Matt Damon

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Matt Damon

Template:TOCnestleft Matt Paige Damon (born Oct. 8, 1970) is best known for his work as an actor.

Harvard Living Wage Campaign

On May 6, 2000, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Howard Zinn spoke at Harvard Workers First: Rally for a Living Wage. The rally was organized by the Harvard Living Wage Campaign.[1]

Woolsey/Sheinbaum fund raiser

Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, the first Member of Congress to call on the President to bring our troops home, was be in Los Angeles on Saturday February 4th 2006, for a 'very exciting but critical fundraiser against the most well-known, well-financed challenger she's ever faced". woolsey was facing a primary challenge from a termed-out Assemblyman Joe Nation, a moderate Democrat who has been critical of her stand on the war and on bringing home our troops. He is raising money from people who have given money to Tom DeLay and Bush-Cheney and his legislative district covers 60+% of Congresswoman Woolsey's district. Congresswoman Woolsey is a "champion of equal rights, civil liberties, protecting the environment and fighting for single payer healthcare. Congresswoman Woolsey must be re-elected by the same victory margin she has had in the past to send a message to progressives everywhere that's it IS OK to be courageous, and to not back down on issues that matter."

The Host Committee for this fundraiser includes:

Ben Affleck; Ed Asner; Warren Beatty; Jodie Evans; James Cromwell; Matt Damon; Tom Hayden; Wendy Herzog; Mimi Kennedy; Norman Lear; Stephen Rohde; Susie Shannon; Stanley Sheinbaum & Betty Sheinbaum; Lorraine Sheinberg; Kathy Spillar; Gloria A. Totten; Peg Yorkin; Senator Barbara Boxer; Congressman Joe Baca; Congressman Xavier Becerra; Congresswoman Lois Capps; Congresswoman Jane Harman; Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald; Congresswoman Grace Napolitano; Congresswoman; Lucille Roybal-Allard; Congresswoman Linda Sanchez; Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez; Congressman Adam Schiff; Congresswoman Hilda Solis; Congresswoman Maxine Waters; Congresswoman Diane Watson; Senator Sheila Kuehl and Assemblywoman Karen Bass.

The fundraiser was at the Stanley & Betty Sheinbaum residence in Brentwood. Both Sheinbaums have been members of Democratic Socialists of America.[2]

The People Speak

Damon took part in the The People Speak alongside Howard Zinn and based on his most popular book, A People's History of the United States in 2009.[3]

Friendship with Howard Zinn

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Matt Damon has known Marxist historan Howard Zinn since childhood, growing up next-door to the historian.

Damon stated that one of his favorite books was A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn, a book he first started reading in 1980 at the age of 10.[4]



  1. Harvard Living Wage Campaign: Action Shots, May 7, 2001 (accessed on March 2, 2011)
  2. Progressive Talk, Posted on Friday, 3 February 2006 1:51:50 p.m. by angelsonmyside
  3. Howard Zinn's website