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!
Workers Run Oakland
We all deserve to work in democratic, equitable, and just workplaces. However, millions of people work under unjust conditions and awful bosses, without even knowing that a better option is out there! We’re working to change that by raising awareness about worker cooperatives and worker-self directed non-profits!
On March 24th, we’re participating in our first-ever marathon fundraiser and we’re looking for "run-raisers" to run (or walk) with us to make a worker-run Oakland a reality! Sign up to run, walk, or roll for a worker-run Oakland!
Our $30,000 Goal
Help us raise $30,000 by March 24th so that we can continue to provide legal education, advocacy, research, and advice to folks working to spread power and wealth. Can't become a run-raiser? Support one of your favorite squad members instead!
Solidarity Fund Recipient
5% of all money raised during our #workersRunOakland campaign will go to our solidarity fund recipient, Bay Area Black Worker Center to support their work eliminating Black Poverty by increasing access to quality jobs and reducing employment discrimination against Black workers.
Pledge to raise at least $300 as a #WorkersRunOakland Run-Raiser and we’ll pay for your Oakland Running Festival registration fees! If you raise at least $500, you’ll also get a limited edition Law Center marathon shirt!
Can’t make it?
Support one of your favorite squad members instead!
Laura & Sydney
Join us on Sunday, March 24th, for a picnic to celebrate the final day of our Workers Run Oakland fundraising campaign!
We'll be throwing the party at Lake Merritt in front of the Cleveland Cascades with food, drinks, and lots of good company. Bring a friend and/or colleague to share in our celebration! RSVP BELOW!
At the celebratory picnic at Lake Merritt, we'll be honoring our Workers Run Oakland solidarity fund recipient, the Bay Area Black Worker Center! Every year during our fund drive, we choose an organization we believe is doing essential work building just and resilient economies and give them a portion of all the money we raise. For our #WorkersRunOakland campaign, we are giving 5% of all money raised during our campaign to our solidarity fund recipient, Bay Area Black Worker Center.
We want to support their work eliminating Black poverty by increasing access to quality jobs, improving the quality of jobs in industries that employ Black workers, and reducing employment discrimination against Black workers.
Please come celebrate with us! RSVP below!
March 27-29, 2019
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The Nonprofit Democracy Network is a community of practice and peer support network for organizations working to make their organizations - and the broader nonprofit sector - more liberatory and transformative. We want the nonprofit sector to be more effective at creating a just, joyful, and sustainable world. We want our organizations to be living examples of the equitable, caring, and effective communities that we know are possible. And we know that there is a rich field of experimentation and practice of democratic self-governance from which we can learn and which we can help grow by building and sharing with one another.
We launched the network at our inaugural gathering in fall of 2017 (read more about it here). At our second gathering, March 27-29, 2019, we’ll dive into the nuts and bolts of co-creating forms of collective self-governance, taking on topics like compensation, inclusive decision-making, the impact of identity and culture on participation, coordination and accountability, and collective budgeting of time and money.
Are you part of an organization experimenting with any of these areas? We would love for you to join us! This is an opportunity to learn about the state of the field, connect with fellow practitioners, learn from groups at the forefront of experimentation, and deepen your own organization’s practice.
We’re looking for organizations that are:
- Committed to undoing dynamics of racism, patriarchy, and other forms of structural oppression;
- Playing with more democratic internal structures, regardless of how far advanced; and
- Interested in being part of an ongoing network to deepen this work.
Format:This three day gathering will include education, conversation, and co-creation around common themes of collective leadership. The first day will focus on frameworks for organizational design and how those relate to systems change, identity, and liberation. On the second day, participants will break into smaller groups to dive deeper into specific issues and growing edges (e.g. staff/board structure, compensation policies). The third day will focus on identifying next steps and how to integrate learnings into your organizations.
Cost: Sliding scale from $400 - $1500 based on organization's annual operating budget. We want participation in this cohort to be as accessible and community-driven as possible. We also want to justly compensate our facilitators, organizers, and other vendors. (Cost includes venue, facilitation, and meals over three days for 2 org representatives.) More information on cost included in the application form.
Organized and facilitated by: Participants in the 2017 Nonprofit Democracy Network, including staff from Sustainable Economies Law Center, Community Development Project, 350 Seattle, Reflex Design Collective, and more.
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 Pop-Up Legal Cafe is co-hosted by our friends at Mandela Partners, a non-profit organization that works in partnership with local residents, family farmers, and community-based businesses to improve health, create wealth, and build assets through local food enterprises in low-income communities..
Everyone is welcome to attend this cafe. Please RSVP below.