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, March 06, 2024 at 12:00 PM PST
    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 provides sliding-scale donation-based legal advice, via Zoom, by appointment. 

    If you need advice about starting a worker-owned cooperative, converting an existing business into a cooperative, organizing a housing cooperative, founding a nonprofit or other social enterprise, please RSVP below! Here are some questions we will be prepared to answer:

    ❖ Radical real estate law: How to form a housing cooperative, real estate cooperative, or nonprofit housing? 
    ❖ Legal formation for small businesses: What are the regulations and requirements to have your organization legally function?
     Legal entity choice: Should your org be a for profit, non-profit, and which legal entity fits best with your vision?
     Employment law: Whether you're an employer, employee, or a cooperative, we can answer questions on how to prevent or resolve issues?
     Tax law: What are the ways to receive tax exemption for your org?
     Contracts: Contract review, drafting, and negotiation
     Liability issues: What are your governance requirements to avoid liability?
     Environmental law: Do you have questions about how to create more green spaces for your community?
    ❖ Worker Self Directed Nonprofits:  How can you run your nonprofit organization more like a worker-owned cooperative?

    Note: We especially encourage Black, Indigenous, people of color, and low-income communities to RSVP. We focus on cooperatives, participatory or democratic nonprofits, land trusts, and mutual aid groups. If you need Spanish Language or American Sign Language interpretation, please email Hope ([email protected]) with Subject Line "Interpretation Request - for [mm/dd/yyyy] event." We will do our best to accommodate your request.

    Keep an eye out for an e-mail when you RSVP. The e-mail will have your appointment slot, instructions on how to attend our Legal Cafe remotely, and an intake form that we need you and your partners to fill out. 

    Format: You and/or your group will be paired with a lawyer for 30-45 minutes to get answers to questions about entity formation, contracts, governance, and more! Since we're based in Oakland, our event times are listed as Pacific Standard Time.

    Got any questions? E-mail [email protected]!

     

    Only one person per group needs to RSVP.

  • Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 12:00 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 provides sliding-scale donation-based legal advice, via Zoom, by appointment. 

    If you need advice about starting a worker-owned cooperative, converting an existing business into a cooperative, organizing a housing cooperative, founding a nonprofit or other social enterprise, please RSVP below! Here are some questions we will be prepared to answer:

    ❖ Radical real estate law: How to form a housing cooperative, real estate cooperative, or nonprofit housing? 
    ❖ Legal formation for small businesses: What are the regulations and requirements to have your organization legally function?
     Legal entity choice: Should your org be a for profit, non-profit, and which legal entity fits best with your vision?
     Employment law: Whether you're an employer, employee, or a cooperative, we can answer questions on how to prevent or resolve issues?
     Tax law: What are the ways to receive tax exemption for your org?
     Contracts: Contract review, drafting, and negotiation
     Liability issues: What are your governance requirements to avoid liability?
     Environmental law: Do you have questions about how to create more green spaces for your community?
    ❖ Worker Self Directed Nonprofits:  How can you run your nonprofit organization more like a worker-owned cooperative?

    Note: We especially encourage Black, Indigenous, people of color, and low-income communities to RSVP. We focus on cooperatives, participatory or democratic nonprofits, land trusts, and mutual aid groups. If you need Spanish Language or American Sign Language interpretation, please email Hope ([email protected]) with Subject Line "Interpretation Request - for [mm/dd/yyyy] event." We will do our best to accommodate your request.

    Keep an eye out for an e-mail when you RSVP. The e-mail will have your appointment slot, instructions on how to attend our Legal Cafe remotely, and an intake form that we need you and your partners to fill out. 

    Format: You and/or your group will be paired with a lawyer for 30-45 minutes to get answers to questions about entity formation, contracts, governance, and more! Since we're based in Oakland, our event times are listed as Pacific Standard Time.

    Got any questions? E-mail [email protected]!

     

    Only one person per group needs to RSVP.

  • Thursday, March 28, 2024 at 12:00 PM PDT
    Online via Zoom in Oakland, CA

    ¡Invitamos a todos los agricultores y protectores de tierras!

    Agroecology Commons Collective (Colectivo de bienes comunes de agroecología) Trabajando principalmente con el territorio no cedido Lisjan Ohlone (también conocido como Bay Area) Agroecology Commons se unió como conjunto de individuos que comparten una profunda solidaridad con la conexión entre la tierra y la liberación. Debido a nuestras experiencias como agricultores, educadores, artistas y propietarios de empresas cooperativas, compartimos un compromiso con la protección y justicia agroecológica de la tierra. Nuestros esfuerzos no son nuevos, ya que están arraigados por linajes indígenas, campesinas y organizativas de la comunidad que, desde tiempos inmemorables, han protegido la tierra y las prácticas agroecológicas. Honramos a todos aquellos que administran, protegen y al mismo tiempo arraigan estos esfuerzos en nuestras propias prácticas agroecológicas ancestrales.

    El Sustainable Economies Law Center (Centro de Derecho de Economías Sostenibles) ofrece apoyo jurídico directamente a las personas y los grupos que se esfuerzan por encontrar nuevas soluciones para las economías locales resilientes. Gracias a las donaciones, el Resilient Communities Legal Cafe ofrece asesoramiento jurídico económico a través de Zoom con cita previa.  Si necesitas orientación sobre cómo crear una cooperativa propiedad de los trabajadores, cómo convertir un negocio existente en una cooperativa, cómo organizar una cooperativa de viviendas o cómo establecer una organización sin fines de lucro u otra empresa social, ¡confirma tu asistencia a continuación! Estas son algunos temas que estaremos preparados para abordar:


    ❖ Derecho inmobiliario radical: Cómo establecer una cooperativa de viviendas, inmobiliaria o de viviendas sin fines de lucro. 
    ❖ Establecimiento jurídico para empresas pequeñas: Las normas y los requisitos que tu organización debe respetar para operar legalmente.
    ❖ Elección de entidad jurídica: Si tu organización debe ser con fines de lucro o sin fines de lucro, y qué entidad jurídica encaja mejor con tu visión.
    ❖ Derecho laboral: Si eres un empleador, un empleado o una cooperativa, podemos responder a preguntas sobre cómo prevenir o resolver problemas.
    ❖ Derecho fiscal: Las distintas formas que tu organización puede recibir la exención fiscal.
    ❖ Contratos: Revisión, redacción y negociación de contratos.
    ❖ Cuestiones de responsabilidad: Cuáles son tus requisitos de gestión para evitar culpabilidad.
    ❖ Derecho ambiental: Preguntas sobre cómo crear más espacios verdes en tu comunidad.
    ❖ Organizaciones sin fines de lucro gestionadas por los trabajadores: Cómo puedes dirigir tu organización sin fines de lucro de una manera similar a una cooperativa propiedad de los trabajadores.

    Importante: Invitamos especialmente a las comunidades afroamericanas, indígenas, de color y de bajos ingresos a que confirmen su asistencia. Nos enfocamos en cooperativas, organizaciones sin fines de lucro participativas o democráticas, fideicomisos de terrenos y grupos de apoyo mutuo. Si necesitas interpretación al español o al lenguaje de señas americano, envía un correo electrónico a Hope ([email protected]) con el asunto "Solicitud de interpretación - para el evento [mes/día/año]". Haremos todo lo posible por satisfacer tu petición.

    Recibirás un correo electrónico cuando confirmes tu asistencia. El correo electrónico contendrá la hora de tu cita, instrucciones sobre cómo acudir al Legal Cafe de manera virtual y un formulario de admisión que necesitamos que tú y tus socios completen.

    Formato: ¡Tú y/o tu grupo serán asignados a un abogado por 30-45 minutos para obtener respuestas a preguntas sobre el establecimiento de la entidad, los contratos, la gestión y mucho más! Como nuestra sede está en Oakland, los horarios de nuestros eventos están programadas según la hora estándar del Pacífico.


    ¿Tienes alguna pregunta? ¡Envía un correo electrónico a [email protected]!


    Sólo una persona de cada grupo tiene que confirmar su asistencia.

    CUÁNDO
    El 28 de marzo de 2024 de 12:00pm a 1:30pm PDT
    DÓNDE
    En línea por Zoom
    Oakland, CA
    Estados Unidos
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    CONTACTO
    Hope · [email protected]
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  • Thursday, March 28, 2024 at 12:00 PM PDT
    Online via Zoom in Oakland, CA

    Calling all Farmers and Land Stewards!

    Agroecology Commons Collective Working primarily within unceded Lisjan Ohlone Territory (also known as the Bay Area) Agroecology Commons came together as a collective of individuals who share deep resonance for the connection between land and liberation. Coming from backgrounds as farmers, educators, artists, and cooperative business owners, we share a commitment to agroecological land stewardship and justice.

    Our work is not new, but rooted in Indigenous, peasant, and community organizing lineages, that for time immemorial have protected land and agroecological practices. We honor all those that steward and protect, while simultaneously rooting this work in our own diverse ancestral land-based practices.

    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 provides sliding-scale donation-based legal advice, via Zoom, by appointment. 

    Our particular expertise at the Law Center is in starting worker-owned cooperatives, converting existing businesses into cooperatives, organizing housing and real estate cooperatives, and founding nonprofits or other social enterprises; but regardless of whether or not you’re interested in cooperatives, we can help you think through choosing an entity type, acquiring land, creating agreements with co-owners, labor and employment laws, how businesses and nonprofits are taxed, various types of contracts, liability, and governance or decision-making structures. We will also be able to discuss basic tax, labor and employment, budgeting, and administrative functions specific to beginning farmers. Here are some examples of questions you could bring to us:

          ❖ I want to operate a farming business out of my personal residence. Do I need a separate entity for the business? How do I separate out my business and personal assets and report them on my taxes?

    I want to start a farming business with a few other people. What do we need to get clear on amongst ourselves before we start? 

    ❖ I am thinking about purchasing land for my farming business. What should I be thinking about and looking for? 

    My uncle has been casually working for me in my farm business. How do I make sure I’m not violating any labor or employment laws?

    ❖ I want to start a business or a nonprofit, but I’m not sure which. We want to make money but also do good in our community. Also, we’d like to access grant funding. What entity type should we choose?

    I want to operate a farming business out of my personal residence. Do I need a separate entity for the business? How do I separate out my business and personal assets and report them on my taxes?

    Note: We especially encourage Black, Indigenous, people of color, and low-income communities to RSVP. We focus on cooperatives, participatory or democratic nonprofits, land trusts, and mutual aid groups. If you need Spanish Language or American Sign Language interpretation, please email Hope ([email protected]) with Subject Line "Interpretation Request - for [mm/dd/yyyy] event." We will do our best to accommodate your request.

    Keep an eye out for an e-mail when you RSVP. The e-mail will have your appointment slot, instructions on how to attend our Legal Cafe remotely, and an intake form that we need you and your partners to fill out. 

    Format: You and/or your group will be paired with a lawyer for 30-45 minutes to get answers to questions about entity formation, contracts, governance, and more! Since we're based in Oakland, our event times are listed as Pacific Standard Time.

    Got any questions? E-mail [email protected]!

     

    Only one person per group needs to RSVP.

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