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)!

  • Saturday, October 01, 2016 at 12:00 AM through October 31, 2016 · 58 rsvps
    Oakland City Hall in Oakland, CA

    Oakland Worker Cooperative Ordinance Committee Hearing

    POSTPONED: Community & Economic Development Committee Hearing

    Oakland City Council is having a hearing to build workplace democracy!

    The Oakland Worker Cooperative Incentives for Growth Ordinance hearings have been delayed by a few weeks. That means that we are no longer rallying at City Hall on September 27th or October 4thThe decision to delay was made by our ordinance's sponsors, Councilmembers Annie Campbell Washington (Distrcit 4) and Dan Kalb (District 1) because they felt they needed more time to finalize the language.

    Don't despair! The ordinance is still going to make it to City Council, and we will let you know when the new set of dates are announced for the Community & Economic Development committee and full Oakland City Council votes. Once we know, you'll know!

    Please look out for our announcement of the new dates and times! We need all of our allies to come out and support the Oakland Worker Cooperative Incentives for Growth Ordinance -- a landmark policy for economic democracy in Bay!


    In order for the ordinance to be adopted, the ordinance will first be heard by City Council's Community & Economic Development Committee and then the ordinance will move to a the full City Council for a final vote. We need your bodies and voices in the room to demonstrate that Oakland supports this policy! RSVP below and you'll receive more info on how you can make your voice heard!

    Once this ordinance is adopted, Oakland will be the first city in the US to adopt this type of support for worker cooperatives, becoming a national leader in the movement for cooperative economies. Show Oakland City Council that our communities demand economic development that empowers residents and creates resilient communities! Help Oakland build on the momentum that is sweeping the country as New York, NY, Austin, TX, Minneapolis, MN, Rochester, NY, Berkeley, CA and other city governments prioritize the development of inclusive, just, and cooperative economies!

    We've done it before! Let's do it again!

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


  • Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 06:00 PM · 28 rsvps
    Oakstop in Oakland, CA

    Town Hall: Homemade Food in California

    Co-hosted by Josephine and the Sustainable Economies Law Center


    Join us in our second town hall for a ton of exciting updates on our efforts to reform California’s food safety laws to expand opportunities to support home-based food microenterprises. We have been collaborating with environmental health regulators on policy proposals and we want to open this conversation up to all those interested in shaping the future of a more inclusive food system. We would like feedback on these proposals in order to best incorporate economic empowerment, public health, and other community considerations. After a few opening updates from the event hosts (the Sustainable Economies Law Center and Josephine)about tentative policy proposals that aim to expand these enterprises, we will open the floor to cooks, consumers, regulators, public health advocates, and any other attendees to brainstorm other potential considerations regarding the logistics and regulation of home-based food businesses. We hope for a thoughtful dialogue that aspires to increase opportunity for permissible home-based food micro-enterprises.




    Town Hall Introduction

    Updates on Conversations with Regulators and Stakeholders

    Overview of Recent Proposals

    Open Discussion - some topics we may cover include:

    o  Deliveries

    o  How to ensure that home food enterprises are ‘good neighbors’ (e.g. limitations on traffic, noise, hours)?

    o  Same-day service

    o  What should be the responsibilities of the web platforms selling food?

    o  Legal and ownership structure of web-based platform

    o  What limits on volume of sales or revenues would be appropriate?

    o  Should the law include any additional health or environmental criteria, such as a ban on disposable plastics or limits on sugary foods?


    Note: Josephine and the Sustainable Economies Law Center are collaborating on efforts to facilitate conversations on legislation and to collect feedback on various legislative ideas. The Sustainable Economies Law Center does not represent Josephine as a legal advisor or as a lobbyist.

  • Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 06:00 PM · 30 rsvps
    Impact HUB Oakland in Oakland, CA

    Cooperative Economies in Action

    Weconomics: the power of cooperative economies

    Film Screening of WEconomics & La Empresa es Nuestra

    Join us as we welcome award winning filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin, co-producers/directors of the PBS film Shift Change as they screen their latest documentaries, WEconomics and La Empresa es Nuestra

    WEconomics is filmed in the Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy which has one of the highest concentrations of cooperative businesses in the developed world.  The capital, Bologna, is an industrial powerhouse, where prosperity is widely shared, and cooperatives of teachers and social workers play a key role in the provision of government services.

    La Empresa es Nuestra, filmed in the Basque region of northern Spain, describes the Mondragón Cooperative Corporation, that largest cooperative corporation in the world. Founded in the town of Mondragón in 1956, it is the tenth-largest Spanish company and the leading business group in the Basque Country. At the end of 2014, it employed 74,117 people in 257 companies and organizations in four areas of activity: finance, industry, retail and knowledge. 

    award winning Seattle filmmakers Mark Dworkin and Melissa YoungPlease join us for a film screening and discussion of how these examples can be helpful toward developing a stronger coop economy in the U.S. and specifically the East Bay. Young and Dworkin have produced films about worker coops over a period of 15 years, first in Argentina after the dramatic economic/political collapse in late 2001, then in the Basque Country of Spain and across the U.S. , including the Bay Area, for Shift Change. Their work encourages us to think and work toward a more just, equitable, sustainable economy.


  • Tuesday, November 01, 2016 at 05:30 PM · 9 rsvps
    The Double Standard in Oakland, CA

    Fall Volunteers & Members Happy Hour

    Mmmmmm... relaxCalling all Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) volunteers, interns, members, and sustainers! Come and let us celebrate your part in building community resilience! Join SELC staff and your fellow SELC community members to cultivate connections at our upcoming happy hour!

    Sharing economy legal professionals, public interest law students, urban gardeners, social justice advocates, and more will be in attendance! If you are a SELC volunteer, intern, member, or sustainer and looking to build your network of resilience minded individuals, join us!Join us for an evening of casual libations!

    This is a great place not only to learn about SELC, connect with our staff, and get a better understanding of our work supporting grassroots economic empowerment, but also a place to meet the movers and shakers seeding communities across the Bay toward a more humane economy!

    The Double Standard!

    Please join SELC for an informal networking event with drinks, snacks, and stories of cultivating community resilience at The Double Standard (just a short walk from 19th St. Oakland BART station)!

  • Monday, November 14, 2016 at 05:00 PM

    Legal Cafe in partnership with Community Economic Justice Clinic


    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.

    CEJ is focused on empowering low-income communities of color to build long-term solutions to poverty through the advancement of community-owned cooperative businesses and affordable housing. This legal cafe is in partnership with the Community Economic Justice Clinic (CEJ) at the East Bay Community Law Center. 

    Everyone is welcome to attend this cafe. 

    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.

  • Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 06:30 PM
    Impact HUB Oakland in Oakland, CA

    2016 SELC Fall Celebration

    Come get wrapped up and fall down a rabbit hole with us!

    Come get wrapped up in the next economy and enjoy an evening of fun filled fantasy and adventure!

    Join the Sustainable Economies Law Center as we celebrate 7 years of building community around the legal roots of just and resilient economies! More information and tickets below. RSVP TODAY!

    Early bird tickets on sale until October 28th!

    (PLEASE NOTE: After you press the green "Tickets" button, please scroll down the page to view the pop-up "Select Tickets" window to choose the number of tickets you'd like to purchase.)
  • Tuesday, December 13, 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.

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

    Alchemy! They're amazing.

    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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