SELC has been working hard since our last newsletter and we want you, our friends and supporters, to know what we've been up to. Read below for 20 exciting ways that SELC has been leading the way towards more just and resilient economies!
1. Legal Cafes
SELC is providing one of the most innovative legal advice clinics in the country, the Resilient Communities Legal Cafe. It's 1/3 Legal Advice Clinic, 1/3 Living Classroom, 1/3 Community Building and Collaboration Space! SELC staff and volunteer attorneys provide pay-it-forward legal advice for projects and organizations that build the sharing economy.
Legal education, research, advice, and advocacy for just and resilient economies.
The Sustainable Economies Law Center cultivates a new legal landscape that supports community resilience and grassroots economic empowerment. We provide essential legal tools so communities everywhere can develop their own sustainable sources of food, housing, energy, jobs, and other vital aspects of a thriving community.
Or as Lady Justice says it:
Learn how all of our work interrelates to create systemic change for community resilience.
We strive to model the change we want to see in the world. Discover some of the ways that we are exemplifying the new economy in our own organizational practices, including a link to our full organizational policies document.
The Sustainable Economies Law Center is a California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation with tax-exempt status under IRC Section 501(c)(3). We are located at 1428 Franklin Street, Oakland CA 94612.
The Sustainable Economies Law Center has been working with an international team (no joke!) to create our new logo that will help shape the look for our eResources websites like Co-opLaw.org, UrbanAgLaw.org, CommunityCurrenciesLaw.org, and more!
Our developer, Timo ten Feld, researched the Sustainable Economies Law Center's efforts, accomplishments, and vision and had this to say about how he came up with SELC's new look: The SELC logo is an "organically grown, vibrant little logo made with a little bit of help from Aotearoa’s beautiful South Island [New Zealand]."
Watch SELC’s new video on the legal roots of just and resilient local communities:
It’s almost that time of year again…
…green shoots of new growth are just emerging as the fragrant blossoms of fruit trees begin to burst forth. At SELC, our programs are also beginning to blossom in a variety of colorful ways. However, this wouldn’t be possible without the strong root system we have been cultivating over the years – our staff, fellows, interns, and volunteers. As our programs burst forth into spring, help us tend the roots of our growing organization – support our Spring Matching Grant Campaign!
By contributing between now and May 1st, your donation will go toward meeting a generous $10,000 matching grant provided by the 11th hour project.
Your Support of The Spring Matching Grant Campaign Will Help Us Continue To:
- Offer direct legal services through our innovative Resilient Communities Legal Café in East Oakland, CA
- Advocate for new laws that enable thriving local economies, such as the California Homemade Food Act and the Federal CROWDFUND Act
- Develop engaging workshops on the sharing economy for sharing lawyers and community members alike
- Publish our comprehensive online legal resource libraries
- Train the next generation of sharing lawyers through our dynamic Apprentice Ship (Stay tuned for details!)
- And build the movement for just and resilient communities!
Thanks for your support!