Friday, May 04, 2012

National Call-in Day to Los Angeles District Attorney Drop the Charges Against Carlos Montes!

Stop the FBI frame up!
Call off the trial now!

Call L.A. District Attorney Steve Cooley at

Sample text:
 "Hello, my name is _________ and I am calling from __________. I want
District Attorney Steve Cooley to drop all charges against Carlos
Montes. He is being framed by the FBI because of his political
activism for peace, justice, and equality. Drop the charges now!"

Be firm and insist that your message get to D.A. Cooley.
Contact us and let us know how your calls went:

More info:
 Carlos Montes is a long-time Chicano activist and a co-founder of the
Brown Berets in Los Angeles. Today Carlos Montes is a leader in the
anti-war & immigrant rights movements. He plays an important role in
the movement against Arizona's SB1070 and other anti-immigrant laws
in the U.S. Montes is the target of government repression and the
FBI's dirty tricks due to his activism. When the FBI raided several
Midwest homes and served subpoenas on September 24, 2010, Carlos
Montes' name was listed on the FBI search warrant for the Anti-War
Committee office in Minneapolis - the organizing center to protest
the 2008 Republican National Convention, where Carlos participated.

Eight months later, on May 17, 2011, the LA Sheriffs broke down
Carlos' door, arrested him, and ransacked his home. They took
political documents, a computer, cell phones and activist meeting
notes having nothing to do with the charges. The FBI attempted to
question Montes while he was handcuffed in a squad car, regarding the
case of the 23 Midwest anti-war and solidarity activists.

It is clear the FBI initiated the raid against Carlos, attempting to
frame him. Carlos Montes' trial starts on May 15, 2012 where he faces
four felony charges with the possibility of 12 years in prison due to
his political organizing. Carlos Montes case is part and parcel of
the FBI raids and political repression centered in the Midwest.

We need you to take action against this repression! Los Angeles
District Attorney Steve Cooley needs to hear from you and others who
care about justice and what is right.

Legal background: 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. District Attorney Steve Cooley, under the guidance of
the FBI, is basing his case on this 42-year-old misdemeanor,
disguising it as a bogus felony. Without a past felony, all of the
charges Montes is 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.

What else you can do:
1. Circulate the Call In Day information to your lists, community,
union, groups, friends, and family.

2. Organize a local protest at your Federal Building or elsewhere on
the opening day of Carlos Montes trial - Tuesday, May 15.

3. All Out for the Trial!
If you are in, or can make it to, the Los Angeles area please attend
all or part of the trial. It will go on for several days.
Rally outside the Los Angeles courthouse and pack the courtroom
Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at 8:00 AM.
Criminal Courts Building, 13th floor, Department 100
210 West Temple Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

4.Donate money to the defense of Carlos Montes - trials are expensive.
and circulate this fund raising letter

5. Sign the petition at

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