Upcoming Events

Be part of the movement for more just and resilient economies!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. And we don't only provide in-person events for you to connect with us, we provide online trainings and travel across the country to support grassroots economic empowerment. Don't miss out!

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Find Sustainable Economies Law Center's events below!

  • Wednesday, April 08, 2020 at 10:15 AM PDT · $5.00 USD · 24 rsvps

    Webinar: Coop Entity Formation for Entrepreneurs

    In this teach-in, our Director of Economic Democracy Ricardo Nuñez will provide an introduction into the nuts and bolts of starting and running a cooperatively owned business. We'll go over legal issues in an accessible way to help you understand the relationships between cooperatives, employment law, and community wealth-building.

    If you are an entrepreneur, an existing business owner thinking about succession planning, or an existing worker coop with worker-members or candidates looking to skill up (Principle 5!), this training is for you!

  • Wednesday, April 08, 2020 at 11:30 AM PDT
    Online Legal Cafe

    Online Legal Cafe

    The 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 donation-based first-come first-serve legal advice clinic, providing a collaborative space for community building and connecting.

    Note: Keep an eye out for an automated response e-mail when you RSVP. The e-mail will have instructions on how to attend our Legal Cafe remotely and an intake form that we need you to fill out.

    Got any questions? E-mail tia@theselc.org!

  • Wednesday, April 08, 2020 at 12:00 PM PDT · $15.00 USD
    Webinar

    Webinar: Investment Advisors: The role they can play on your journey toward transitioning your retirement savings out of Wall Street.

    Wondering what investment advisors do and when you should consider hiring one? Maybe you have tried looking for an investment advisor but can’t find one that can help you invest your savings in a way that is aligned with your values? Or perhaps you are just starting to dip your toe into investing and just want to learn more? Wherever you are on your journey, there is something for you here.

    During this call we will hear from Angela Barbash of Revalue, Kate Poole and Tiffany Brown of Chordata Capital, and Bill Stoddart of NorthFork Financial to learn how they differ from traditional investment advisors, their take on investment returns in the context of saving for your retirement, and how they can help transition retirement savings into the community. 

    Members of The Next Egg network can attend this webinar as part of their membership.  Click here for more information about The Next Egg, our project to help people gain control over how they invest their retirement savings. 

     

  • Monday, April 13, 2020 at 05:30 PM PDT · 7 rsvps
    Zoom

    Policy Cafe: How to Write a Ballot Initiative

    Do you have an idea to change your community for the better? Do you want to explore your inner policymaker? Come get answers, ideas, and strategies from our center's staff, experienced attorneys, and policymakers! 

    At the Law Center, we believe that ANYONE CAN MAKE POLICY! That's why you're all invited to this three-part event (you can come to all or just parts of it!) co-hosted by the Community Democracy Project (CDP)! 

    Part 1: Nano-Training (How to draft a ballot initiative)
    5:30 PM - 5:45 PM
    Join our short teach-in on how to draft a ballot initiative. CDP will present on how they worked with lawyers, organizers, and community members to draft a petition for a People's Budget in Oakland. (CDP is an all-volunteer campaign working to turn the power structure right-side up by putting the people of Oakland in charge of the city budget.)

    Part 2: Petition-Drafting Workshop (Do you have feedback for CDP?)
    5:45 PM - 6:45 PM
    CDP is requesting feedback on their petition! Last year, CDP gathered more than 40,000 signatures with the help of a group of volunteers and a new worker-owned signature gathering firm. They were juuuuuust shy of making it on the 2020 ballot! But now they're bigger and stronger and are ramping up for their next signature gathering campaign. But first, they're asking the community for feedback on their initiative. To participate fully in this workshop, please read CDP's current draft here

    Part 3: Policy Cafe (What are your policy ideas?)
    6:45 PM - 7:30 PM
    We'll host a Policy Cafe and offer 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?

    The Policy Cafe will provide direct support to individuals and groups who are working to create new solutions for resilient local economies through policymaking and is part of our Transformative Policymakers project. It's modeled after our Resilient Communities Legal Cafe, which provides donation-based legal advice for the community.

  • Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 05:00 PM PDT
    Online via Zoom in Oakland, CA

    Online Legal Cafe

    The 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 donation-based first-come first-serve legal advice clinic, providing a collaborative space for community building and connecting.

    While originally planned to be hosted at Alchemy Collective Cafe, we've moved this event online to help flatten the coronavirus curve. 

    Note: Keep an eye out for an automated response e-mail when you RSVP. The e-mail will have instructions on how to attend our Legal Cafe remotely and an intake form that we need you to fill out.

    Got any questions? E-mail tia@theselc.org!

     

     

  • Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 11:00 AM PDT
    Webinar

    Webinar: Invest in Humans Now: How to lend your retirement savings to friends, family, yourself, and other humans in your community

    With a 20-30% unemployment rate looming, how can we support the thriving of people in our communities, while preventing credit card companies and greedy banks from capitalizing on the recession? If you have retirement savings, you can do more than just invest in businesses. Many people don’t realize that they can borrow from their workplace 401(k)s or set up self-directed 401(k)s and IRAs, from which you can lend to friends, family, yourself, and other community members. 

    In this FREE webinar we’ll: 

    • Hear from people who have either loaned or borrowed from retirement savings to pay off high interest debt, pay for college, or make a home down payment
    • Explain how people can borrow from workplace retirement plans
    • Review options for self-directing retirement savings
    • Talk through the rules governing such loans, including complying with ERISA law
    • Strategize about how to spur a movement of people supporting people during these challenging times!

     

    You'll hear from The Next Egg team members Sue Bennett, Michael Shuman, and Janelle Orsi, and possibly other surprise guests. 

  • Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 05:00 PM PDT · 3 rsvps
    Zoom in Oakland, CA

    Apr Legal Cafe at Law Center

    The 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 usually a first-come first-serve legal advice clinic.

    But this Legal Cafe is special.

    We're in a unique situation where millions of people will soon get $1,200 that they weren't expecting to receive. In this time of crisis, some may be wondering how they can redirect that check back to the community and those who need it more. So there's a movement to redistribute stimulus checks if you are able. At the same time, a growing number of mutual aid groups are faced with questions about gifts, loans, taxes, and what to do with that $1,200. 

    So we've organized a special mutual aid teach-in and legal cafe! 

    5:00PM-6:00PM
    Teach-In: Mutual Aid Models and the Law

    6:00PM-7:30PM
    Break Out Groups Q&A

    Note: Keep an eye out for an automated response e-mail when you RSVP. The e-mail will have instructions on how to attend our Legal Cafe remotely and an intake form that we need you to fill out.

    Got any questions? E-mail tia@theselc.org!

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