We want to live in a society where reliable and affordable legal support is available to all those creating the transition to localized, resilient economies. The Resilient Communities Legal Cafe provides direct legal advice, workshops, teach-ins, discussions, and legal services to businesses and organizations that are trying to make their communities a better place to live and thrive.
We envision a widespread return of land to Indigenous stewardship, offering all people a liberatory vision for more nurturing and just ways of living with land and each other.
We envision a world where every person has a home, and housing is a right rather than a commodity.
We envision a world where communities create and control diverse food systems without extractive energy.
We want to live in a society where enterprises and assets are owned and controlled by the communities that depend on them for livelihoods, sustenance, and ecological well-being. SELC’s Cooperatives Program works to vastly expand the legal resources available to cooperative enterprises of all types.
At a time when immigrant communities are facing multiple threats and vulnerabilities, it is critical to fill the gap in resources for immigrant cooperatives and to support the leaders who are building economic resilience for their communities.
We want to live in cities filled with a diversity of micro-enterprises, urban farms, community markets, transportation-sharing, co-housing communities, shared housing options, cooperative enterprises, and a wide variety of economic solutions developed at the grassroots level. Our work includes identifying legal barriers; creating innovative policy recommendations; policy application and piloting; and collaboration with key partners -- keeping SELC on the cutting edge of the resilient cities movement and able to address the evolving legal landscape of the sharing economy.
We strive for a more just distribution of wealth and power by creating legal resources to aid donors in ethical redistribution.
We want to live in a world where every town and city has legal professionals assisting urban farms, worker cooperatives, food cooperatives, community-owned solar cooperatives, homemade food enterprises, housing cooperatives, nonprofits, and other projects that create local ownership, promote democratic control, and build community resilience.