CSFR Report: July 11 - July 24

In this report:

  • Reminder: Carlos Montes court date set for August 12
  • Say no to police repression of NATO/G8 Protests
  • CSFR salutes Nativo Lopez in his many years of struggle and victory over the Los Angeles District Attorney
  • National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) denounces the September 24 FBI raids
  • Detroit forum exposes FBI repression
  • Press Coverage
  • Videos
  • Donate

Reminder: Carlos Montes court date set for August 12

As a reminder, Carlos Montes' next court date is set for August 12. Carlos became the latest target of FBI repression when his home was raided by the LA Sheriff's SWAT Team and the FBI in the early morning hours of May 17. The U.S. government is using a 42-year-old charge from 1969 to prosecute Carlos Montes today for a weapon and an ammunition charge, and four charges of perjury on his weapons permits.

Please stay tuned to StopFBI.net for announcements of protests and actions you can take to support Carlos. Solidarity statements in support of Carlos Montes are important and can be sent in to info@stopfbi.net

Say no to police repression of NATO/G8 Protests

The CSFR is working with the United National Antiwar Committee and many other anti-war groups to organize mass rallies and protests on May 15 and May 19, 2012. We will protest the powerful and wealthy war-makers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and Group of 8. Already, Chicago's Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy has threatened mass arrests and violence against protestors.

The CSFR is circulating an open letter to Chicago Mayor Emanuel with three demands:

  1. Grant us permits to rally and march to the NATO/G8 summit
  2. Guarantee our civil liberties
  3. Guarantee us there will be no spying, infiltration of organizations or other attacks by the FBI or partner law enforcement agencies.

Please sign on to the letter today by visiting the page on StopFBI.net, "Say No to Police Repression of NATO/G8 Protests", and circulate the open letter to friends, family, and organizers.

CSFR salutes Nativo Lopez in his many years of struggle and victory over the Los Angeles District Attorney

The CSFR salutes Nativo Lopez in his many years of struggle and victory over the Los Angeles District Attorney. As this case of political repression ends, the U.S. government begins a new case of political repression against another Chicano leader--Carlos Montes. The same anti-democratic, reactionary forces within the government are harassing, raiding, and repressing leaders of the anti-war, international solidarity, and immigrants' rights movements across the country. Instead of solving the country's problems, the U.S. government is targeting activists for their speech and organizing. We ask you to read the statement below and to support Carlos Montes in this next round of beating back political repression. Solidarity makes our movements grow stronger!

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National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) denounces the September 24 FBI raids

On July 12, the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) Executive Board adopted a strong resolution denouncing the FBI repression of antiwar and international solidarity activists. The resolution says in part:

Therefore, be it resolved that the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) denounces the September 24 FBI raids and the grand jury investigation of Midwest anti-war and trade union activists as dangerous assaults on free speech and free association; and

Be it further resolved, that NUHW calls on the Obama Administration to initiate an immediate, full, and transparent investigation into the circumstances, motivation, and propriety of the recent judicial and police intimidation of union members, anti-war, and international solidarity activists, and to review more broadly the propriety of federal surveillance of social movements and the use of expansive anti-terror laws to chill lawful dissent in the aftermath of 9/11; and

Be it finally resolved that NUHW participate in ongoing efforts to defend civil rights and civil liberties from government infringement.

The full NUHW resolution is available on the StopFBI.net website.

Detroit forum exposes FBI repression

Tom Burke, a spokesperson for the CSFR, participated in an event in Detroit organized by the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms (NCPCF) called "Resisting Profiling, Preemptive Prosecution, and Prisoners Abuse - a hearing to confront repression of human rights and civil liberties by the criminal justice system." The event brought together 60 people at an African-American community center on July 16 to discuss the growing movement for the right to free speech, to organize and for civil liberties for all.

A report on the conference is available on Fight Back! News, and a video of Burke's speech discussing the CSFR case is available.

Press Coverage

The CSFR received a great deal of press coverage, including lengthy interviews with targeted activist Maureen Murphy, coverage of the movement to support Carlos Montes, and a mention of the CSFR in an editorial from the Boston Globe. Check out all of the media reports for July 11 - 24 in our press coverage section.

Videos

We added new videos, including statements from Cynthia McKinney and Ray McGovern, Tom Burke's speech at the Detroit forum against profiling, pre-emptive prosecution and prisoner abuse, and the Bill of Rights Defense Committee's video "The unPATRIOTic Act & COINTELPRO 2.0" which discusses the CSFR.

There are many more videos available in the Videos section of StopFBI.net.

Donate

The Committee to Stop FBI Repression is an all volunteer, grassroots effort. Your donations are urgently needed to raise the funds and resources necessary to continue to build the fightback against FBI repression and to contribute towards the legal defense fund for those targeted in the September 24th FBI raids. We depend on our supporters to contribute generously so as to help cover legal expenses, pay for expenses with speaking tours, and help provide the resources to broaden the movement.

Please visit our donate page and consider making a contribution today.