Opened this year, The Holdout has already acquired the status of Oakland's premier anarchist hangout and community center. But spend five minutes within its post-industrial-style doors, and you wouldn't even know it. Be it political meetings, reading groups, book swaps, bicycle maintenance workshops, or community parties, there's a liberating element within its community-oriented inner workings that's strikingly different than the stereotype of the whiny, anarchist "outside agitator." A real social center, The Holdout is a space that brings together those interested in rethinking the structure of society, and residents in need of getting practical assistance from its ongoing, hands-on workshops. Best of all, it provides an opportunity to mingle with some of Oakland's most interesting community members, forging connections with new prospective friends that you wouldn't have met otherwise. No matter the occasion, go to The Holdout and you're sure to get more out of it than you'd ever imagine.
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Dale Sky Jones
Berkeley Community Gardening Collaborative
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