Teach-Ins

Our Legal Cafes often pair advice sessions with a "teach-in." Teach-ins are practical, participatory, and action oriented discussions around food, housing, livelihoods, transportation, and more! Through these trainings and guided discussions on specific legal issues, the Law Center hopes to inform and empower our communities towards resiliency.

Got a Teach-In Idea? Don't be shy! We're always looking to host conversations that are relevant to our communities, even if the topic isn't legal in nature. We want to hold space to discuss how we would navigate the thorny issues of an economy that is owned, controlled, and benefit our communities, and how we can get there! Feel free to email our Legal Cafe Teach-in Coordinator, Tia Katrina Taruc-Myers, at tia@theselc.org with your ideas and suggestions.   

Check out our upcoming teach-ins below!

  • Thursday, February 04, 2021 at 03:30 PM PST · 28 rsvps
    Zoom

    Teach-in: Worker Coops Topic TBD

    Hello amazing cooperators! We wanted to let you know that we’ll be hosting a teach-in based on feedback from the worker cooperative community in the Bay Area. We’ve sent a request for ideas to our friend in the Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives community and will update this event page as soon as we hear what legal challenges they’d like to learn more about!

    We’ll also be joined by a Kieron Slaughter, Chief Community Development Officer at the City of Berkeley’s Office of Economic Development, to share how Berkeley businesses can access the Berkeley Revolving Loan Fund, particularly in light of the coop-friendly amendments that went into effect in 2020 and the influx of CARES-funded no/low-interest loans (so exciting!).

    We’d like to thank the City of Berkeley for sponsoring this event and making more resources available to grow the cooperative economy in Berkeley!

    If you are an entrepreneur, a business owner thinking about succession planning or transitioning to an employee owned company, or a worker coop with worker-members or candidates looking to skill up (Principle 5!), this training is for you!

    ASL interpretation will be provided.

  • Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 02:00 PM PST · 15 rsvps
    Zoom

    Teach-In: Property Law

    banner with radical real estate law school logo and text - teach-in: what law school teaches about property law (vs what we teach) presented by hope williams and photo of a group of people listening to a presentation

    Our vision is to decommodify land and housing so that all people can exercise their right to live, work, and gather together. The problem is that the law legitimizes the practice of treating land and housing as commodities. The dominant model of real estate ownership and speculation drives inequality, the racial wealth gap, and ecosystem destruction. The solution is to challenge the deeply entrenched legal doctrines and cultural norms that make us believe that land justice and universal housing is impossible.

    In this webinar, Hope Williams - the Law Center's Director of Resident Empowerment - will share how our Radical Real Estate Law School teaches Property Law and how our syllabus empowers our legal apprentices (and hopefully others) to think more creatively and compassionately than if they were learning in a traditional law school format. 

    This teach-in will be recorded and posted on our blog. If you need Spanish Language or American Sign Language interpretation, please email Tia (tia@theselc.org) with Subject Line "Interpretation Request - for [mm/dd/yyyy] event." We will do our best to accommodate your request.

    About the Presenter

    Hope is a legal apprentice at the Sustainable Economies Law Center! She is excited to finally begin her path to becoming an attorney advocate that helps black and brown marginalized communities. Devoted to housing rights and organizing people power to fight the oppressive white supermacist regime, Hope spends most of her time making sure that the law is accessible to the people. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a bachelors in Political Science. As the Assistant Director of their legal center, she organized events that revolved around housing, immigration, and mass incarceration. During and after school, Hope worked for one of the most powerful unions in the world: Local 2 UniteHere!. They trained her on how to boycott, organize, and agitate. She has been arrested twice with them.

  • Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 12:00 PM PST · 31 rsvps
    Zoom

    Teach-in: Subchapter T & How Money Flows Through a Cooperative

    Are you getting ready to do your taxes? In this teach-in our Director of Economic Democracy, Ricardo Nuñez, will provide an introduction to the powerful way that worker cooperatives equitably distribute wealth and why it matters for your cooperative’s taxes! He’ll cover:

    ✅ How does money flow through a cooperative business?
    ✅ What are some of the tax and accounting issues in a cooperative?
    ✅ What cooperative specific tax benefits exist and how can your cooperative take advantage of them? 

    We’ll also be joined by a Kieron Slaughter, Chief Community Development Officer at the City of Berkeley’s Office of Economic Development, to share how Berkeley businesses can access the Berkeley Revolving Loan Fund, particularly in light of the coop-friendly amendments that went into effect in 2020 and the influx of CARES-funded no/low-interest loans (so exciting!).

    We’d like to thank the City of Berkeley for sponsoring this event and making more resources available to grow the cooperative economy in Berkeley!

    If you are an entrepreneur, a business owner thinking about succession planning or transitioning to an employee owned company, or a worker coop with worker-members or candidates looking to skill up (Principle 5!), this training is for you!

    ASL interpretation will be provided.

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