At last night's sudoroom meeting, we were joined by omni's development
director. We spent the first 45 minutes arguing over whether to kick her
out of the meeting, because some anonymous person raised an anonymous
What was the concern? Because her family members had worked with People's
Programs. And because last time she raised a point about racial equity and
someone felt that she was accusing people of racism.
It's incredible to me that people don't see how racist this is. How are you
going to move to a community and then treat someone with SUSPICION for
having personal ties to other people who grew up here???
No matter what you think of PP's politics on their blog and twitter, you
have to accept that this group mostly grew up in Oakland, and people are
going to know each other. Local ties and allegiances and face to face
interactions are always going to be a counter force against Internet
abstractions. That's one of the beautiful things about having a local
Someone literally offered this heuristic: we should only have people in the
meeting who are "more connected to sudoroom than people programs". Really
think about what this means. A decision making process needs to prioritize
the voices of people whose allegiance is predetermined because they didn't
grow up here?? And exclude everyone else?
I must beg this community to stop falling into these kinds of patterns of
fear and insularity which DIRECTLY perpetuate white supremacy. At this
point I don't care what anybody's intention was. It was an incredibly
damaging path for sudoroom to be taken down.
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anyone have or know of a nintendo switch they want to sell? i don't know
anything about gaming, am buying for a gift for a friend, & I hear (
https://gamerant.com/nintendo-switch-buying-used-risk/) that there are
risks with buying used from untrustworthy sources.
(implied: trust of sudo)
*Be seeing you.*
The medial lab (which is what's been going on downstairs) wants to become a
member collective. We need to read this proposal so we can discuss it and
help our delegates represent us as this will probably come up for a vote
within the next couple of weeks!
see google doc link below
---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2023 16:20:42 -0800
From: Pallavi Kidambi <pallavi.kidambi(a)gmail.com>
To: consensus <consensus(a)lists.omnicommons.org>
Subject: [omni-consensus] Media Lab Collective Proposal
Hey Omni folks,
Here is our proposal to become an Omni member collective. I won't be able
to attend the delegates meeting tonight, FYI, but please email me if you
have any questions.
Multi-Disciplinary Artist and Educator, Development Consultant
This is a proposal I just saw by Philip Bell who's been working hard on Omni
for a while now, and is going to be the new Events lead in 2024 now that
Silver is stepping down.
I think we should take a close look at it, it seems really interesting and
might help us move forward in a way we haven't considered yet.
see the google doc link below!
---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Thu, Dec 21, 2023 at 7:30 PM
From: Philip Bell <ph.bell.cpe(a)gmail.com>
To: consensus(a)omnicommons.org, consensus <consensus(a)lists.omnicommons.org>
Subject: [omni-consensus] Omni Commons proposed building management organization
... my proposal presentation, happy to discuss
Omni Events Working Group
Note: see forwarded email below.
Sudoroom should have a meeting tonight at 8PM, as we have been doing recently
in these complicated times. Some of us meet in person and some join the
meeting remotely through our Jitsi video link at this address:
Since the below email was sent to the Consensus list (which is
subscription-only) I wanted to make sure sudoroom people could be aware of it.
Jemma can you please link us to the Peoples Programs proposal that you're in
Also I want to clear up a misunderstanding. Silver did not start this process
of Peoples Programs taking control of the Omni, that idea was brought up by
Rafiq of CLP, at the same time as CLP was blocking Omni from allowing TANC to
join as a member collective. I think it's clear that if TANC had been allowed
to join Omni, we would have found a new lender by now and not been in this
situation, especially if the boycott/embargo had not been introduced. So in a
sense, CLP has forced us into this relationship which was their idea in the
I think it would be great if Peoples Programs wanted to run Omni in a way that
was compatible with Sudoroom, but as much as I try to imagine that being
possible, I really don't believe it. I think we need to discuss the possible
outcomes of the directions we're considering, and what we can do to protect
our collective in case things don't turn out the way you are hoping they will.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Wed, 27 Dec 2023 12:03:50 -0800
From: Jemma Love <codejems(a)gmail.com>
To: consensus <consensus(a)lists.omnicommons.org>
Subject: [omni-consensus] Reflections on a New Omni Commons
I've been spending the last week reflecting on the conversations we've been
having over the recent proposal brought to us from Peoples Programs. First I
want to thank the many different voices which have given their time and energy
into discussing the matters at hand, sharing their concerns and their
excitements about what this future could look like. I want to directly thank a
few individuals who have helped to initiate this conversation and how they
have added to our community space as a whole.
I'd like to take a moment to thank Silver for their initiative in starting the
work in community building and outreach with Peoples Programs, and from what I
hear a lot of the initial work on getting this proposal started. As well,
because of Silver's recommendations we were able to bring in a few new and
talented people into the paid structure of Omni Commons that have made
exceptional additions in making the community space more active.
I want to thank Pallavi for coming in just after our last development and
grants fundraising person had left. Because of Pallavi's work in such a short
time, just over a month, we have a proposal sitting in front of us today that
allows for community ownership of the building, and not an anonymous lender or
a bank. It is also my understanding that Pallavi has done a lot of work in
making sure this proposal is as complete and thorough as can be and I greatly
appreciate that work.
When these discussions began I think I was coming at it from a place of
scarcity. Specifically, I was thinking how can we use our extremely limited
resources to scrounge up some kind of way to save the building, what options
are there for us to put things together, and if a new group like Peoples
Programs were to come in how could we even share the very limited space and
resources that we have. I think I was wrong to come to these conversations
within the mindset. After my reflections, I want to continue to move forward
in an abundance mindset where I do my best to imagine what does the future for
Omni potentially look like, including both the best and worst. I want to think
of what liberation means for our community, and I want to reassess my
situation from an anti-racist perspective.
In our last meeting Abbas mentioned an interview done by one of our
collectives, Liberated Lens. In that interview they review the process by
which the Holdout went through and how those spaces handled internal issues.
Watching that part of the interview, I felt very much like I was looking in a
mirror with Omni Commons, and it made me feel uncomfortable that we could be
going down a similar path. I think there is room for me as an elected leader
in our community as SudoRoom's delegate to help to navigate us away from
making those same mistakes, and it is for that reason that I do support the
current proposal being brought to us from Peoples Programs.
> From the Holdout to Quilombo and Afrikatown: an interview of Hannibal Abdul Shakur.
Interview link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_STgWs6GlY
In our last delegates meeting I heard many feelings shared with me about how
things were discussed, especially how others saw comments directed towards me.
I want to address that. I am a queer, kinky, neurodivergent little queerdo. I
am an easy target if anyone wants to easily attack me as a person. In that
same vein, I was never personally attacked by Abbas or any other member of
Peoples Programs in any of our conversations last Thursday. What Abbas and
others addressed when we were in that meeting were the matters at hand, and
they did so directly and peacefully. I can understand why this may make people
uncomfortable. Hearing positions that disagree and hearing them not said in
the softest of ways can be hard, but at no point do I feel like Abbas was
unkind towards me. After the meeting we were able to shake hands, I apologized
for my fumbles in my language and actions, and he openly invited me out to
their event that night (I didn't make it as I stayed talking with folks until
almost 1:30AM). To me, this shows a group leader who is walking the walk, and
not just talking the talk.
As it stands, our decision making structures within Omni and our ability to
locate information are not working as effectively as they could be. Since
before the current proposal I have been making these complaints for myself,
and as we started to really dig into this proposal I was truly worried I would
not be able to continue my duties as a delegate, limited as they may be, and
strongly considered stepping down. At this point, I'm glad I didn't. It is
time something at Omni did begin to change so we can better address the needs
of the community as a whole.
There are still many conversations to be had with Peoples Programs. I still
believe some comments were inappropriate in other meetings, and that there may
be some difficult decisions coming where we disagree with each other, but I
want those discussions to come from a place of understanding. I do not want to
talk past one another and I want to bring in the healing that our community as
a whole needs to make the next steps for a community owned New Omni Commons.
Once again, thank you everyone who has volunteered your time to talk with me
and bring forward your thoughts and ideas. Let us continue these conversations
with peace, love, and openness for us all and continue to push forward for a
better and more liberated world.
Much love and seasons greetings,
Should People's Programs take over Omni Commons ?
Abbas Muntaqim, as the Leader of People's Programs, is working very hard to
support the Russian dictatorship and the Iranian dictatorship.
By positioning Ukraine as the fascist country (not Russia), theoretically
any means are necessary to support Russia/Putin in their murderous assault
on people in Ukraine.
Omni Commons should not be siding with the Russian dictator Putin.
Abbas Muntaqim states:
"Ukraine is the same region in which adolph hitler launched the invasion of
the Soviet Union..and it is now in the hands of Ukranian neo-nazis. Russia,
as any nation defending itself would do, is stopping history from repeating
Such a position gives allowance for Russia to do whatever it needs to
"liberate" Ukraine from its fascist leaders
(Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy is Jewish and according to Abbas
Muntaqim & People's Programs, he is the real fascist.
Is it because he opposes Vladmir Putin, who People's Programs is indirectly
Abbas Muntaqim, leader of People's Programs, states:
"*It is safe to say that Russia is defending itself not only from a
neo-nazi regime in Ukraine, but also from western imperialism through the
us and nato.*"
The people being attacked in Ukraine are the real Nazis, not Putinist
Russia, according to Muntaqim !
How will this propaganda have an effect on Omni Commons ? This needs to be
“...The $14 million initially set aside for Oakland — a large chunk of
the $24.5 million slated for Alameda County at large — is intended to
build out the “last mile” of broadband connectivity, or tether parts of
the city to the larger internet backbone built along major interstate
“...The issue hits close to home for high-school students in East
Oakland, who said in interviews that everything from their
post-pandemic education to FaceTimes calls with relatives to simple
entertainment options were a nightmare of frozen screens, lagging videos
and endless troubleshooting…”
Article in the Mercury News about broadband deployment in East Oakland:
Do any suders / sudomeshers know Patrick Messac and/or the
digital-equity advocacy group #OaklandUndivided?
Seasons Greetings, -Peter