ARCHIVE: “GIVE A D.A.M.N. – Revolutionaries Among Us”

Local Activist Group Helps Students Think Critically about Society

Tyler Gidney, Staff Reporter

What do poetry readings, discussions about radical political texts, prisoner correspondence groups, a literary zine, Palestinian solidarity and the Monterey County Cop Watch have in common? They are all projects of the activist collective called the Direct Action Monterey Network, or D.A.M.N for short.

In the back of Old Capitol Books in historic downtown Monterey, surrounded by the musty smell of millions of pages of knowledge on ten-foot-high shelves, the D.A.M.N group discusses topics that range from political and social theory to matters of local homelessness and police violence.

D.A.M.N. is described by its members as “a forum for anarchists, feminists, socialists, and other anti-authoritarian revolutionaries in the Monterey and Salinas area to find each other, discuss ideas and news and take action!”

The group, which consists of several former and current CSUMB students and faculty…

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