Upcoming SELC Events

Be part of the movement for more just and resilient economies!Find Sustainable Economies Law Center'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 the Law Center's events below or in our public google calendar here (you can even sync our google calendar to yours so you never miss out on building the legal roots of resilience)!

  • Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 11:00 AM
    Online webinar

    Advocacy 101 for Nonprofits (Webinar)

    Turning Nonprofit Advocates into Transformative Policymakers

    Did you know that federal law allows 501(c)(3) public charities (including houses of worship and public foundations) to do generous amounts of lobbying? In fact, lobbying is not only legal – it’s one of the most effective means for nonprofits to advance their missions! Whether it's legalizing urban farming, establishing a public bank, or creating incentives for worker cooperatives, there are many reasons why 501(c)(3) public charities choose to lobby to achieve their policy goals. Join this webinar to learn what lobbying is and why it is so important.

    This training will address:

    • How tax law permits lobbying for nonprofits
    • Yearly lobbying limits for charities
    • One easy step most charities can take to maximize the amount they’re allowed to spend on lobbying
    • Tips for taking advantage of the narrow definitions of lobbying and making the most of your lobbying limit
    • The application of these rules to ballot measure activities
    • A brief overview of the rules for unions, professional associations (like the Chamber of Commerce), and political organizations.

    Details:

    Date: January 25, 2017

    Time: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm PST / 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm EST 

    Location: Online webinar - instructions for completing webinar registration will be emailed to people who RSVP below.

    Presenters: Janelle Orsi, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Sustainable Economies Law Center, and Shyaam Subramanian of Bolder Advocacy, a project of Alliance for Justice. 

    Donation: If you or your organization are able, we ask that you chip in what you can (suggested $5-$50) to help New Economy Coalition cover the costs of organizing this and future trainings. Click here to make a contribution.

    Learn more:

    Learn more about the Sustainable Economies Law Center's Transformative Policymakers program here.

    Learn more about the New Economy Coalition's Policy Working Group by emailing Shavaun Evans at shavaun@neweconomy.net

     

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  • Monday, February 06, 2017 at 05:00 PM
    Impact Hub Oakland in Oakland, CA

    Legal Cafe at Impact Hub Oakland

    IMG_1467.jpgThe Sustainable Economies Law Center 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.

    SELC is immensely grateful to Impact HUB Oakland for hosting 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.

  • Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 10:00 AM · $5.00 USD
    The Ché Café in La Jolla, CA

    Think Outside the Boss: San Diego

    Why didn't we think of it sooner? Cooperatives!SELC is going on the road to Southern California! Tell your So Cal friends!

    Think Outside the Boss provides community members an introduction into the nuts and bolts of starting and running a cooperatively owned business. We go over legal issues in an accessible way to help you understand the relationships between cooperatives, employment, and community wealth-building. If you are an entrepreneur starting a business, an existing business owner thinking about succession plans, or an existing worker coop looking for a refresher, this training is for you! 

    Food and drinks provided!

    Think Outside the Boss Manual!

    Attorneys, law students, and experienced cooperative professionals will give short presentations on legal issues, governance structures, financing, cooperative conversion, and more -- including resources and information on:

      • What is a worker-owned business?
      • What are advantages of forming a cooperative business?
      • How do you spread ownership and control across a group of people?
      • What are the steps and tax benefits for selling your business to your employees?
      • How do you raise money for a cooperative?
      • What are the tax and accounting issues in a cooperative?
      • How does employment laws effect worker coops?

    At the event, we will have bound copies of the Think Outside the Boss manual for paying attendees! You can also download it for free prior to the event here.

    Ocean Beach Peoples Organic Food Cooperative is sponsoring our event by providing lunch!The event will include breakout groups where you can dive deeper into cooperative conversions, speak with worker members, talk with San Diego Health Department staff about navigating their licensing requirements, speak with cooperative attorneys, and more! We would like to thank Ellen Liversidge, the Che Cafe, & People's Organic Food Cooperative for sponsoring this workshop. 

    $5 - $25 Donation Requested_

    If you would like to donate in person or receive our training as a gift, please RSVP with Ricardo by emailing ricardo@theselc.org!

    the Democracy at Work Institute

    No one turned away for lack of funds!

    Law Office Andrea M Carter

    Please help us spread the word! Share this page to your social networks and download the flyer for this workshop hereCo-presented with the Democracy at Work Institute & the Law Office of Andrea M. Carter!

    We are looking for volunteers to support this workshop. If you are interested in attending and would like to volunteer, please email ricardo@theselc.org!

  • Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 06:00 PM · $45.00 USD

    Investing in Small Local Businesses for Beginners

    We are so excited to host our friend Marco Vangelisti for a thorough introduction to local investing options for those of us who prefer to support our local economies rather than large Wall Street firms and corporate conglomerates. This will be a great workshop for anyone who is new to investing and is curious about how to invest in more local, socially responsible, environmentally friendly, or other values-driven ways. Even if you have only modest savings please consider joining us! We consider an investor to be anyone who has pretty much any amount of savings available to invest. We will make this workshop accessible to those without any background in finance or investing. The only prerequisite is an interest in community-based or values-driven investing.

    In this workshop you will learn about:

    • The problems with global finance from an ex-insider;

    • Basic concepts of investment portfolio management and the tools to assess investment opportunities;

    • How to include non-financial considerations when evaluating investments;

    • Determining the prudent allocation of your portfolio to various types of investments;

    • Where to find specific investment opportunities available to Bay Area community investors;

    • More resources to support you as a local economy investor.

    Plus, you will connect with a group of like-minded individuals seeking to build a better world through their investments!

    Dinner and refreshments will be provided to all attendees (it will be vegetarian friendly).

    About the presenters:

    Marco Vangelisti 

    Our featured guest presenter Marco Vangelisti worked in the finance industry for 25 years and for the last 6 in the investment management industry. Marco is a founding member of Slow Money and since 2009 has been in the leadership team of the Slow Money Northern California Network. He is a 100% impact investor with 7 years of experience doing direct local investments. Watch a sneak peak of what Marco has to offer in his keynote speech at the Slow Money national gathering in 2014.

    Christina Oatfield

    Christina Oatfield!!! Policy Director at the Sustainable Economies Law Center

    The Sustainable Economies Law Center's Policy Director, Christina Oatfield, works in our Food Program and Grassroots Finance Program. She also leads the Law Center's California state legislative campaigns in a variety of issue areas including on securities laws, worker cooperatives, food enterprises, and other issue areas. Christina, who is a beginning local economy investor, will facilitate the workshop.

     

     Important Note: This workshop will NOT provide financial or investment advice to anyone nor will we recommend any particular investment deals. The purpose of this workshop is to help investors and soon-to-be investors learn about some of the unique challenges and opportunities in local and community investing generally.

    Cost: $45 per person - registration and payment online below.

    If you prefer to pay by personal check or cash please email Christina@theselc.org to RSVP and coordinate payment.

  • Monday, March 06, 2017 at 05:00 PM
    Impact Hub Oakland in Oakland, CA

    Legal Cafe at Impact Hub Oakland

    IMG_1467.jpgThe Sustainable Economies Law Center 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.

    SELC is immensely grateful to Impact HUB Oakland for hosting 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 15, 2017 at 05:00 PM
    Operation HOPE Oakland in Oakland, CA

    Legal Cafe at Operation HOPE

    Operation HOPEThe Sustainable Economies Law Center 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.

    This Cafe will be co-sponsored and held at Operation HOPE Oakland, a nonprofit that provides complimentary financial literacy education and empowerment programs and services to youth and adults in the Oakland area. 

    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, March 21, 2017 at 05:00 PM
    Alchemy Collective Cafe in Berkeley, CA

    Alchemy Legal Cafe

    Alchemy_Legal_Cafe_Jill_Allison_-1.jpgThe Sustainable Economies Law Center 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, for hosting 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.

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