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)!

  • Tuesday, February 09, 2016 at 07:00 PM · 11 rsvps
    Berkeley City Hall in Berkeley, CA

    Berkeley City Worker Coop Resolution 2.0

    Berkeley!We're doing it! Again!

    Join SELC, the Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives, the Democracy at Work Institute, Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives, and more as we advocate for the passage of the Berkeley City Council Resolution "Supporting Worker Cooperatives" and calling for the creation of a City ordinance that promotes the development of worker coops! This may sound familiar to an earlier call to action to support a Berkeley resolution... which is because it was on the city council's consent calendar in December! But, one council member had "concerns", pushing it 2016. 

    This is the next step in showing Berkeley's City Council that our communities demand economic development that empowers and creates resilient communities! Click here for more information on Berkeley City Council's agenda for the evening of December 15th, including the resolution Supporting Worker Cooperatives by Councilmember Arreguin.

    SELC has been creating a city ordinance for the promotion of worker cooperativesBerkeley'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, Oakland, CA and other city governments prioritize the development of inclusive, humane, and cooperative economies!

    RSVP BELOW

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

    What to expect: The City Council meeting begins at 7:00pm, but our item is 27th on the agenda for the evening, which means we don't know when the item will come up in the evening. UGH! The Resolution is on the "Action Calendar," which means that up to 10 people wishing to speak in support of the resolution may speak for two minutes. Also, speakers are permitted to yield their time to one other speaker! The agenda is here.

    What you can do: 

    1. Send a letter of support to the city council! Find the template here for download that you can easily personalize and send to the email address at the top of the letter.
      • Please do this by Monday, February 8th, if possible!
    2. Come to the meeting! (RSVP BELOW!)
    3. Speak for two minutes at the meeting about why you support the resolution (The resolution language can be seen here)
      • Please let Sara Stephens (sara@theselc.org) know if you're willing to speak so she can coordinate! It would be especially powerful to have Berkeley coop members share about your experience working in a coop and why you support this resolution.
    4. If you don't want to speak, you can stand next to a speaker to show your support
    5. Bring signs in support (signs WITHOUT posts are allowed)
    6. Forward this email to anyone else who would be willing to write a letter and/or come to the council meeting, or who would just be interested to know this is happening!
  • Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 05:00 PM · 8 rsvps

    Mandela MarketPlace Legal Cafe

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    SELC is partnering with Mandela MarketPlace to host a pop-up cafe that focuses on food enterprises

    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.

    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, February 17, 2016 at 06:00 PM · 2 rsvps
    The Blueprint in Oakland, CA

    The Blueprint Legal Cafe

    11745708_1633615230214272_5461259630391135567_n.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, February 23, 2016 at 05:00 PM · 3 rsvps
    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, February 23, 2016 at 06:00 PM · $5.00 USD · 7 rsvps
    Alchemy Collective Cafe in Berkeley, CA

    Demystifying HR in Worker Coops

    Sharing Resources & Best Practices

    And coop governance goes a little sumthin like this. Hit it!

    Please join us for a discussion and Q&A with leaders and worker-owners from Bay Area worker cooperatives! Let’s talk about what goes into building a successful worker coop!

    This event is intended for current worker owners, entrepreneurs looking to start a worker cooperative, or business owners interested in converting their own business to a worker coop! We'll be sharing resources, lessons learned, and getting into the nitty gritty of how to create a healthy, sustainable worker coop business. Topics we'll cover include recruiting, interviewing & training new members, approaches to cooperative management, handling human resources in cooperatives, and more!

    About the Presenters

    Maddy!

    Madeleine Van Engel is a former worker owner at the Valencia Arizmendi Panadería & Pizzeria in San Francisco, a founding member of Strength in Numbers Bookkeeping Collective, and a staff member of the Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives. The Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives is itself a cooperative made up of seven member businesses that share a common mission, ongoing accounting, legal, educational and other support services. 

    Darren! Darren Mozenter is a worker-owner at the Lakeshore Arizmendi Bakery in Oakland. At Arizmendi Bakery on Lakeshore, Darren and his fellow worker-owners offer the community artisan breads, morning pastries and gourmet pizza, prepared and brought fresh from their ovens daily.
    Biofuel Oasis! Jennifer Radtke is a worker-owner at Biofuel Oasis in Berkeley, a worker cooperative founded in 2003 to provide greater access to biodiesel, a renewable fuel that reduces harmful tailpipe emissions. Their values include sustainability, local production, and community and they specialize in local, recycled biodiesel made in a 200 mile radius of their station.
    EB is the best! Elizabeth Burnett is a staff attorney at the Sustainable Economies Law Center and specialized in employment law and HR related legal issues. Elizabeth will be on hand to answer any legal questions that come during the Q&A session.

    The Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives (NoBAWC) is a   grassroots organization of democratic workplaces dedicated to building workplace   democracy in the SF Bay Area and beyond.

    The Worker Coop Academy entrepreneurship bootcamp for worker-owned businesses!

    This event is brought to in collaboration with NoBAWC, the Worker Coop Academy, and SELC. The Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives is a grassroots organization of democratic workplaces dedicated to building workplace democracy in the SF Bay Area and beyond. For more information, please visit www.nobawc.org. The Worker Coop Academy is the SF Bay Area’s entrepreneurship bootcamp for worker-owned businesses! For more information please visit theselc.org/wca.

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    $5-15 Donation Requested

    If you are unable to give financially or would like to donate in person at the event, please RSVP to ricardo@theselc.org! No one turned away for lack of funds!

  • Monday, February 29, 2016 at 06:00 PM · 3 rsvps
    Drake's Dealership in Oakland, CA

    Members & Volunteers Happy Hour

    Drakes! It's right behind Impact HUB Oakland!Calling all SELC volunteers, Community Members, and Sustainers! Come celebrate the building of community resilience with SELC staff and cultivate connections at our upcoming happy hour! 

    Every few months, we hold a special happy hour specifically for SELC's volunteers, Community Members, and Sustainers. This is our way of building community and staying in touch with those that give their labor or financial support to further the creation of just and resilient economies. If you are or have been a volunteer or intern at SELC, please come and say hello! If you're a SELC Community Member or Sustainer, please come by so we can thank you in person! Interested in becoming a Community Member or Sustainer? Please find more info here!

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    SELC's happy hours are a great place not only to connect with our staff, learn about the latest and greatest SELC happenings, and get a better understanding of our work supporting grassroots economic empowerment, but also a place to meet the movers and shakers building a more humane economy across the Bay! 

    Please join SELC for our Volunteers, Members & Sustainers Happy Hour, an informal networking event with drinks, snacks, and stories of cultivating community resilience at Drake's (just a short walk from the 19th BART station)!

  • Monday, March 07, 2016 at 05:00 PM · 2 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.

  • Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 05:30 PM · $35.00 USD · 4 rsvps

    Create Your Own Nonprofit: A Legal Workshop

       
       

    SELC_PrimaryLogo_colour_RGB(for_screen).jpgA step-by-step workshop on getting your nonprofit legal paperwork in order, and in reviewing ongoing legal requirements for nonprofits. 

    This workshop is for:

    • people who want to start a nonprofit
    • people in the middle of the process of incorporating their nonprofit
    • people who have completed the process of forming a nonprofit and want to continue to work on their nonprofit formation documents, and review future legal requirements

    The workshop will include:

    • Going through all legal documents that need to be developed (Template documents provided)
    • Individual assistance to write and edit your legal documents

    • Review of ongoing legal requirements (990s, etc.)

    • Pizza

    The workshop is capped to 8 nonprofit signups (individual or groups up to 3 people) so all participants can receive hands-on support. 


    About the Presenter

    cameron.jpgCameron Holland specializes in tax, corporate, and regulatory law as applicable to nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations. She regularly represents public charities, schools, churches, private foundations, business leagues, and social welfare organizations on a variety of issues, including formation, governance, tax compliance, contracts, employment, international activities, and corporate changes. The Law Office of Cameron Holland offers comprehensive legal services for small to medium-sized nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations at every stage of development.

    $35 Registration Fee

  • Tuesday, March 22, 2016 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.