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An explicitly anti-capitalist community center, Omni is a collective composed of other collectives. Its members include food justice group Phat Beets; Sudo Room, a community-driven hacker space; La Commune, a worker-owned cafe and bookstore; Bay Area Public School, an organization that offers tuition-free liberal arts classes, and many other social justice-oriented organizations. Omni's calendar is packed to the brim with free events, such as yoga classes, literature seminars, coding workshops, and D.I.Y. printmaking sessions. The organization relied on a crowdfunding campaign to open its multifaceted space, and now its members want to buy the building and the land beneath it to make sure they can stay in the area long-term. They need to raise nearly $2 million within the next year. If you want them to stick around, you might want to consider donating.