News & Announcements

Central Coast Collecting Supplies & Organizing Caravan to the Border

The Direct Action Monterey Network, in collaboration with other organizations in the region, will be collecting supplies and organizing a caravan to the border to support the refugees and immigrants who are attempting to apply for asylum.

Benefit show for refugees!

Femmes and Folx Refugee Benefit Show flyer

Drop off supplies and donations!


If you would like to donate items or organize a drop off location for supplies, contact us at centralcoastdirectaction [at]


Redneck Revolt in Monterey

The Bay Area Redneck Revolt is coming to Monterey to discuss their organizing vision and tactics.

When: 9th February 2018 – 8pm
Where: Old Capitol Books, 559 Tyler Street, downtown Monterey

Redneck Revolt is a national network of community defense projects from a broad spread of political, religious, and cultural backgrounds. It is a pro-worker, anti-racist organization that focuses on working class liberation from the oppressive systems which dominate our lives. In states where it is legal to practice armed community defense, many branches choose to become John Brown Gun Clubs, training ourselves and our communities in defense and mutual aid.


“To us, redneck is a term that signifies a pride in our class as well as a pride in resistance to bosses, politicians, and all those that protect domination and tyranny.”

More information, media, and podcast available at

Thinking Critically about Society Seminar Series – Fall 2017

November 2017: It’s that time again! Old Capitol Books, the Direct Action Monterey Network, and the Monterey Community Education Project are teaming up to bring you a series of free seminars and discussions on critical thinking and social theory. This November we’re having three seminars: Marxist-Feminism, Post-Colonial Theory, and Learning from the Paris Commune. These discussions are facilitated by local professors at CSU Monterey Bay, local activists, and thinkers (just like you!)

When: November 3rd, 10th, and 17th
Where: Old Capitol Books, 559 Tyler Street, downtown Monterey

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Theory & Philosophy Reading Group XXX: Mikhail Bakunin

Friday 29 September 2017, 7pm: Old Capitol Books and the Direct Action Monterey Network are coming together for the thirtieth discussion in the Theory and Philosophy Reading Group. This is a mini-series within the broader project which explores anarchist theories of the state.

Where: Old Capitol Books, 559 Tyler Street
When: Friday 29 September 2017, 7pm
Reading: “Rousseau’s Theory of the State” (available free here)

baku00Mikhail Aleksandrovich Bakunin was one of the intellectual founding fathers of anarchism, often considered to be Marx’s major historical rival.

Bakunin was born in 1814 (the date is, however, disputed), in Premukhino, near the town of Torzhok in the Tver Gubernia (province). He was the eldest son in the family of a retired diplomat and landowner. Mikhail’s parents were hereditary noblemen of liberal political inclinations. His father was in Paris during the French Revolution, received his doctorate of philosophy in Padua and regarded himself as a disciple of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Bakunin’s mother was a member of the Muravyov family and three of her cousins were involved in the December rising of constitutionalists in 1825. [1]

Location: Old Capitol Books, 559 Tyler Street, downtown Monterey

Statement in Solidarity with Antifa in Charlottesville

On 14 August 2017, the Direct Action Monterey Network joined together with our community to stand against fascism and white supremacy, and to show solidarity with the people of Charlottesville where white supremacists and neo-nazis gathered last weekend, committed horrible acts of violence and killing anti-racist protester Heather Meyers.

Our statement:

We are gathering today to show our opposition to white supremacy in all its forms, and to stand in solidarity with all those in Charlottesville who are fighting against fascism. We stand against the recent violence from white supremacists and the “alt-right” in Charlottesville as well as similar acts of violence in Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis, and Sacramento.


We also oppose violence from institutional structures of white supremacy such as police, prisons, borders, the military, economic exploitation, and colonialism. This includes local iterations of these structures. Mirroring national trends, local police have murdered homeless people, immigrants, and people of color in recent years. The Monterey County Sheriff’s Department collaborates with federal immigration enforcement. Numerous military institutions on the Peninsula help maintain America’s empire abroad. The very economic foundation and geographic arrangement of this region is based on structures of class and racial-caste. The early colonial roots of this region, from the original theft of this land by Europeans to the purging of Chinese fishing communities by white settlers, is unapologetically celebrated.


These forms of white supremacy, the explicit as well as the hidden and structural, the historical and the present, are intimately connected. So while there are no Klan rallies or torch-wielding white-supremacist marches in this region, we must declare our total opposition to all of the forms that white supremacy takes.


Solidarity to all rebels fighting white supremacy, from Ferguson to Charlottesville, from Salinas to Baltimore.


Direct Action Monterey Network

Theory & Philosophy Reading Group 29: Peter Gelderloos

Friday 25 August 2017, 7pm: Join other thinkers, intellectuals, activists, and readers from the peninsula (and beyond) for our twenty ninth Theory & Philosophy Reading Group which will be exploring Peter Gelderloos’s new book Worshipping Power: An Anarchist View of Early State Formation (AK Press, 2017).

This will be the first of three reading groups which will focus on anarchist theories of the state.

Readings available here.

Also, check out this podcast with Peter Gelderloos discussing Worshiping Power here.

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Location: Old Capitol Books, 559 Tyler Street, Downtown Monterey

Thinking Critically about Society Spring 2017

Hey there, you lovers of social theory and philosophy!  The Direct Action Monterey Network is bringing a series of seminars on critical and political theory to downtown Monterey.

When: April 7, 14, 21, and 28, at 7pm
Where: Old Capitol Books, 559 Tyler Street, downtown Monterey


This spring’s seminars are facilitated by a collection of community organizors, professors, and students who live and work on the peninsula, covering the topics of Anarchism, Polyamory, Social Perceptions of Disability, and Reproductive Justice.

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Theory & Philosophy Reading Group 26: Walter Benjamin

Friday 31 March 2017, 7pm: Old Capitol Books and the Direct Action Monterey Network are teaming up again to continue their exploration of twentieth century fascism through theory and philosophy. Last month the philosophy group read Hannah Arendt – selections from Origins of Totalitarianism and Eichmann in Jerusalem. This month the reading group will be covering Walter Benjamin’s essay “Theory of German Fascism.”

Location: Old Capitol Books, 559 Tyler Street, downtown Monterey

walter_benjamin_vers_1928-4b3232f13adc97ba917360333185fc8eAbout Walter Benjamin

Walter Benjamin’s importance as a philosopher and critical theorist can be gauged by the diversity of his intellectual influence and the continuing productivity of his thought. Primarily regarded as a literary critic and essayist, the philosophical basis of Benjamin’s writings is increasingly acknowledged. They were a decisive influence upon Theodor W. Adorno’s conception of philosophy’s actuality or adequacy to the present (Adorno 1931). In the 1930s, Benjamin’s efforts to develop a politically oriented, materialist aesthetic theory proved an important stimulus for both the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory and the Marxist poet and dramatist Bertolt Brecht. (From the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)


This month we’ll be reading Walter Benjamin’s “Theories of German Fascism.” You can download a copy for free here.

Stand with Standing Rock! Report Back and Fundraiser

Stand with Standing Rock! Report Back and Fundraiser
7pm Friday, March 3rd, 2016
Monterey Peace and Justice Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside, CA 93955

An introduction to the struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline and a report back from a Salinas resident who traveled to Standing Rock in the Fall. Edward was arrested while traveling between a protest and the Standing Rock camp and is now facing charges, fines, legal expenses, and travel expenses.

Come learn about the on-the-ground details from this local water protector. We will also be collecting donations to help reduce his financial burden.

This event is organized by the Direct Action Monterey Network: centralcoastdirectaction[at]gmail[dot]com