Saturday, May 19, 2012

Carlos Montes Tuesday TRIAL!

Carlos Montes goes to trial on Tuesday. Now is the time we need to
do everything we can to support him. Please call the DA to demand he
drop the charges. Call early and call often. If the number is
busy, keep dialing. Also please sign the NEW petition. Scott

National Call-in Days to Los Angeles District Attorney

Drop the Charges Against Carlos Montes!
Stop the FBI frame up!
Call off the trial now!

Starting today, and through the end of the trial (beginning May
15th), call Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley every day at

Demand that all charges be dropped against Carlos Montes!

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

Contact us and let us know how your calls went:

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

2. 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. To check on
the status of court days, go to www.stopfbi.
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

3. Sign the NEW petition for Carlos at
4. Donate money to the defense of
Carlos Montes - trials are expensive, and circulate this
fund raising letter
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.

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