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!

  • Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 07:00 AM
    Oakland Running Festival in Oakland, CA

    Oakland Running Festival!

    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 to make a worker-run Oakland a reality! 

    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.Support one of your favorite squad members!

     
     

    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.Bay_Area_Black_Worker_Center_BABWC_logo_2.png

     

    Support your favorite run-raiser! Or just donate to the Law Center page by clicking on our logo below!

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  • Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 09:30 AM · 23 rsvps

    Workers Run Oakland Picnic Party

    Join us on Sunday, March 24th, for a picnic to celebrate the final day of our Workers Run Oakland fundraising campaign!

    Bay Area Black Worker Center is fighting for the rights and dignity of black workers!

    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.

    If you can't find us, please call Chris Tittle at 510-717-9335! He will help you figure out where we are.

    Please come celebrate with us! RSVP below!

    Sustainable Economies Law Center!

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

    Tools for Collective Self-Governance: A Nonprofit Democracy Network Gathering

    March 27-29, 2019

    Oakland, California

    The deadline to apply has already passed...sign up here to learn about future opportunities

    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.

  • Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 05:00 PM · 6 rsvps
    Hawk & Pony in Oakland, CA

    Workplace Democracy Happy Hour

     

    Calling Friends, Fans & Volunteers!

    Please join Sustainable Economies Law Center for an evening of drinks, snacks, and stories of cultivating community resilience on Thurs, March 28, at Hawk & Pony (just a short walk from MacArthur BART station)!

    Who'll be at this event?!

    1. SELC friends, fans, and volunteers,
    2. Members from our #WorkersRunOakland marathon squad, and
    3. Members of the Nonprofit Democracy Network, including staff from Sustainable Economies Law Center, Community Development Project, 350 Seattle, Reflex Design Collective, and more! 

    Meet our #WorkersRunOakland Marathon Team!

    This is a great opportunity to meet our Oakland Running Festival team in person and learn more about the Workers' Run Oakland campaign! Each of our runners has committed to running for economic democracy at the Oakland Running Festival taking place on March 24, Sunday. Come out and join us in cheers-ing our runners with a pre-race toast!

    Meet the Nonprofit Democracy Network!

    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.

    See you there!

    Participants in the inaugural Nonprofit Democracy Network

     

  • Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 05:00 PM · 9 rsvps
    Ashland Market & Cafe in Ashland, CA

    Pop-Up 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 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. 

  • Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 05:00 PM · $5.00 USD
    Alchemy Collective Cafe in Berkeley, CA

    Intro to Employment Law for Worker Cooperatives

    Think Outside the Boss: Intro to Employment Law for Worker Cooperatives

    In collaboration with the Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives, we are providing regular teach-ins that go through our legal guide for starting and operating worker cooperatives, Think Outside the Boss

    We'll be presenting sections of Think Outside the Boss over multiple sessions over the next few months. Our second teach-in will cover:

    • How does employment law change the way worker coop members work together?

    • What does it mean for worker owners to have an employee?

    • In a worker cooperative, should members be treated as employees or owners?

    • What do worker owners need to know to protect themselves, other members, and marginalized communities?

    If you are an entrepreneur, an existing business owner thinking about succession planning, or an existing worker coop with worker-members or candidates looking to skill up (Principle 5!), this training is for you! >>> RSVP BELOW!

    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.

    Future teach-ins will cover:

    • What is a worker-owned cooperative business?

    • What are advantages of forming a cooperative business?

    • What are legal entities and what should you consider before forming one? 

    • How do you spread ownership and control across a group of people?

    • What are models of participatory management and democratic governance?

    • How do you raise money for a cooperative?

    • What are the tax and accounting issues in a cooperative?

    • How do you convert to a worker cooperative? 

    At our Think Outside the Boss Teach-in Series in collaboration with NoBAWC, attorneys, law students, and experienced cooperative professionals will give short presentations on legal issues, governance structures, financing, cooperative conversion, and more! We'll even have worker owners talk from their experience about why they chose to navigate the murky waters of the law the way they did. At our teach-ins, we'll have bound copies of the Think Outside the Boss manual for sale! You can also download it for free prior to the event here

    This event is being sponsored by the Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives. All ticket sales are split with NoBAWC to support their work to provide education, resources, and training to their members.

    Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives

    The Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives is a grassroots organization of democratic workplaces dedicated to building workplace democracy in the Bay Area and beyond. All local worker-cooperatives are encouraged to become members, go to the website to get involved (nobawc.org).

    No one will be turned away for lack of funds!

    If you are unable to pay for a ticket below or would like to pay in person at the teach-in, please email Ricardo at ricardo@theselc.org.

  • Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 05:00 PM
    Alchemy Collective Cafe

    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 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, an awesome worker-owned cafe! They've hosted us once a month since 2012! For free! Thank you Alchemy!

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

  • Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 05:00 PM
    Mission Asset Fund in San Francisco, CA

    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 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 hosted by Mission Asset Fund, a nonprofit org that creates a fair financial marketplace for hardworking families. 

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

  • Wednesday, May 08, 2019 at 05:00 PM
    APEN (Chinatown Office) in Oakland, CA

    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 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 hosted by Asian Pacific Environmental Network, a nonprofit that builds and expands a powerful membership base of low income API immigrant and refugee communities. Meet legal volunteers from the Sustainable Economies Law Center and the Asian American Bar Association!

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

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