Jan. 18, 2012 Committee to Stop FBI Repression
Carlos Montes appears in court
Tuesday, January 24.
Join the national call-in day to
President Obama at 202-456-1111
Attorney General Holder at 202-514-2001
Demand: “Dismiss the charges against Carlos Montes. There is no evidence!”
Contact us and let us know how your calls went: info@stopFBI.net
Chicano antiwar activist Carlos Montes’ next court hearing is Tuesday, January 24. Attorney Jorge Gonzalez will present and argue a legal motion to dismiss all charges on the grounds of insufficient evidence. This hearing will deal with the FBI-instigated Sheriffs raid, arrest, and prosecution of Carlos. Carlos Montes has declared himself “not guilty” on 6 felony charges, dealing with an alleged 42-year old arrest and firearms code violations. Montes’ arrest is part of the FBI attack on 23 other antiwar and solidarity activists.
If you are in the L.A. area...
Join us and Occupy the Court!
Tuesday, January 24 at 8:00 a.m.
Criminal Courts Bldg., 211 W Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA
Dept. 123 on the 13th floor.
Carlos Montes will appear in court on January 24, where his legal team will present and argue a legal motion to dismiss all charges on the grounds of insufficient evidence. The current felony charges stem from a Chicano student protest Carlos led over 40 years ago. Students were demanding Chicano and Black Studies at East Los Angeles Community College. Back in 1968, the LA County Sheriffs entered the college campus to put down the student strike. The current District Attorney is alleging Carlos was arrested and convicted for assaulting a Sheriff deputy in 1968 during the police attack on protesters. The six current charges stem from Carlos buying 3 guns at the local sporting goods store, which the District Attorney alleges is a violation.
Montes, along with 23 anti-war and international solidarity activists targeted by the FBI, organized the protests at the 2008 Republican National Convention. Prior to this, Carlos traveled to Colombia and denounced the U.S. dirty war there known as “Plan Colombia”. Carlos met Colombian union activists, artists, and people targeted by death squads of the Colombian military. At Fort Benning, Georgia - also known as the School of the Americas, the U.S. government trains the Colombian military in death squad tactics. We cannot allow the FBI and the U.S. government to stop international solidarity work with the Palestinian and Colombian people!
The FBI instigated the Sheriff's swat team to raid and arrest Carlos Montes on May 17, 2011. At 5 a.m., heavily armed police bashed in his front door and ransacked his home. Please join us in solidarity with Carlos Montes.
After a hugely successful conference on November 5 in Chicago, 150 activists and organizers committed to organizing solidarity with Carlos Montes. So across the country, activists and defenders of human rights are mobilizing to support Carlos Montes.
Please take the following steps to the support Carlos Montes and the 23 Midwest activists facing FBI repression:
Sign the national petition supporting Carlos Montes
Sign the Pledge to Resist FBI and Grand Jury Repression
Join a local support committee of the CSFR or organize one in your town
Donate to the legal defense fund
Encourage your organization, religous group, elected official or union to write a Solidarity Statement for Carlos Montes and the rest of the 24.