[Ppnews] Carlos Montes goes to court Aug. 12 - Make these calls!

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Fri Aug 5 12:06:04 EDT 2011

Support Carlos Montes as he goes to court Friday, August 12

President Barak Obama at 202-456-1111

Attorney General Eric Holder at 202-514-2001

Sample call: "My name is ________ and I am calling from [city, 
state]. I'm calling about Carlos Montes of Los Angeles. He is one of 
the anti-war activists being targeted by the FBI. I want you to tell 
Attorney General Holder [or President Obama]:
1. Drop the charges against Carlos Montes!

2. Stop the FBI and the Grand Jury repression of the other 23 
anti-war and international solidarity activists.

3. Return all property to Carlos Montes and the other activists 
raided by the FBI.
  The U.S. government should not be prosecuting us when we exercise 
our rights to freedom of speech and dissent."

On Friday, August 12, Carlos Montes will appear in a Los Angeles 
court again, for a preliminary hearing. At 
last court date on July 6, Carlos pled "Not guilty!" to six charges, 
including a felony charge each for a firearm and ammunition, and four 
related to the permits' paperwork. Like millions of Americans, Carlos 
has for many years held legal permits. So why is it that all of a 
sudden the government is saying there is a problem? These charges are 
a pretext to attack Carlos for his years of activism.

Please join us in calling U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and 
President Obama, demanding a stop to the prosecution of Carlos 
Montes. We need to stop the persecution of political activists like 
Carlos, like the 23 Midwest anti-war and international solidarity 
activists, people like you and me.

Make no mistake; the U.S. government's trial of Carlos Montes is an 
attack on the immigrants' rights and anti-war movements. So please 
call today and let Holder and Obama know we are building a movement 
that will not bow down to dirty tricks and political repression.

In addition, 
Los Angeles Committee to Stop FBI Repression is mobilizing to
pack the courtroom on the morning of Friday, August 12, in
Department 100 at the Criminal Courts Building, 210 W. Temple Street, 
Los Angeles, when Carlos Montes appears.

About Carlos Montes:
       Carlos Montes is a veteran Chicano activist known for his 
leadership of the 1968 East Los Angeles education reform movement 
(see film 
the historic Chicano Moratorium against the U.S. war in Vietnam, and 
the recent immigrants' rights mega-marches of 2006. Carlos Montes was 
a co-founder of the Brown Berets, a Chicano youth organization that 
stood for justice, equality, and self-determination.
         With the 2003 Bush administration war and occupation of 
Iraq, Montes helped form and lead L.A. Latinos Against War. In recent 
years, Carlos helped initiate and organize the Southern California 
Immigration Coalition, to fight against Immigration and Customs 
Enforcement (ICE) and police repression.
About this case:
         Now Montes himself is the target of government repression 
and the FBI's dirty tricks. 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 
Committee office in Minneapolis--the organizing center for the 2008 
Republican National Convention protests, where Carlos participated.
       Then 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 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.
        On June 16, 2011, Carlos appeared in court and obtained the 
arrest documents showing the FBI initiated the raid. A reporter 
interviewing a 
Angeles Sheriff sergeant confirmed that the FBI was in charge. Carlos 
Montes is facing six felony charges with the possibility of 18 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.

You can also invite Carlos Montes to speak using a live Internet 
video call. It is easy to do and works well. More details on the 
video calls coming next week.


the petition for Carlos Montes on 
International Action Center website.

or write <mailto:StopFBI at gmail.com>StopFBI at gmail.com or call 612-379-3585.

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