Upcoming 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!

  • Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 05:00 PM
    Alchemy Collective Cafe in Berkeley, CA

    Legal Cafe at Alchemy Collective

    Alchemy Collective Cafe in Berkeley near Ashby BART station

    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 offered by the Sustainable Economies Law Center. We provide direct legal support to individuals and groups who are working to create new solutions for resilient local economies. 

    This Legal Cafe is hosted by Alchemy Collective Cafe, a worker-owned cooperative business that serves delicious coffee and pastries! And, they host our Legal Cafes at NO CHARGE to the Law Center! Thanks, Alchemy!!!

    Everyone is welcome to attend this cafe. Please RSVP below.

    We try and make navigating the law fun... or at least look fun. :)

    Making the law fun since 2009. 

    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, July 18, 2018 at 05:00 PM · 9 rsvps

    July 18 Happy Hour

    Come mingle, see our office, cultivate connections, and learn more about what Sustainable Economies Law Center has been up to this summer! 

    Join us for our summer happy hour!

    If you're a friend, fan, volunteer, member, or an attorney, this is a great place to learn about the Law Center, connect with our staff, meet our awesome summer interns, and get a better understanding of our work supporting grassroots economic empowerment.

    The happy hour will be at our office, just a block from Oakland's 12th Street BART. See you there!

  • Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 05:00 PM

    Legal Cafe at EBCLC

    East Bay Community Law Center in Berkeley near Ashby BART station

    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 offered by the Sustainable Economies Law Center. We provide direct legal support to individuals and groups who are working to create new solutions for resilient local economies. 

    This Legal Cafe is hosted by our partners, the Community Economic Justice Clinic at the East Bay Community Law Center. They're pretty awesome.  

    Everyone is welcome to attend this cafe. Please RSVP below.

    We try and make navigating the law fun... or at least look fun. :)

    Making the law fun since 2009. 

    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 06, 2018 at 05:00 PM

    Community Capital Cafe

    Do you need to raise money for your business? 

    Have you considered raising money directly from your community? Come to the Community Capital Cafe to learn more about community capital, why it should be considered, and when it might be a good fit for your business.

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    We warmly invite you to our Community Capital Cafe, a two-part event (you can come to both or either!):

    1. From 5:00PM - 6:00PM: Community Capital Teach-In

    From 5:00PM - 6:00PM, there will be a Community Capital Teach-in by Brian McKeown, Kiva Program Coordinator for the San Francisco Bay Area, Jonny Price, Director of Business Development at Wefunder, and Cameron Rhudy, Grassroots Finance Attorney at Sustainable Economies Law Center.

    We will discuss the pros and cons of various strategies for raising community capital (crowdfunding), including perks or donation-based crowdfunding, 0% interest microloans, and investment-based crowdfunding.  Brian will discuss how Kiva can be used as the first step in the capital ladder for beginning stage entrepreneurs to build business credit, and Jonny will discuss how Wefunder can be used to raise larger sums of money.

    2. From 6:00PM - 7:30PM: One-on-One Capital Consultations

    From 6:00PM to 7:30PM, bring your capital raising questions and we will facilitate individualized consultations (with Kiva staff, Wefunder staff, or Law Center volunteer attorneys, as appropriate) so that you can get advice on questions such as:

    • What legal requirements should I be aware of before I start raising capital for my business?
    • What is the most appropriate capital raising strategy for my business?
    • What do I need to do to prepare for raising money on Kiva, Wefunder, or similar crowdfunding platforms?
    • What are the tips to a successful capital raising campaign?

    This event is modeled after our Resilient Communities Legal Cafe, which provides donation-based legal advice for the community.  

    And there will be snacks!

     

    About the Presenters

    Brian McKeown

    BrianMcKeown.jpgBrian is a two decade long social justice entrepreneur, a former nightclub owner, and current Kiva Program Coordinator for the San Francisco Bay Area, where he has built the largest Kiva US program in the country in Oakland since 2017 serving more than 800 entrepreneurs with $3 million dollars of interest free capital. Brian is a Grameen Bank trained micro-financier; a former Economic Development Commissioner for the city of Richmond and current Richmond Loan Fund Board Member; and the State of California's Business and Entrepreneurship Advisory (EDPAC) Representative for Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy.

     

    Jonny Price

    Jonny_Price_Headshot.jpgAfter starting his career in strategy consulting at Oliver Wyman, Jonny joined Kiva in 2011 to launch the Kiva U.S. team, which he led for 7 years. After crowdfunding 5,000 entrepreneurs with $25M in 0% interest capital, Jonny joined Wefunder in 2018 as the company's Director of Business Development, to get larger sums of capital (up to $1M) flowing to startups and small businesses. Jonny serves on the Community Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board, and is the proud husband of Ali, and dad of Felicity.

     

    Cameron Rhudy

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    Cameron is the Grassroots Finance Attorney at Sustainable Economies Law Center, which provides research, education, advice, and advocacy for just and resilient economies. Cameron is currently working on a project with the Grassroots Finance team that is focused on increasing access to capital for farmland conservation. Cameron also supports the Resilient Communities Legal Cafe, the Law Center’s national Fellowship program, and its Transformative Policymakers project.

  • Tuesday, August 07, 2018 at 02:30 PM · 2 rsvps
    Magnolia Conference Room in Berkeley, CA

    Worker Cooperatives Named Focus of Berkeley City Council's August 7th Small Biz Meeting! Come Express Your Support for Coops!

    Berkeley Small Business Subcommittee Meeting About Worker Cooperatives: August 7th 3-5pm

    We need worker coop members and advocates, especially those who live and/or work in Berkeley, to show up and speak in favor of worker cooperatives! Will you join us on August 7th? RSVP below!

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

    Details: We will gather outside the building at 1947 Center St. in downtown Berkeley at 2:30pm. Join us there to receive your talking point sheet and poster, take a group photo, and sign up to comment during Public Comment and/or on relevant agenda item(s). Worker cooperatives have been declared the focus of this meeting, so please be prepared to stay for the entire time if you can (3:00-5:00pm).

    How you can support: We want you to share your personal story about how worker cooperatives have improved your life or your community and how the City of Berkeley should take action to support worker cooperatives. Don't worry, we will provide attendees with sample talking points on how the Office of Economic Development's work plan on small business development should include actions that remove barriers to worker cooperative development.

    Share this event with your community! Please share the event page with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or anywhere else you can think of so your community can join the fun! 

    Other opportunities for action: Later this year, Berkeley City Council will vote on a comprehensive ordinance to support worker cooperative development. We need to show strong support for worker cooperatives at this Subcommittee meeting so that the Mayor and other councilmembers prioritize the worker cooperative ordinance! Click here to learn more about the forthcoming ordinance and how you can support!

    RSVP BELOW TO RECEIVE IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS!

  • Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 05:00 PM
    Alchemy Collective Cafe in Berkeley, CA

    Legal Cafe at Alchemy Collective

    Activists, Worker Co-op Members, Urban Farmers! Join us for a Compost Law and Policy Teach-in!

    We warmly invite you to our Compost Law & Policy Teach-in, and Legal Cafe, a two-part event (you can come to both or either!):

    1. From 5:00PM - 6:00PM: Teach-In

    Now is the time to learn about and shape the future of compost law in California! Whether you grow food, eat food, or make compost, we hope you'll join us for a teach-in and discussion on this fascinating subject, which has deep implications for the future of health, nutrition, food systems, climate, jobs, and more.

    A community compost movement is emerging locally, with a diverse array of organizations, cooperatives, and enterprises composting in creative ways using local food and yard scraps. But guess what! These groups face a growing number of legal barriers, and it's important that we organize, interact with regulators, and reshape the legal landscape for composting in California.

    This conversation is hosted by local compost entrepreneur, Kourtnii Brown of Common Compost, and compost law advocate, Janelle Orsi, of Sustainable Economies Law Center.

    2. From 6:00PM - 7:30PM: One-on-One Legal Consultations 

    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 offered by the Sustainable Economies Law Center. We provide direct legal support to individuals and groups who are working to create new solutions for resilient local economies. 

    This Legal Cafe is hosted by Alchemy Collective Cafe, a worker-owned cooperative business that serves delicious coffee and pastries! And, they host our Legal Cafes at NO CHARGE to the Law Center! Thanks, Alchemy!!!

    Everyone is welcome to attend our teach-in and legal cafe. Please RSVP below.

    We try and make navigating the law fun... or at least look fun. :)

    Making the law fun since 2009. 

    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 28, 2018 at 05:00 PM

    Legal Cafe at EBCLC

    East Bay Community Law Center in Berkeley near Ashby BART station

    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 offered by the Sustainable Economies Law Center. We provide direct legal support to individuals and groups who are working to create new solutions for resilient local economies. 

    This Legal Cafe is hosted by our partners, the Community Economic Justice Clinic at the East Bay Community Law Center. They're pretty awesome.  

    Everyone is welcome to attend this cafe. Please RSVP below.

    We try and make navigating the law fun... or at least look fun. :)

    Making the law fun since 2009. 

    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 04, 2018 at 11:45 AM

    Legal Cafe at Sustainable Economies Law Center

    Come. We'll talk. No big whoop. 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 offered by the Sustainable Economies Law Center.

    We provide direct legal support to individuals and groups who are working to create new solutions for resilient local economies. 

    Everyone is welcome to attend this cafe.

    Please RSVP below.

    We're thinking!

    Busy at work thinking... thinking law things. 

    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, September 12, 2018 at 05:00 PM

    Legal Cafe at EBCLC

    East Bay Community Law Center in Berkeley near Ashby BART station

    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 offered by the Sustainable Economies Law Center. We provide direct legal support to individuals and groups who are working to create new solutions for resilient local economies. 

    This Legal Cafe is hosted by our partners, the Community Economic Justice Clinic at the East Bay Community Law Center. They're pretty awesome.  

    Everyone is welcome to attend this cafe. Please RSVP below.

    We try and make navigating the law fun... or at least look fun. :)

    Making the law fun since 2009. 

    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 18, 2018 at 05:00 PM
    Alchemy Collective Cafe in Berkeley, CA

    Legal Cafe at Alchemy Collective

    Alchemy Collective Cafe in Berkeley near Ashby BART station

    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 offered by the Sustainable Economies Law Center. We provide direct legal support to individuals and groups who are working to create new solutions for resilient local economies. 

    This Legal Cafe is hosted by Alchemy Collective Cafe, a worker-owned cooperative business that serves delicious coffee and pastries! And, they host our Legal Cafes at NO CHARGE to the Law Center! Thanks, Alchemy!!!

    Everyone is welcome to attend this cafe. Please RSVP below.

    We try and make navigating the law fun... or at least look fun. :)

    Making the law fun since 2009. 

    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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