[Noisebridge-discuss] Fwd: The Omni Commoner, May 2016 Edition!
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From: Omni Commons <announce at lists.omnicommons.org>
Date: Mon, May 23, 2016 at 7:28 PM
Subject: The Omni Commoner, May 2016 Edition!
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The Omni Commoner
*Issue 2, May 2016*
The Omni Commons currently hosts a dozen collectives committed to the
mission of equity and community. We’re actively recruiting new members for
existing groups as well as entirely new organizations to collaborate with
us. Please visit *omnicommons.org/wiki*
to learn more, or contact *info at omnicommons.org* <info at omnicommons.org>
with inquiries on how to participate!
Big changes are continuing on the exterior of the building. The Italian
Cypress trees along Shattuck Ave have been pruned to overhead height
allowing better egress and visibility.
High definition night vision security cameras have been installed on the
Shattuck-facing and main entrances. New street lights have been installed
along the building on Shattuck by the Temescal Business Improvement
We recently passed our 2016 fire inspection for the ballroom! In addition,
we designed and built our evacuation maps for the building in-house, and
daresay the Omni Commons may now host the largest evacuation maps in the
Are you connected to an aligned group looking for occasional or permanent
space? We have space available and are actively seeking new member
collectives to rent it out! Apply to be a member collective at*
We’re always welcoming new volunteers to participate in various working
groups - in particular finance, building & maintenance, commons (event
management), and fundraising. Check the calendar for the next working group
meeting, or visit *omnicommons.org/lists*
to join the relevant mailing list.
DONATE NOW TO KEEP US GOING!
*Updates From Member Collectives*
The Omni Fair, part of the Bay Area-wide Open Engagement conference, was a
great success! Thanks to everyone who came out, and to our panel guests
from Qulture Collective, 924 Gilman, Black Salt Collective, and Design
Check out the photos
This Tuesday, May 31st, Liberated Lens will be showing *Petals in the Dust:
The Endangered Indian Girls*
as part of this month's local filmmaker series. Doors open at 7pm, film
starts at 7:30. Director Nyna Pais Caputi will be in attendance for Q&A
afterwards! Free snacks and popcorn!
Representatives from Counter Culture Labs, Biocurious, and the Open Insulin
Project participated in a panel on DIY Biology at this weekend's Maker
Fair. Check out photos of the panel and the rest of Maker Faire 2016 from
CCL member and globetrotting DIY Bio documentarian Daily Laurel here
Donate much-needed items from our Wishlist - we are especially in need of
cleaning supplies, nice bookshelves and building materials!
Have a Question?
Chances are the answer is already on our website or wiki at omnicommons.org
- Come visit and send us a comment or feedback at *info at omnicommons.org*
<info at omnicommons.org>
or check out the calendar of ongoing events at *omnicommons.org/calendar*
*Fundraising / Buy the Building / Until the Revolution Working Group*, 6pm
in the Blue Classroom - Working on fundraising strategies for the Omni and
the logistical tasks toward buying the building - until the revolution,
when property becomes obsolete.
*Synthetic Biology, Biohacking and Cheese*, every other Monday at 7pm in
Counter Culture Labs – Real Vegan Cheese is a not a cheese substitute! It
all starts with regular old baker’s yeast. Through synthetic biology, we
engineer our yeast to become milk-protein factories. Our milk proteins are
then combined with water and vegan oil to make Vegan Milk which is
ultimately converted into Real Vegan Cheese through standard cheese-making
processes – just like cheese made from cow or goat milk!
*The Art of Science, the Science of Art*, 4th Mondays at 7pm in Counter
Culture Labs - Come by CCL at Omni Commons to show, tell and share anything
that you are interested in relating to the intersection of art with
science, math and engineering.
*Hardware Hack Night*, 7pm in Sudo Room - Come learn about any aspect of
hardware hacking and hack with others. The *giant robot arm*
would like to let you know that everyone is welcome.
*Biohackers and Mad Scientists Social*, 7pm in Counter Culture Labs - Come
meet our Biohackers and other Mad Scientists in our new space at the Omni
Commons to discuss science, brainstorm projects, learn more about Counter
Culture Labs, and plot world domination. And hey – free pizza! See you
*Birdhouse Art Collective Weekly Meetups* - 7-9pm in the Omni Entrance
Hall. More info *here*
*Film Night @ The Omni*, every other Tuesday, 7pm in the Disco Room -
Regular film screenings hosted by resident radical film-making member
collective Liberated Lens.
*Sudo Room Weekly Social*, 7pm in Sudo Room - Open to all! Potluck!
*East Bay Homes Not Jails Meeting*, 7pm in the Blue Classroom - Homes Not
Jails is a consensus-based collective of squatters and squat supporters who
believe housing is a human right. Our goal is to open as much vacant
housing as possible and to keep it open as long as possible.
*Fermentation Station MycoFermentoOmniMondo*, 7pm in Counter Culture Labs
- A Chatauqua style event with several hands on activities going on
concurrently with occasional focus for attendees on one or more of the
activities. Sort of a three ring circus style in a sideshow presentation
with a potluck format.
*Open Source Insulin*, 7pm in Counter Culture Labs - Developing the first
open source protocol to produce insulin simply and economically. Our work
may serve as a basis for generic production of this life-saving drug and
provide a firmer foundation for continued research into improved versions
*BACE Timebank Monthly Meetups*, 1st Wednesdays at 6:30pm in the Treatment
Room - The Bay Area Community Exchange Timebank promotes and facilitates
the use of Time instead of money in the exchange of goods and services.
*Omni Delegates Meeting*, 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 7pm in the Ballroom -
Open to all! We’ll give space for brief announcements, updates from working
groups, proposals up for consensus, and discussion around important issues.
*Commons Working Group*, 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 7pm in the Entrance Hall
- Coordinates scheduling, maintenance, and use of the common spaces. We
discuss issues that arise in the commons, meet with folks who have in-depth
questions about the space, and review pending event requests.
*Finance Working Group*, 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 6pm in the Blue Classroom
- Mission: To ensure the continued financial health of the Omni Commons.
or ignore each other while we code (up to you). Self-paced, and all
experience levels welcome!
*BAAM Mushroom Lab*, 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 6:30pm in CCL - This meetup is
for people interested in mushroom cultivation at all experience levels.
Beginners (primordia) are welcome, and experienced cultivators are
encouraged to bring their own ideas, cultures, and experiments to the table.
Featured Recent & Upcoming Events
*May 19, 7-10pm - Wild Fermentation! Ferment Change! with Sandor Katz*
Author Sandor Katz will join with the Phat Beetz Youth Pickle Co and
Ferment Change! For a night of fermentation, discussion, and tastings! This
is a culture swap and potluck, please bring something to share!
*May 20, 7:30-11pm - 16th Antika Bulgaria Kick-Off!*
Like ethnic, deep rootsy music? Like bass-y music, (dub step, d’n’b,
hip-hop)? Didgeridoo? Bulgarian folklore, drone-y chanting songs/harmonies
…. Put it all together and you get ORATNITZA, straight from Sofia,
Bulgaria! The local SF-based Balkan-inspired LA PÊCHE will open with
traditional and original Balkan songs! The night will end with acoustic
bag-pipe set by a Bulgarian ex-pat heavy-weight, and revered Bulgarian
folklore legend, Vassil Bebelekov. Expect line dancing, holding hands, as
well as freaky new age-y moves!
*May 21, 7-11pm - Y.E.S. Fundraiser - Rhythm and Groove of Africa*
Global Communication Services presents a fundraiser event for youth
empowerment services afterschool progrsams. Featuring Ankanke, Sankofa
Akili Dance, Ensemble, Takuma King, DJ World Music, Come and enjoy some
African food and drink, music and craft!
*May 27, 6-10pm - Community, Connect!*
Join EBCOHO Member Patricia Mikkelson at the Omni Commons this Tuesday for
an evening of meaningful fun and empathy where you very likely could:
• make new friends and deepen existing friendships
• find potential clients and housemates
• expand your knowledge of the life-changing activities going on in the Bay
• discover kindred spirits with common interests with whom you can
*May 27-29, 10am-9pm - Capoeira Mandinga Batizado and Women's Event*
The objective of this multi-day Women’s Event is to provide an environment
in which to showcase the work of women that have been inspirational to us
and have laid a path for others in capoeira.This event will be open to all.
Recurring Events (cont.)
*Hegel for Communists*, 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 7pm in the Treatment Room -
Studies and close readings in Hegel’s *Phenomenology of Mind*.
*Bernard Stiegler Reading Group*, 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 6:45pm in the
Disco Room - We will begin by making our way through Bernard Stiegler’s
Technics and Time, 1 // The Fault of Epimetheus. We will keep a blog to
follow the group: bernardstiegler.tumblr.com
*Heidegger for Mystics,* 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 7pm in the Blue Classroom.
This reading group will investigate Heidegger’s esoteric and “poetic”
writings about language and the event, texts composed approximately between
*Synthetic Biology project: Engineer an evolved bacterial sunscreen*,
10:30am-12pm in Counter Culture Labs - Come get your hands dirty with some
of the most advanced genetic engineering concepts – synthetic biology,
directed evolution, and more!
*Open Insulin Lab Day*, 12-3pm in Counter Culture Labs - Regular meeting to
do lab work.
*Oakland Jericho: Prisoner Writing & Analysis*, 3-5pm in the Basement Hall
- We will review prisoner writings for the purpose of analyzing their
thoughts, views and revolutionary ideologies and develop a working model in
which we are able to publish their writings so others may learn and
benefit. In addition, we will be writing our CA Political Prisoners, and
others- in order to get to know their needs, form relationships and provide
services per Oakland Jericho’s missives for Political Prisoners.
*Community Democracy Project Weekly Meet Up*, 6:30pm in the Basement Hall -
Participatory democracy is real democracy–join us to say: Local People,
Local Resources, Local Power!
*Liberated Lens Weekly Meetup*, 7pm in the Ballroom Mezzanine - A radical
digital filmmaking collective at the Omni. *Contact to join, learn and
*Open Circle: Families Fighting for Justice!* - Every 4th Sunday from
in the Entrance Hall or Disco Room. Open Circle, first and foremost, is an
opportunity to build community with one another. Secondly, it is a space to
reflect and collaborate on strategies and actions to bring about justice
for the families who’ve lost loved ones to police terror and to bring an
end to these egregious crimes.
Thanks for reading!
*With love from:*
Agua Viva Cooperative Cafe - A worker-owned cafe dedicated to creating a
warm, public space for learning about the Omni, aiming to open by
*Bay Area Public School* - A free, self-organizing, anti-capitalist school
with radical and contestatory politics.
*Birdhouse Art Collective* - A new collective bringing art and artists to
the Omni Commons.
*Building Bloc* - A new collective for people who love Omni and want to
help it thrive!
*Chiapas Support Committee*
- Supporting autonomous health care and education in Zapatista communities.
*Counter Culture Labs* - A citizen science and DIYbio space that is open
*Food Not Bombs* - Bringing free food to parks, political events,
neighborhood gatherings, & social centers since 1991.
*Global Womens’ Strike* - Omni Collective: International network working
toward the return of military spending to the community, starting with
women, the main caregivers everywhere.
*Liberated Lens* - A radical film & video collective dedicated to social
*Phat Beets* - A food justice group building farmers markets and gardens in
- A place to build, learn, reclaim technology for the people, and create
alternatives to the tech industry.
*Timeless, Infinite Light* - An Oakland small press focused on contemporary
poetry and critical theory.
<info at omnicommons.org>
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