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4/26/2012 Judge orders May 15 trial for Carlos Montes Superior Court Judge George G. Lomeli ordered a trial to begin on May 15 for Carlos Montes, a longtime Los Angeles Chicano activist in the anti-war, immigrant rights, public education and Chicano liberation movements. The trial will start at 8:00 a.m. at the Criminal Courts Building, 13th floor, Department 100, at 210 West Temple Avenue in Los Angeles.
4/30/2012 Justice for Carlos Montes!
9/16/2012 Leah-Lynn Plante’s Statement My name is Leah-Lynn Plante, and I am one of the people who has been subpoenaed to a secret grand jury, meeting in Seattle on September 13th, 2012. This will be the second time I have appeared before the grand jury, and the second time I have refused to testify. The first time was on August 2nd. I appeared as ordered and identified myself. I was asked if I would be willing to answer any questions. I said, “No,” and was dismissed after being served a second subpoena.  
4/30/2012 Legal Defense Funds Carlos has dedicated his life to justice and now he needs you to dedicate your time and money to defend his lifetime of political activism. Please donate and/or host a fundraising event in order to support his legal defense. 
9/24/2011 Legal Development in Case of Anti-War and International Solidarity Activists Raided by FBI In the first legal developments in nine months in this case, attorneys’ for raided activists have filed a motion for return of their property seized a year ago.  The filing reads in part, “Property seized by the United States and not returned includes: Personal and political papers of the Petitioners, acquired during decades of activity protected by the First Amendment and related to peaceable assembly by the Petitioners and the petitioning of the United States for a governmental redress of grievances. Books which are publicly published and available for sale, and whose possession, reading, and use of, are protected by the First Amendment.”
1/11/2011 Letter from Illinois Senator Richard Durbin This letter was received Jan. 10 by a supporter of the Committee to Stop FBI Repression (CSFR) who had contacted Senator Durbin’s office about our case. In early December, a delegation from CSFR had met with one of Durbin’s aides to brief him. CSFR has organized visits to Washington, DC or district offices of nearly 100 Senators and Congress persons, meeting with the legislators themselves or their aides. We have found that the sentiment expressed here is widespread. Hopefully, other legislators will speak out as well in our behalf.
5/1/2011 Letter from Rep. Keith Ellison to Attorney General Holder
5/13/2011 Letter read into Congressional record by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee in debate over PATRIOT Act On Thursday, May 12, the House Judiciary Committee voted to reauthorize provisions of the Patriot Act. In the debate, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas spoke against the Patriot Act. To show that the Patriot Act had led to abuses of civil liberties, she pointed to the case of the 23 anti-war, labor and international solidarity activists facing FBI and grand jury repression. Her office requested a personal letter from some of the Midwest activists being subjected to this investigation, and submitted into the Congressional record this letter from Joe Iosbaker and Stephanie Weiner.
10/18/2010 Letter to MN Senator Klobuchar from the Minnesota Peace Project
3/21/2011 Letter to President Obama from Congressman Davis In February, a delegation from Chicago’s Committee Against Political Repression met with a staff person in the Chicago office of Congressman Danny Davis.  The delegation was led by Richard Berg and Rima Kapitan.  We were there to ask for a letter to President Obama and Attorney General Holder expressing concern about FBI repression of the Anti-War and Solidarity Movements.  Ira Cohen, Director of Issues and Communication expressed that the Congressman would write a letter to President Obama to address the issues we raised.