What if one of the largest community centers and venue spaces in the Bay Area was run in a spirit of radical generosity, by a volunteer collective where everybody is a leader?
They’re trying to do just that, at the Omni Oakland Commons, a community resource center and venue space self-organized by thirteen Bay Area collectives that work towards social justice, radical pedagogy, arts production, citizen science and DIY practices.
“Prioritizing the needs of marginalized and oppressed communities, the Omni hosts educational programs, hands-on workshops, discussion groups, performances, art openings and other events in a manner that strives always to place human needs over private interests and corporate profit.”
While the specifics of Omni’s programs may not be directly translatable to Redding, their ideas are intriguing for broad-minded churches and other owners of local, semi-public, community spaces:
Omni Commons is located at 4799 Shattuck, Oakland, CA, two blocks from Dona Tomas, one of my favorite restaurants.