Thank you to the Committee to Stop FBI Repression for making this public:
Thu, 2012-04-26 (All day)
Stop the FBI Frame Up of Carlos Montes
Court Hearing and Call In Day Thursday, April 26, 2012
— 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: info@stopFBI.net
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 AM
Criminal Courts Bldg. 211 West Temple St, Los Angeles Dept. 123 on the 13th floor
For more info go to stopfbila.net
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.
Facing up to 18 years of prison time, Carlos Montes is preparing to go on trial. Here is what you can do:
1. Pass a resolution in solidarity with Carlos Montes or write a letter.
2. Sign the petition at http://www.stopfbi.net/petition/national
3. Sign the Pledge at http://www.stopfbi.net/get-involved/pledge-of-resistance
4. Donate to the Legal Defense http://www.stopfbi.net/donate
5. Prepare to attend the trial in solidarity with Carlos Montes, coming soon.