Saturday, April 28, 2012

Court Hearing and Call-in Day Thursday, April 26 Stop the FBI Frame-up of Carlos Montes

Today, please call:
-- President Obama at 202-456-1111
-- Attorney General Eric Holder at 202-514-2001
Demand: "Drop the charges now! Stop the FBI Frame-up of Carlos Montes!"

Contact us and let us know how your calls went:

The FBI and LA sheriffs want to frame Carlos Montes. At his next 
court hearing on Thursday, April 26 in Los Angeles, Carlos' attorney 
will argue a legal motion to drop the charges on the grounds of 
"discriminatory enforcement of the law." This means they are only 
prosecuting Carlos because of his solidarity and anti-war work. Also 
on Thursday, a trial date may be set!

At the last court hearing, one old document from the California 
Department of Justice showed that the old charges from 1969 against 
Carlos Montes were sentenced as a misdemeanor.

We will also continue to pursue via discovery how the FBI is driving 
the persecution of Carlos Montes, because of his decades of 
organizing against war and his solidarity work with the struggle of 
the Palestinian and Colombian people and his ongoing work in the 
Chicano/a community, promoting public education and fighting for 
immigrant rights.

The prosecution of Carlos Montes by the LA County District Attorney 
continues, despite evidence that should cause it to be thrown out of court.

If you are in the Los Angeles area...

Join us at the Court!
Thursday, April 26, 2012
8:00 a.m.
Criminal Courts Bldg.
211 West Temple St, Los Angeles
Dept. 123 on the 13th floor
For more info go to


Chicano leader and long-time anti-war activist Carlos Montes is the 
target of a FBI frame up. The FBI and Los Angeles Sheriffs broke down 
Carlos' door, ransacked his home, and took his notes and papers, May 
17, 2011. Carlos Montes refused to answer the FBI agent's questions. 
The raid on Carlos is linked to the FBI repression of 23 anti-war 
activists who organized the mass protests outside the 2008 Republican 
National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. Along with many others, 
Carlos Montes name appeared on the FBI search warrant for the 
Anti-War Committee office in Minneapolis on September 24, 2010.

Now Carlos Montes is facing multiple felony charges, because the FBI 
claims he is a felon in violation of firearm codes. The FBI claim 
stems from a 1969 student strike for Black, Chicano, and Women's 
studies at East L.A. College, where police beat and arrested 
demonstrators. Carlos was arrested on his way home from the protest; 
accused of assaulting a sheriff's deputy (with an empty soda can). 
This charge was sentenced as a misdemeanor according to a recent 
court document. The prosecution is basing their case on this 
42-year-old misdemeanor, disguising it as a bogus felony. Without a 
past felony, all of the charges Montes is now facing relating to his 
legally purchased firearms would be dismissed. Both sides agree that 
no prison time whatsoever was served in the 1969 incident. The legal 
process is being driven by something other than the facts of the 
case. It is political repression.

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