassmin is building cooperative power across California! 

    If your are or have been an intern or volunteer for SELC, have a drink, chips, and guacamole on us! Join us for a celebration of community resilience at Comal in downtown Berkeley. Come out to meet staff, SELC members, and fellow volunteers to swap stories of resilient communities!

    You'll find us on the back patio with brightly colored table cloths.

    Cyndi is building cooperative power across continents!Greg is building cooperative power in his hometown, #Oakland!Carolyn is building renewable energy futures across the midwest!

  • Tuesday, September 08, 2015 at 05:00 PM · 47 rsvps
    Oakland City Hall in Oakland, CA

    Oakland City Worker Coop Resolution

    Ain't no city like Oakland City cause Oakland city don't stop! Support worker cooperatives by joining us at Oakland City Council September 8th for the passage of a city resolution promoting worker coops!Join SELC, the Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives, the Democracy at Work Institute, Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives, and more as we celebrate the passage of Oakland City Council's "Resolution Supporting the Development of Worker Cooperatives in Oakland!" 

    This is the first step in showing Oakland's City Council that our communities demand economic development that empowers and creates resilient communities! 

    SELC has been creating a city ordinance for the promotion of worker cooperatives. Oakland's council won't fund policies prioritizing cooperative development unless they see community support. Help the Bay Area build on the momentum that is sweeping the country as New York, NY, Austin, TX, Minneapolis, MN, Rochester, NY and other city governments prioritize the development of inclusive, humane, and cooperative economies.

    We done it before. We do it again! Pushing policies that promote worker cooperatives!

    RSVP below! 

    Please note, if the resolution passes, we'll be convening after for a short celebratory photo on the City Hall steps and drinks near Frank H. Ogawa Plaza! 

  • Wednesday, September 09, 2015 at 06:00 PM · 1 rsvp
    The Blueprint in Oakland, CA

    The Blueprint Legal Cafe

    IMG_3423-e1426226533345.jpgThe Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) provides direct legal support to individuals and groups who are working to create new solutions for resilient local economies.  The Resilient Communities Legal Cafe is a first-come, first-serve, donation-based legal advice clinic, providing a collaborative space for community building and connecting.

    BP_logo_V1_200.pngSELC is grateful to The Blueprint for hosting SELC and the Resilient Communities Legal Cafe. The Blueprint is a collectively-run creative space that exists to strengthen social connection, and increase creative, personal and professional potential.

    For more information about the Legal Cafe, including the areas of law we specialize in, our upcoming teach-ins, and more, please visit www.theselc.org/cafe.

  • Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 05:00 PM
    Alchemy Collective Cafe in Berkeley, CA

    Alchemy Legal Cafe

    Alchemy_Legal_Cafe_Jill_Allison_-1.jpgThe Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) provides direct legal support to individuals and groups who are working to create new solutions for resilient local economies.  The Resilient Communities Legal Cafe is a first-come, first-serve, donation-based legal advice clinic, providing a collaborative space for community building and connecting.

    Alchemy! They're amazing.

    SELC is immensely grateful to Alchemy Collective Cafe, a worker-owned business, who host our Legal Cafes at NO CHARGE to SELC!

    For more information about the Legal Cafe, including the areas of law we specialize in, our upcoming teach-ins, and more, please visit www.theselc.org/cafe.

     

  • Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 06:00 PM · 2 rsvps
    Alchemy Collective Cafe, 1741 Alcatraz Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94703, United States

    Food Bikes

    What’s a food bike you ask? It’s a low-footprint, low-capital alternative to a food truck. If you’ve ever traveled around Asia or Latin America, you know that most “street food” is peddled by cart or bicycle as opposed to food trucks. Some examples of local food businesses getting around the East Bay by bicycle include Bicycle Coffee, El Taco Bike, and Curbside Creamery (left to right, below).

     

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    Mobile food and “pop-ups” are becoming increasingly attractive avenues for many food entrepreneurs, especially in the Bay Area. There are lower startup costs (and usually lower risk) than a brick and mortar business. Additionally, in recent years, there has been an explosion in the amount of outdoor community events, markets, and private pop-up events that are taking place and offer venues for selling food.

     

    However, there are some legal constraints to food bikes - both in terms of state-level health and safety laws and in terms of local zoning laws. At this teach-in Berkeley Food Institute Summer Fellow John Romankiewicz will talk about some of the allowances and limitations of food bikes under existing law with a real live demonstration bicycle. We'll also discuss some public policy ideas that John and SELC Policy Director Christina Oatfield have been discussing on this topic. We'd love your input!