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Comprehensive Planning Sucks. These Oaklanders Want to Make It Better.

Comprehensive Planning Sucks. These Oaklanders Want to Make It Better.

By: OSCAR PERRY ABELLO, Next City Excerpt: “We’re trying to hold our ground by not defining the entire process up front or acting like it’s our job to do that,” says Janelle Orsi, staff attorney and co-founder at the Sustainable Economies Law Center, which helped convene the collective starting in... Continue Reading

Grandmas4Housing: How a Tenant-Led Community Land Trust Came to Be

Grandmas4Housing: How a Tenant-Led Community Land Trust Came to Be

By: Mwende Hinojosa and Jocelyn Foreman, Nonprofit Quarterly Excerpt: My mother had just died, and I was being retraumatized by seeing the foreclosure notices. Christine [Hernandez of Sustainable Economies Law Center] was telling me I had more options than cash for keys. But then I realized I had to tell people my situation and... Continue Reading

Our Interdependence Bookshelf

Our Interdependence Bookshelf

What are some of the invisible forces activating the hearts and minds of staff and interns of Sustainable Economies Law Center? Recently, several staff found simultaneous resonance around the word interdependence, and we planned a month of events to deepen our understanding of interdependence. Below, a few of us share... Continue Reading

Oakland: Much-needed housing held up over three parking spots

Oakland: Much-needed housing held up over three parking spots

By: By Marisa Kendall, East Bay Times Excerpt: “I’m sure they felt really hopeful that within a short period of time they’d be able to do great things with this land,” said Janelle Orsi, co-founder of Sustainable Economies Law Center, which has been helping Poor Magazine with the project. “I... Continue Reading

Announcing The Oakland People’s Plan

Announcing The Oakland People’s Plan

Announcing The Oakland People’s Plan: 29 Oakland Groups Ask the City to Rethink the General Plan Process June 29, 2021 On June 25, 2021, a newly formed coalition of Oakland organizations called The Oakland People’s Plan, submitted a community-centered proposal to the City of Oakland in response to Oakland’s Request... Continue Reading

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