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!

  • Monday, November 19, 2018 at 05:00 PM

    Legal Cafe at APEN

     

     

    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 APEN's Richmond Office. APEN is an environmental justice organization that focuses on Asian and Pacific Islander communities.

    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, December 04, 2018 at 05:00 PM
    RYSE Center in Richmond, CA

    Teach In at RYSE Center

    Ever wondered what it would be like to own a business? Come to our teach-in to find out! Folks from Alchemy Collective Cafe, Mandela Foods, and other businesses will share their experience (good and bad!) of being an entrepreneur. 

    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 the RYSE Youth Center in Richmond. RYSE creates safe spaces grounded in social justice for young people to love, learn, educate, heal, and transform lives and communities.

    Young entrepreneurs are encouraged to attend this cafe; everyone is welcome. Please RSVP below. 

    Interested in legal advice only? RSVP here instead.

    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, December 04, 2018 at 05:00 PM
    RYSE Center in Richmond, CA

    Legal Cafe at RYSE 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 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 the RYSE Youth Center in Richmond. RYSE creates safe spaces grounded in social justice for young people to love, learn, educate, heal, and transform lives and communities.

    Young entrepreneurs are encouraged to attend this cafe; everyone is welcome. 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, December 05, 2018 at 07:00 PM
    Impact Hub Oakland in Oakland, CA

    People Powered East Bay Celebration

    HELLA PEOPLE POWERED EAST BAY

    How it Started: More than two years in the making, these cooperatives have been incubated and funded by the Sustainable Economies Law Center. Each now has a dynamic leadership team ready to welcome hundreds or thousands of members.

    The East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative

    East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative (EB PREC) builds community sovereignty and collective wealth among underserved and historically disenfranchised Black, Indigenous, and POC communities using community investment campaigns that bring everyday people together to organize, finance, acquire, and co-steward land and housing on our own terms. Land without landlords!

    How it Works: EB PREC is a multi-stakeholder consumer & housing cooperative operated by a democratic staff collective. Properties are crowd-financed through the sale of membership shares to the community and each property acquisition is organized by small groups of tenants and neighbors. East Bay residents who want live cooperatively will identify buildings in their neighborhood to shepherd into the cooperative, permanently removing them from the speculative market, and creating permanent affordability. People being pushed out can push back by stewarding land and housing on our own terms!

    People Power Solar Cooperative

    People Power Solar Cooperative allows us to OWN our power (not buy it from big corporations) and shape the Bay Area’s clean energy economy together!

    How it Works: We engage everyday people in organizing, financing, and stewarding solar projects for long-term community ownership and democratic control. As we grow to engage thousands of community members building hundreds of solar projects, we create people power: aggregated buying power, economies of scale, social capital, connected communities, good local jobs, and a strong voice for just transition. Come buy a share of our cooperative to finance our first solar project, hosted on the roof of local labor and environmental leader, Lora Jo Foo!

    NOTE: Tickets will NOT be sold at the door. Guests must purchase tickets  -- either above or on our Eventbrite page -- beforehand for entry. 

  • Tuesday, December 11, 2018 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, December 12, 2018 at 09:30 AM
    CompassPoint in Oakland, CA

    Rethinking Nonprofits: Aligning Equity and Justice with Your Organizational Structure

    As nonprofits and movement workers committed to social transformation, how can we embody the change we want to see and create more effective, accountable, and equitable organizations as we do it? 

    Training discussion

    This training will explore how to infuse the governance, management, and operational practices of our organizations with our values of social, racial, gender, and ecological justice through the practice of deep democracy. Grounded in experience, research, discussion, and practice, the workshop will support participants to reimage and redesign teams, departments, or even their whole organization.

    We will focus on ways to shift formal and informal power structures within organizations, with a particular focus on new approaches to organizational design for distributed leadership. This workshop will invite you to speak openly about the impact of practices we have inherited from oppressive systems and often reproduced in our own workplaces. Then we’ll discuss practical steps that organizations can take now to align your practices and policies with your commitment to justice and equity.

    Participants will leave the workshop with:

    1. A general understanding of the operations and management of deeply democratic organizations and a vision for how they might embed more democracy in their organization moving forward;
    2. Specific tools and practices to spread power throughout their  organization and give impacted people more voice to shape strategic and programmatic decisions.
    3. Resources to engage their board of directors, co-workers, and other key stakeholders in conversation about new organizational structures and practices; and;
    4. An understanding of legal issues arising from worker-self direction.

    This experience is ideal for individuals working in or with social justice organizations of all sizes and at all stages of organizational development. All you need is a desire to either develop or refine self-governance practices in your team, program, group or organization. Participants should be people in a position to enact change within their organization. This means operations coordinators, human resource directors, executive directors, leaders of teams, or people with the capacity and energy to start making changes. We strongly recommend that organizations send 2-4 people to the training so you can partner in both sharing the learnings and taking actions when you return to your organization.  Get 20% off if you register 2-4 staff/board by using this coupon code: SELC20

     


     


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    Sustainable Economic Law Center cultivates a new legal landscape that supports community resilience and grassroots economic empowerment. We provide essential legal tools - education, research, advice, and advocacy - so communities everywhere can develop their own sustainable sources of food, housing, energy, jobs, and other vital aspects of a thriving community.

    Part of Sustainable Economies Law Center's approach to catalyzing a more just and resilient society is to be the change we want to see. We have adopted policies that distribute "ownership" throughout the organization, allow for more dignified livelihoods, expand access to our legal services, and empower a new generation of grassroots legal experts. 

  • Tuesday, December 18, 2018 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.

  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 06:00 PM · 20 rsvps
    Berkeley City Hall in Berkeley, CA

    Berkeley Votes on Ordinance Supporting Worker Coops

    IMPORTANT NOTICE: THIS HEARING HAS NOT BEEN CALENDARED. HEARING DATE STILL TBD. THE DATE PROVIDED BELOW IS MERELY A PLACEHOLDER. PLEASE RSVP TO RECEIVE UPDATES. 

    We need YOU to show the City of Berkeley that you care about worker cooperatives. Will you submit a letter of support and RSVP below to follow announcements about the introduction of this historic ordinance to support worker cooperatives in Berkeley? 

    The hearing date is still unannounced so please RSVP to this page to receive important announcements!
    We done it before. We can do it again! Pushing policies that promote worker cooperatives!Background:

    The Sustainable Economies Law Center, in partnership with other organizations and community members, has crafted an ordinance that will support the creation and success of worker cooperatives in Berkeley.

    The Law Center's Worker Coop Policy Brigade has been hard at work with Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin, Berkeley City Council Members, and Berkeley City staff to push forward the Ordinance Supporting Worker Cooperatives. Berkeley City Council will vote on the ordinance this summer! The hearing date is still unannounced so please RSVP to this page to receive important announcements!

    How you can help:

    • SUBMIT A LETTER OF SUPPORT: Click here to download the template letter of support and instructions.

    • CALL YOUR COUNCIL MEMBER: Do you live or work in Berkeley? We need you to call your councilmember and tell them why you believe worker cooperatives are important and should be supported by the City of Berkeley. Find your district’s representative here.

    • RSVP: RSVP to this page to follow important announcements like the summer hearing date as soon as it is announced. We need you to join us at the city council to celebrate the impact of worker cooperatives and demonstrate widespread support for this ordinance!

    RSVP BELOW TO RECEIVE IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS ABOUT THE VOTE!

  • Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 09:00 AM through March 30, 2019
    Exact venue TBD in Oakland, CA

    NPDN-2

    March 27-29, 2019

    Oakland, California

    Application due December 5th, 2018

    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. 

    Participants in the inaugural Nonprofit Democracy Network

    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.

    More details:

    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.

    For more information and to apply: Fill out this Application by December 5th, and we will get back to you by the end of December.

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