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ADDRESS:

Omni Commons

4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

Parking:

There is no parking lot available, but there is ample street parking. Please take a look at the map on the left to find out the best place to park / public-transit in

 

Built in 1934 as the Ligure Club, a neighborhood center for the local Italian-American community, the building served as a social nexus predominantly for the Oakland Scavenger Association, the largely Genoese refuse collectors who formed one of the Bay Area’s first worker-owned and operated co-operatives. From this time until the early 1980s, it served as the site for not only countless social events (concerts, dances, banquets, weddings, birthday parties), but major civic gatherings and lectures. Public speeches by the likes of presidents (Richard Nixon) and supreme court justices (Earl Warren) filled the building to capacity, along with regularly-held forums on local politics. Even sporting events like boxing matches and bocce ball tournaments were regularly held at the building.

As the neighborhood changed, by the early 1980s the building transitioned first to a community-centered club called The White House before becoming the infamous Omni nightclub and grill from the mid-80s through the 90s. Focusing mainly on rock and local metal scenes, it featured innumerable local musicians as well as well-known performers.

From the mid-90s onward the property was carefully stewarded by a thoughtful couple who returned the building to its more diverse traditional use - albeit on a smaller scale - with a mixture of occasional social events (dances, weddings, birthday parties) as well as civic ones (political forums, neighborhood meetings), while also making it their workplace and home. This continued until mid-2014, at which time the Omni Commons assumed possession.

The Omni Commons, in its current form, is comprised of thirteen Bay Area collectives with a shared political vision of more equitable common-ing of resources and meeting human needs over private interests or corporate profit. This collaboration emerged from the Occupy Movement, with the goal of providing the community with a wide range of diverse resources and multiple meeting spaces for all of Oakland to participate in.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

If you're walking to and from BART at night, we recommend that you travel in groups.

If you're driving, please remember not to leave any valuables in your vehicle.