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!

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)!

  • Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 05:00 PM

    Policy Cafe & Teach-In

    Do you have an idea to change your community for the better? Do you have questions about policymaking on a local or state level? Do you want to explore your inner policymaker?

    Come get answers, ideas, and strategies from our center's staff, experienced attorneys, and policymakers!

    This is a two-part event (You can come to both, or either!)

    1. From 5:00PM - 5:45PM, there will be a Do-It-Yourself Policymaking teach-in facilitated by Sustainable Economies Law Center's Policy Director, Yassi Eskandari, and Executive Director, Janelle Orsi. They'll present an introductory overview of the policymaking process and share some best practices for engaging in local and state-level policy change.

    2. From 5:45PM to 7:30PM, we'll be hosting a Policy Cafe and offering individualized consultations for folks who want to discuss their specific ideas and get advice on questions such as:

    • What are the next steps after I have come up with my policy idea?
    • How do I draft a policy proposal?
    • How do I approach council members, county supervisors, or other legislators about my idea?
    • How do I navigate the legislative process?
    • In what ways can my nonprofit participate in policy advocacy?

     See more info & RSVP here.

     

  • Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 05:30 PM
    The San Francisco Foundation in San Francisco, CA

    2017 Idea Lab

    Full Circle Fund Idea Lab The San Francisco Foundation

    The Sustainable Economies Law Center will be participating in the Full Circle Fund's 4th Annual Idea Lab. This nontechnical hackathon is hosted and sponsored by The San Francisco Foundation, participants will have a chance to collaborate for a 90-minute session where they come up with innovative solutions for our 2017 Grant Partners. This is an exciting time for Members and guest thought partners to contribute their time and talent to a 2017 Grant Partner they are not currently collaborating with to make a difference in just one night!

    For more information, click the link below!

    Eventbrite

  • Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 05:30 PM · 13 rsvps

    On-the-Spot Legal Advising for Worker Cooperatives, Nonprofits, and Food Enterprises

    Resilient Communities Legal CafeIf you are, have been, or would like to start being a volunteer at our award winning Resilient Communities Legal Cafe, this workshop is for you! Please join us!

    Giving legal advice on-the-spot sometimes feels like flying by the seat of our pants. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin, hard to present information in a clear and organized way, and hard to remember to bring up key legal issues. We want to support our Legal Cafe volunteers to continually improve their on-the-spot advising skills!

    At our workshop, we’ll share insights, tips, and road maps to advising our most common clients: worker cooperatives, nonprofits, and food enterprises. We’ll also talk through checklists you can use for advising each type of client. We want this workshop to be an emergent process. We’ll harness the wisdom in the room to strategize ways to increase our effectiveness at providing clients the critical information they need to take the next steps in their enterprises.

    This activity has been approved for 1 hour of Continuing Legal Education credits. 

    Stay after the training, and have a drink with us at our Volunteer Happy Hour

     

  • Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 06:30 PM · 5 rsvps

    August Volunteers Happy Hour!

    Sustainable Economies Law Center

    Come celebrate the building of community resilience with Law Center staff and cultivate connections at our upcoming volunteers happy hour! 

    If you are or have been a volunteer at the Law Center, please allow us to thank you with some light snacks and libations! Meet other solidarity economy legal professionals, public interest law students, social justice advocates, and more!

    This is a great place to not only get a better understanding of our work supporting grassroots economic empowerment, but also to meet the movers and shakers cultivating a more humane economy locally and nationally! 

    We're excited to be hosting this happy hour directly after our CLE workshop "On-the-Spot Legal Advising for Worker Cooperatives, Nonprofits, and Food Enterprises."

    Sustainable Economies Law Center!

    Please join the Law Center for an informal networking event with drinks, snacks, and stories of cultivating community resilience at our office (just a short walk from 12th St. BART station)!

  • Tuesday, September 05, 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.

    This cafe is co-hosted by Alchemy Collective Cafe, a worker-owned business that serves delicious coffee!

    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 06, 2017 at 06:00 PM · 4 rsvps

    Berkeley Worker Coop Ordinance Feedback Forum

    Coming out in support of the Worker Coop Resolution in Berkeley!This moment belongs to us. Help us build economic democracy in Berkeley!

    Last year, you answered the call to support a resolution for the promotion of worker cooperatives at Berkeley City Council. Due to your support, we are currently working with the City of Berkeley to write an ordinance that will prioritize worker cooperatives! 

    We want the ordinance to be as responsive as possible to the needs of the Berkeley worker coop community. We also want the worker coop community to help energize this campaign! That's why we're holding an open forum to discuss address your needs and concerns about the ordinance.

    WORKER OWNERS AND COOPERATIVE ADVOCATES ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND! We need your wisdom and feedback! Please join us!


    Network of Bay Area Worker CooperativesWe're excited to be co-hosting this event with the Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives, a grassroots organization of democratic workplaces dedicated to building workplace democracy in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

    Location TBD

  • Friday, September 08, 2017 at 09:30 AM
    CompassPoint in Oakland, CA

    Rethinking Nonprofits: Aligning Equity and Justice with Your Organizational Structure

    As nonprofits and movement workers committed to social transformation, how can we embody the change we want to see and create more effective, accountable, and equitable organizations as we do it?

    Training discussion

    This training will explore how to infuse the governance, management, and operational practices of our organizations with our values of social, racial, gender, and ecological justice through a commitment to deep democracy. Grounded in experience and practice, the workshop will support participants in reimagining and redesigning teams, departments, or even their whole organization. Get 20% off if you register 2-4 staff/board by using this coupon code: SELC20

    This experience is ideal for individuals working in or with social justice organizations of all sizes and at all stages of organizational development. All you need is a desire to either develop or refine self-governance practices in your team, program, group or organization. Participants should be people in a position to enact change within their organization. This means operations coordinators, human resource directors, executive directors, leaders of teams, or people with the capacity and energy to start making changes. 

    We strongly recommend that organizations send 2-4 people to the training so you can partner in both sharing the learnings and taking actions when you return to your organization.  Get 20% off if you register 2-4 staff/board by using this coupon code: SELC20

    This workshop will invite you to speak openly about impact of the practices we have inherited from oppressive systems that exist in our world. Then we’ll envision and take action to create a new way in our organizations that aligns with our values and passion for justice and equity. 


     


    About the Presenter

    Presenter Bio & Photo

    Sustainable Economic Law Center cultivates a new legal landscape that supports community resilience and grassroots economic empowerment. We provide essential legal tools - education, research, advice, and advocacy - so communities everywhere can develop their own sustainable sources of food, housing, energy, jobs, and other vital aspects of a thriving community.

    Part of Sustainable Economies Law Center's approach to catalyzing a more just and resilient society is to be the change we want to see. We have adopted policies that distribute "ownership" throughout the organization, allow for more dignified livelihoods, expand access to our legal services, and empower a new generation of grassroots legal experts. 

  • Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 06:30 PM · 1 rsvp

    Nonprofit Democracy Network Happy Hour!

    Join us for our happy hour!Join us as we celebrate nonprofit and movement workers committed to social transformation at our Nonprofit Democracy Network happy hour! The Nonprofit Democracy Network is a community of practice, organizational development training program, and peer support network for nonprofit organizations that want to deepen democracy within their organizations and make our movements for justice more participatory, responsive, and leaderful.

    If you are a friend or fan of the Law Center, or want to meet other nonprofit and movement workers committed to social transformation, please allow us to provide a space for critical connections with some light snacks and libations!

    We're excited to be hosting this happy hour during the Nonprofit Democracy Network Gathering where movement workers from around the country will be converging at our office for a  three day training focused on how to create, care for, and increase the impact of deeply democratic organizations.Sustainable Economies Law Center!

    Please join the Law Center for our networking event with drinks, snacks, and stories of cultivating community resilience at our office (just a short walk from 12th St. BART station)!

  • Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 05:00 PM

    Policy Cafe & Teach-In

    Do you have an idea to change your community for the better? Do you have questions about policymaking on a local or state level? Do you want to explore your inner policymaker?

    Come get answers, ideas, and strategies from our center's staff, experienced attorneys and policymakers!

    This is a two-part event (You can come to both, or either!)

    1. From 5:00PM - 6:00 PM, there will be a teach-in on navigating the CA State Legislature! You’ll learn about the process of organizing a CA legislative campaign, how to work with legislators and their staff, how laws get written and amended, how to research California statutes, and some tips and strategies for success in state-level policy advocacy. You’ll hear anecdotes from our staff, Christina Oatfield and Cameron Rhudy, about their years of adventures in and around our state capitol. 

    2. From 6:00PM to 7:30PM, we'll be hosting a Policy Cafe and offering individualized consultations for folks who want to discuss their specific ideas and get advice on questions such as:

    • What are the next steps after I have come up with my policy idea?
    • How do I draft a policy proposal?
    • How do I approach council members, county supervisors, or other legislators about my idea?
    • How do I navigate the legislative process?
    • In what ways can my nonprofit participate in policy advocacy?

     See more info & RSVP here.

     

  • Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 12:00 PM · 9 rsvps
    Online [Link will be sent to participants]

    Webinar: California Legislature, Here We Come!

    SacramentoCoopPolicyBrigadeCapital.jpgCalifornia is fertile ground for innovative legislation and we want to encourage people everywhere to pay more attention, get involved, and even spearhead campaigns.

    In this webinar, you’ll learn about the process of organizing a CA legislative campaign, how to work with legislators and their staff, how laws get written and amended, how to research California statutes, and some tips and strategies for success in state-level policy advocacy. You’ll hear anecdotes from our staff, Christina Oatfield and Cameron Rhudy, about their years of adventures in and around our state capitol.

    Registrants will be sent a GotoWebinar link before October 25th. 

    Start Time: 12 Noon PST

     

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