Is Community Owned Energy Possible in San Antonio & Fruitvale?
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (PST)
The Sustainable Economies Law Center is excited to invite the Energy Solidarity Cooperative to hold a FREE interactive teach-in on how communities can take control of their energy needs.
The Energy Solidarity Cooperative will answer questions like
- How do communities overcome barriers to local control of their fundamental energy resources? What are the possible solutions?
- What is 'energy justice?' How does energy justice create democratic, equitable, and resilient models of energy management?
- What is the Energy Solidarity Coop's mission, model and relevance to the San Antonio and Fruitvale communities?
- How can individuals and community based organizations be directly involved in, and impacted by, community owned renewable energy projects?
Community Owned Energy Teach-in 6:00 - 7:30pm
Donation based legal advice from 4:30 - 7:30pm
SELC believes that because our current economic systems prioritize corporate profits over community resilience, they destroy opportunities for satisfying and sustainable work, damage the environment that sustains us, and unravel our sense of connection to one another. That’s why SELC is committed to providing reliable, affordable, and accessible legal information and advice to the people who are creating alternative economic systems. Through this work, we can help form the enterprises and entrepreneurs that will ring in the new economy.
Those who want to create alternative economic structures have difficulty finding affordable and competent legal assistance because there are so few attorneys specialized in the legal needs of the sharing economy. Communities with high rates of unemployment and poverty will find the hurdles to launching new enterprises especially insurmountable. will give direct legal assistance to the residents of East Oakland, and at the same time create the reproducible model and resources to support similar programs around the country.
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Hosted by the Sustainable Economies Law Center
The Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) charts the changing legal territory of the new economy, educating communities and individuals about the possibilities and limits of creative economic structures, and advocating for laws that clear the way for more sustainable economic development. SELC provides essential legal tools — education, research, advice, and advocacy — to support this transition to localized, resilient economies. Our work focuses on practices that promote justice and sharing, including cooperatives, community currencies, community-supported enterprises, local investing, cohousing, urban agriculture, community renewable energy, and other innovative economic strategies.