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!

  • Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 05:00 PM
    Alchemy Collective Cafe in Berkeley, CA

    Legal Cafe at Alchemy

     

     

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

    This Legal Cafe is hosted by Alchemy Collective Cafe, a worker-owned cooperative business that serves delicious coffee and pastries! And, they host our Legal Cafes at NO CHARGE to the Law Center! Thanks, Alchemy!!!

    Everyone is welcome to attend this cafe. Please RSVP below. 

    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.

  • Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 05:00 PM · 25 rsvps
    Alchemy Collective Cafe in Berkeley, CA

    Teach-in: Cooperative Conversions 101

    Cooperative conversions are one of the most useful tools we can use to build equity in our communities. Join us!

    Back by popular demand! Come learn why converting businesses to cooperatives benefits owners, workers, and communities. We'll provide an overview of benefits, models, and stories of businesses converting to cooperatives. This is the same teach-in we put on in December at Alchemy Collective Cafe that sold out in less than 2 days! If you couldn't make that teach-in, please join us on January 15th! We'll also share some of the legal steps and business considerations owners and employees should know before moving forward. Space is limited so please RSVP below!

    About the Speakers

    Mariposa Gardening & Design Cooperative

    Mariposa Gardening & Design Cooperative's Andrea Hurd, Michelle Daniela Villarreal, & Allie Wilson Plasek:

    Andrea Hurd

    Andrea is founder and worker-owner at Mariposa Gardening & Design with Michelle and Allie. Andrea converted her company to a worker cooperative, has over 20 years experience in organic food production and organic ornamental gardening and a lifetime commitment to increasing and sustaining bird and butterfly habitat as well as sustainable living practices and ecological stewardship. Michelle and Allie will share their experience being worker-owners at a company transitioning to a worker cooperative. 

    Founder of & Worker-Owner at Niles Pie Company Carolyn Berke:

    Carolyn is the founder of Niles Pie Company, a pie shop and café with retail sales, classes, dinners and catering, serving artisanal food in Union City and across the Bay Area. As of July 2017, Niles Pies is the first worker cooperative on the 880 corridor! We're very excited to have Carolyn come and discuss her experience converting her business to a worker cooperative!

    Ricardo Nuñez

    Director of Economic Democracy Ricardo Nuñez: Ricardo co-coordinates the Law Center’s education, research, advocacy, and advice for equitable, democratic enterprises. He has been providing technical support to cooperatives for over nine years and is on the board of US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and the California Center for Cooperative Development.

    Housing & Cooperatives Attorney Sara Stephens: Sara leads Sustainable Economies Law Center’s Housing Program and contributes legal support to the Cooperatives and City Policies programs. She is committed to supporting community-led solutions to housing and economic inequity.


    Teach-ins at the Resilient Communities Legal Cafe

    This teach-in is a part of the Law Center's Resilient Communities Legal CafeSustainable 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.

    SHOUT OUT! This Legal Cafe is hosted by Alchemy Collective Cafe, a worker-owned cooperative business that serves delicious coffee and pastries! And, they host our Legal Cafes at NO CHARGE to the Law Center! Thanks, Alchemy!!!

    Everyone is welcome to attend this cafe. 

    Interested in legal advice only? Please RSVP here.

  • Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 05:00 PM

    Legal Cafe at Sustainable Economies Law Center

     

     

    The Resilient Communities Legal Cafe is a first-come, first-serve, donation-based legal advice clinic, providina collaborative space for community building and connecting offered by the Sustainable Economies Law Center.

    We provide direct legal support to individuals and groups who are working to create new solutions for resilient local economies. 

    Everyone is welcome to attend this cafe. Please RSVP below.

     

  • Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 05:00 PM

    Legal Cafe at EBCLC (Adeline)

     

     

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

    This Legal Cafe is hosted by our partners, the Community Economic Justice Clinic at the East Bay Community Law Center. They're pretty awesome.  

    Everyone is welcome to attend this cafe. Please RSVP below. 

    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.

  • Thursday, February 07, 2019 at 05:00 PM

    Legal Cafe at Sustainable Economies Law Center

     

     

    The Resilient Communities Legal Cafe is a first-come, first-serve, donation-based legal advice clinic, providina collaborative space for community building and connecting offered by the Sustainable Economies Law Center.

    We provide direct legal support to individuals and groups who are working to create new solutions for resilient local economies. 

    Everyone is welcome to attend this cafe. Please RSVP below.

     

  • Monday, February 11, 2019 at 06:00 PM

    Compost Law & Policy Teach-in

    Activists, Food Entrepreneurs, Urban Farmers! Join us for a Compost Law and Policy Teach-in and Discussion!

    We warmly invite you to our Compost Law & Policy Teach-in and Discussion

    RSVP Below!

     

    Now is the time to learn about and shape the future of compost law in California! In fact, multiple state and local agencies are seeking input on draft compost regulations right now! Whether you grow food, eat food, or make compost, we hope you'll join us for a teach-in and discussion on this fascinating subject, which has deep implications for the future of health, nutrition, food systems, climate, jobs, and more.

    A community compost movement is emerging locally, with a diverse array of organizations, cooperatives, and enterprises composting in creative ways using local food and yard scraps. But guess what! These groups face a growing number of legal barriers, and it's important that we organize, interact with regulators, and reshape the legal landscape for composting in California.

    We'll provide light food and drink!

    This conversation is hosted by local compost entrepreneur, Kourtnii Brown of Common Compost, and compost law advocate, Janelle Orsi, of Sustainable Economies Law Center.

     

    Please RSVP below.

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  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 05:00 PM
    Alchemy Collective Cafe in Berkeley, CA

    Legal Cafe at Alchemy

     

     

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

    This Legal Cafe is hosted by Alchemy Collective Cafe, a worker-owned cooperative business that serves delicious coffee and pastries! And, they host our Legal Cafes at NO CHARGE to the Law Center! Thanks, Alchemy!!!

    Everyone is welcome to attend this cafe. Please RSVP below. 

    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, February 13, 2019 at 05:30 PM · 4 rsvps

    Berkeley Slated to Adopt Major Support for Worker Cooperative Development: Come Learn and Take Action!

    Call to Action!

    After three years of organizing and negotiations, we are thrilled to announce that the City of Berkeley is now slated to commit to a bold agenda to support the development and success of local worker cooperative businesses. This plan will commit the City of Berkeley to many key worker cooperative development programs, including being the first city in the nation to create a Worker Cooperative Revolving Loan Fund.

    Now we need YOU, the worker cooperative community, to help demonstrate a strong showing of public support for worker coops and ensure that the plan adopted is a broad and bold one.

    To find out how you can support this effort, join us the week before the City Council hearing for an organizing meeting on Wednesday, February 13, 5:30-6:30pm at the Sustainable Economies Law Center (1428 Franklin Street, Oakland). You can join in person OR online--we will be sharing the video call details in an email to those who RSVP, so please make sure to register below!

    We hope to see you there!

    (RSVP for the February 19th Berkeley City Council hearing here)

    Worker Cooperative advocates in front of city hall

     

  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 06:00 PM · 24 rsvps

    Berkeley Votes on Ordinance Supporting Worker Coops

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    WHEN: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 6pm - 9pm

    WHERE: Berkeley School District Board Room (231 Addison St, Berkeley)

    WHAT: At this City Council Meeting, Berkeley is slated to commit to a bold agenda to support the development and success of local worker cooperative businesses. This plan will make Berkeley the first city in the nation to commit to the creation of a Worker Cooperative Revolving Loan Fund and to preferentially procure goods and services from worker coops, among other key programs. We need YOU to help demonstrate strong public support for worker coops to ensure that the plan adopted is a broad and bold one.

    HOW TO SUPPORT: 

    1.) RSVP below to receive only important details and announcements about the event. To show that you're attending in solidarity, please wear the color green! 

    2.) To learn more about the council item and to receive instructions from campaign organizers, join our informational meeting the week before the City Council hearing, on Wednesday, February 13, 5:30-6:30pm at the Sustainable Economies Law Center (1428 Franklin Street, Oakland). You can join this informational meeting in person OR online -- learn more and RSVP for the informational meeting here.

    We've done it before. We can do it again! Pushing policies that promote worker cooperatives!

    Background:

    This milestone moment is the result of three years of organizing and negotiations led by the Sustainable Economies Law Center, Worker Coop Policy Brigade, Project Equity, and other worker cooperative businesses, organizations, and advocates. Many thanks as well to the leadership and foresight of Mayor Jesse Arreguin and the City of Berkeley staff who have partnered with us in this effort.

    RSVP BELOW TO RECEIVE IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS ABOUT THE EVENT!

  • Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 06:00 PM
    Prospera Office in Oakland, CA

    Cafecito Legales

    Sustainable Economies Law Center y Prospera presentan ¡Charlas Legales!

    Sustainable Economies Law Center se complace en asociarse con Prospera para presentar ¡Charlas Legales!, una primera serie de talleres en español que cubren preguntas que con frecuencia se plantean los emprendedores y trabajadores inmigrantes. En esta primera Charla, discutiremos los derechos legales de los inmigrantes en cuanto a la propiedad de negocios y el empleo. También exploraremos alternativas como aprender las opciones legales de auto-empleo, ser un contratista independiente o bien establecer una cooperativa de trabajadores. 

    Le invitamos a que venga a compartir sus preguntas y experiencias. Este taller es gratuito y estará totalmente en español.


    Charla_Group_Discussion.jpgSustainable Economies Law Center and Prospera present ¡Charlas Legales!

    Sustainable Economies Law Center is excited to partner with Prospera to present ¡Charlas Legales!, a first-of-its-kind series of Spanish language workshops covering questions that frequently come up for immigrant entrepreneurs and workers. In this first charla, we will discuss the legal rights of immigrants as to business ownership and employment. We will also explore alternatives outside of being a traditional employee and discuss self-employment options, such as being an independent contractor or establishing a worker cooperative.

    We invite you to to come and share your questions and experiences. This workshop is free to attend and will be entirely in Spanish. 

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