Dear friends,
Last week, I emailed a big update about my work and asked people to contribute to the Sustainable Economies Law Center. Today, SELC has $3,800 left to raise to get a $10,000 matching grant tomorrow. Can you help us?  Here's the link to contribute.

My serious note: Normally, I send cartoons to inspire people to support SELC, and this email is no exception. But on a more serious note, I want to say that SELC has historically gotten a lot of important work done with almost no wiggle room in our budget. In October, when a group of Chinese-American farmers got hit with heartbreaking fines that threatened to shut down their farms and way of life, SELC jumped in to advocate for the farmers, and we've been involved ever since. We didn't feel we had the time or resources to help the farmers, but we did anyway, because the incident has broad implications. That's how SELC works. We just dive in and do stuff when it really matters and when it will have a big impact. In the long run, we really can't do this without building a solid base of individual supporters, and I'm emailing because I'm hoping you will become part of that base. 

And below are 12 videos to get you inspired about SELC. Also, attached are lists of our 2011 and 2012 accomplishments (one of which features 20 cartoon drawings).
  1. Raising Dough: A silly 45-second video about our work to raise money this week. 
  2. A Day in the Life of SELC: A fun 43-second video depicting a day in the life of SELC.
  3. Legal Roots of Resilience: A 4-minute cartoon about legal barriers to creating resilient communities.
  4. Housing for an Economically Sustainable Future: 8-minute cartoon about cooperative housing law. 
  5. Economy Sandwich: A 9-minute cartoon all about the legal grey areas that arise in the sharing economy.
  6. Citylicious: A 9-minute cartoon all about legal issues that arise in connection to urban agriculture.
  7. Share Spray: A fun 5-minute animation about how sharing will transform the world, made in collaboration with the Center for a New American Dream.
  8. Legal Eats: A 14-part video series on legal topics relevant to starting a community-based food enterprise, made in collaboration with the Green Collar Communities Clinic - featuring more cartoons!
  9. Think Outside the Boss: An 8-part video series on legal topics relevant to starting a worker cooperative, made in collaboration with the Green Collar Communities Clinic - featuring more cartoons!
  10. Community Renewable Energy Webinar: An hour-long webinar on creating community-owned renewable energy projects.
  11. The Legal Landscape of Social Enterprise and the Sharing Economy - featuring SELC's co-founders Jenny Kassan and Janelle Orsi - featuring more cartoons!
  12. Mr. Bread Tells the Story of the California Homemade Food ActA 90-second movie featuring talking bread with googly eyes. Yes, SELC staff do get a little silly sometimes. 
Again, here's the link to give support. Please forward widely as well. Thank you so much!
Janelle Orsi, Executive Director
Sustainable Economies Law Center
436 14th Street, Suite 1120, Oakland, CA 94612
(760) 569-6782
SELC's New Book: Practicing Law in the Sharing Economy (ABA Books 2012)