Policy Cafe & CA State Legislature Teach-in @ Sustainable Economies Law Center
Oct 18 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

       Anyone can make policy.

Do you have an idea to change your community for the better? Do you have questions about policymaking on a local or state level? Do you want to explore your inner policymaker?

Come get answers, ideas, and strategies from our center’s staff, experienced attorneys and policymakers!

This is a two-part event (You can come to both, or either!)

  1. From 5:00PM – 6:00 PM, there will be a teach-in on navigating the CA State Legislature! You’ll learn about the process of organizing a CA legislative campaign, how to work with legislators and their staff, how laws get written and amended, how to research California statutes, and some tips and strategies for success in state-level policy advocacy.You’ll hear anecdotes from our staff, Christina Oatfield and Cameron Rhudy, about their years of adventures in and around our state capitol.
  2. From 6:00PM to 7:30PM, we’ll be hosting a Policy Cafe and offering individualized consultations for folks who want to discuss their specific ideas and get advice on questions such as:
  • What are the next steps after I have come up with my policy idea?
  • How do I draft a policy proposal?
  • How do I approach council members, county supervisors, or other legislators about my idea?
  • How do I navigate the legislative process?
  • In what ways can my nonprofit participate in policy advocacy?

The Policy Cafe will provide direct support to individuals and groups who are working to create new solutions for resilient local economies through policymaking and is part of our Transformative Policymakers project. It’s modeled after our Resilient Communities Legal Cafe, which provides donation-based legal advice for the community.

For questions, please contact our Director of Community Engagement, Eunice Kwon, at

DATE: Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

TIME: 5:00PM – 7:30PM.

LOCATION: Sustainable Economies Law Center, 1428 Franklin St. Oakland, CA 94612.

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Waffles & Zapatistas @ Omni Commons
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Waffles & Zapatismo Classes – The next 2 classes on Zapatismo are scheduled for September 23 and October 21, 2017.

Sept 23rd is the fifth in a series of classes and discussions that include Zapatista history, projects and thinking. This fifth class will focus on the EZLN’s re-emergence on December 21, 2012  and its subsequent re-statement of the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle, the EZLN’s current political analysis.

We’ll also discuss the Escuelitas zapatistas (Little Zapatista Schools), the murder of Compañero Galeano, the “death” of SCI Marcos and his rebirth as SCI Galeano. Classes are free and open to all those interested in learning about the Zapatista movement, which governs its own territory through an anti-capitalist government parallel to that of the Mexican State.

We’ll be serving waffles and Zapatista coffee. Classes are held downstairs

Chiapas Support Committee/Comité de Apoyo a Chiapas
P.O. Box 3421, Oakland, CA  94609