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!

  • Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 05:00 PM · 8 rsvps
    Law Center Office in Oakland, CA

    Legal Cafe at 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. 

    Notes:

    1. To reserve a 30 minute one-on-one consultation slots with one of our attorneys, please RSVP below;

    2. After RSVPing, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with a link to our intake form! Please fill it out as soon as you can;

    3. Registration is first-come, first-serve and closes 40 minutes before the end time listed.

     

     

     

  • Monday, October 28, 2019 at 06:00 PM
    San Francisco Women Against Rape in San Francisco, CA

    Legal Cafe at SFWAR

    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. 

    For this Legal Cafe, we're partnering with volunteer lawyers from the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area. 

    Notes:

    1. To reserve a 30 minute one-on-one consultation slots with one of our attorneys, please RSVP below;

    2. After RSVPing, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with a link to our intake form! Please fill it out as soon as you can;

    3. Registration is first-come, first-serve and closes 40 minutes before the end time listed.

     

     

     

  • Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 05:30 PM · $10.00 USD · 5 rsvps
    Online Session

    Cooperative Mastermind Session #1

    Co-op Principle #6: COOPERATION AMONG COOPERATIVES

    Co-ops believe working together is the best strategy to empower their members and build a stronger co-op economy.

     

    As a follow up to our most recent Think Outside the Boss Series, we are hosting Cooperative Mastermind Sessions on alternating months to provide cooperative minded people a place to connect with industry experts.

    Whether you are just starting out, or are looking to expand your cooperative, these mastermind sessions are designed to connect you with already existing networks and expertise. 

    Attend our Cooperative Mastermind sessions to learn from cooperative development professionals and worker owners in facilitated, break-out Q&A sessions.

     

    Attending Speakers

     

    Laura Smoot - Rye Financial and US Federation of Worker Cooperatives

    Laura Smoot is the Operations Manager for the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, and believes that worker cooperatives are one of the most exciting tools we have for building a more just, more sustainable and more peaceful world. She has been working with cooperatives in Philadelphia, the Bay Area, and nationally in various capacities since 2012: cook, bookkeeper, education & outreach coordinator, meeting facilitator--and was an Administrative Coordinator of the Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives (NoBAWC) from 2015-2016. 

    Daniella Preisler, Home Green Home SF

    Daniela Preisler is from Chile and arrived in the United States in 2012. She is the mom of a 14-year old teenage daughter, whom she considers to the engine of her life. For the last three years she has been a part of the ecofriendly housecleaning cooperative, Home Green Home in San Francisco, where she is the general manager. She considers this experience as a big responsibility to herself, her Socias, the co-op community and Latinas! Another objective and value for Daniella is personal growth and development, and that of her fellow worker-owners. Most recently, she has completed half of her yearlong Cooperative Developer Fellowship with Prospera, received hands on professional development experience and is getting ready to be a Certified Community Coach and a co-op developer!


    Ricardo Nunez, Sustainable Economies Law Center

    Ricardo S. Nuñez is currently the Director of Economic Democracy at the Sustainable Economies Law Center where he co-coordinates educational programs, legal services, and policy advocacy to create pathways for grassroots economic development. He endeavors to co-create policies, structures, and institutions that empower communities to liberate themselves from systems of economic and social oppression. He is on the board of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and the California Center for Cooperative Development. He is also becoming a lawyer without going to law school through California’s Law Office Study Program (likelincoln.org). Previously, Ricardo was a Rural Education Development specialist with the Peace Corps in Kasama, Zambia. Ricardo will be forever indebted to the strong, proud, and gracious women who introduced him to cooperative economics in the villages of Zambia. 

     

    Greg Jackson, Sustainable Economies Law Center & East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative

    Greg is an Equal Justice Works Fellow within the Center's Housing and Cooperatives programs. Greg assists the East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative as Partnership Director. His fellowship work is focused on educating Black residents in East Oakland through a book club and workshop series, laying the groundwork for sovereign grassroots economic development rooted in community ownership, resource sharing, and collective decision making. As a new attorney, Greg's focus areas include contracts, securities, & real estate.

     

     

    NO one turned away for lack of funds

     


    We would like to thank Village-Connect for co-hosting this workshop! We are excited to partner with Village connect to build the capacity of people to become more self-aware and self-directed, resulting in sustainable, positive transformation. Village connect has been in existence for over 20 years, instilling core values of communication, respect, love, and trust.

    REPAIRED NATIONS creates redress for historic trends of colonization and oppression through cooperative training and development for collective ownership. Initially, REPAIRED NATIONS focuses on building wealth in Black communities by giving youth the tools needed to remain rooted: access to land and access to capital. Bookclubs, Workshops, and Trainings will educate and inspire communities to engage in cooperative effort, while giving grounded, practical skills for collective ownership.

    Repaired Nations works to awaken the cooperative power of black communities.

    Please help us spread the wordCo-presented with the Repaired Nations and Village-Connect!

  • Tuesday, November 05, 2019 at 05:00 PM
    Cooperation Richmond in Richmond, CA

    Legal Cafe at Cooperation Richmond

    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. 

    Cooperation Richmond is co-hosting this Legal Cafe. Cooperation Richmond is a not-for-profit cooperative incubator. It is a one-stop-shop for the incubation, education, training, mentorship and capital support required to create, convert, and continue to develop successful cooperative enterprises in Richmond that build community controlled wealth by and for low-income communities and communities of color in Richmond whose wealth has been extracted.

    Notes:

    1. To reserve a 30 minute one-on-one consultation slot with one of our attorneys, please RSVP below;

    2. After RSVPing, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with a link to our intake form! Please fill it out as soon as you can;

    3. Registration is first-come, first-serve and closes 40 minutes before the end time listed.

     

     

  • Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 05:00 PM · 5 rsvps
    Alchemy Collective Cafe in Berkeley, CA

    Legal Cafe at Alchemy Collective Cafe

    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. 

    Alchemy Collective Cafe has hosted us almost every month since 2015 for free! They're a badass worker-owned cooperative cafe so please show them so love by buying a cup of coffee when you come to our Legal Cafe! 

    Notes:

    1. To reserve a 30 minute one-on-one consultation slots with one of our attorneys, please RSVP below;

    2. After RSVPing, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with a link to our intake form! Please fill it out as soon as you can;

    3. Registration is first-come, first-serve and closes 40 minutes before the end time listed.

    Everyone is welcome to attend this cafe.

     

     

     

  • Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 09:00 AM · $25.00 USD
    TBD

    Think Outside the Boss: November 2019

    Why didn't we think of it sooner? Cooperatives!

    Think Outside the Boss

    Think Outside the Boss provides community members an introduction into the nuts and bolts of starting and running a cooperatively owned business. We go over legal issues in an accessible way to help you understand the relationships between cooperatives, employment, and community wealth-building. If you are an entrepreneur starting a business, an existing business owner thinking about succession plans, or an existing worker coop looking for a refresher, this training is for you! 

    Food and drinks provided!

    Think Outside the Boss Manual!

    Attorneys, law students, and experienced cooperative professionals will give short presentations on legal issues, governance structures, financing, cooperative conversion, and more -- including resources and information on:

      • What is a worker-owned business?
      • What are advantages of forming a cooperative business?
      • How do you spread ownership and control across a group of people?
      • What are the steps and tax benefits for selling your business to your employees?
      • How do you raise money for a cooperative?
      • What are the tax and accounting issues in a cooperative?
      • How does employment laws effect worker coops?

    Download Think Outside the Boss for free prior to the event here.

    The event will include breakout groups where you can dive deeper into cooperative conversions, speak with worker members, speak with cooperative attorneys, and more! 

    We would like to thank Village-Connect for sponsoring this workshop! We are excited to partner with Village connect to build the capacity of people to become more self-aware and self-directed, resulting in sustainable, positive transformation. Village connect has been in existence for over 20 years, instilling core values of communication, respect, love, and trust.

    REPAIRED NATIONS creates redress for historic trends of colonization and oppression through cooperative training and development for collective ownership. Initially, REPAIRED NATIONS focuses on building wealth in Black communities by giving youth the tools needed to remain rooted: access to land and access to capital. Bookclubs, Workshops, and Trainings will educate and inspire communities to engage in cooperative effort, while giving grounded, practical skills for collective ownership.

    Repaired Nations works to awaken the cooperative power of black communities.

    Please help us spread the wordCo-presented with the Repaired Nations and Village-Connect!

    We are looking for volunteers to support this workshop. If you are interested in attending and would like to volunteer, please email greg@theselc.org!

    No one turned away for lack of funds!

     

  • Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 05:00 PM · 2 rsvps
    Alchemy Collective Cafe in Berkeley, CA

    Legal Cafe at Alchemy Collective Cafe

    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.

    Instructions:

    1. To reserve a 30 minute one-on-one consultation slots with one of our attorneys, please RSVP below;

    2. After RSVPing, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with a link to our intake form;

    3. Please fill out the intake form!
    4. Registration closes 40 minutes before the end time listed.

       

     

     

     

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