CSFR Report: June 27 - July 10

In this report:

  • Carlos Montes pleads “not guilty”, next court date set for August 12
  • Committee to Stop FBI Repression: We Salute the Gaza Flotilla
  • Solidarity from El Frente Unido de Inmigrantes
  • Detroit event: Resisting Profiling, Preemptive Prosecution and Prisoner Abuse
  • Press coverage

Carlos Montes pleads “not guilty”, next court date set for August 12

With a courtroom packed so there were no empty seats, Carlos Montes plead “Not Guilty” to six felony charges in court on July 6, 2011. Defense attorney Jorge Gonzales said the Los Angeles District Attorney is using “selective enforcement” to target Carlos. 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.

The FBI and LA Sheriff’s SWAT team broke down the door and raided Carlos Montes’ home in May. It is clear from the statements of local police and law enforcement officials on July 6 that the FBI is leading the charge in targeting Carlos. Carlos Montes said outside court, “This attack on me is a pretext. They are using it to attack me because of my political activity – denouncing U.S. intervention in Colombia, in Afghanistan, in Iraq, and in Palestine.”

The next court date is set for August 12 and is being moved to the Los Angeles court downtown where high profile cases appear.

The Committee to Stop FBI Repression held a successful national call in day to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to demand he drop the charges against Carlos Montes. People all across the country are taking action in support of Carlos Montes and other targets of FBI repression.

Please take the following steps to the support Carlos and others facing FBI repression for their activism:

Read the full statement here

Committee to Stop FBI Repression: We Salute the Gaza Flotilla

The Committee to Stop FBI Repression stands in solidarity with the activists of the Gaza flotilla ships and the people of Palestine. As Americans, we denounce the U.S. government’s support for the Israeli blockade on Gaza and demand that Palestinians get access to the food, water, medical supplies and building materials they need for their daily lives. We denounce the U.S., Greek, and Israeli sabotage and blocking of the flotilla taking the much-needed humanitarian aid to Gaza.

Read the full statement

Solidarity from El Frente Unido de Inmigrantes

El Frente Unido de Inmigrantes from Chicago, IL wrote a statement in solidarity with Carlos Montes. Their statement was sent to Attorney General Holder. The letter says in part:

Dissent and the free expression of ideas are a hallmark of our democracy. We urge you no to repeat the mistakes of the past such as the infamous Palmer Raids of 1919 which were conducted by the FBI as this only damages the constitutional framework of our nation.

We pray that you and President Obama, being African Americans, will understand how our law enforcement agencies in the past have been used to persecute those who express different opinions and points of view such as Martin Luther King Jr.

Read the full statement

Detroit event: Resisting Profiling, Preemptive Prosecution and Prisoner Abuse

Please join the CSFR and other organizations on July 16 in Detroit for a citizens hearing to confront repression of human rights and civil liberties by the criminal justice system.

The panel presentation will focus on how the ‘War on Terror’ climate and its repressive legal practices in the criminal justice system have affected civil liberties and human rights of Arab, Muslim, African American, South Asian, and all immigrant communities and the broader social justice movement. Representatives from the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms (NCPCF), Project Salam, CAIR-MI, Michigan Emergency Committee Against War and Injustice (MECAWI), and Committee to Stop FBI Repression-MI will be having a panel discussion about their political, social and legal campaigns around these very important issues to address how we can counter and change oppressive policies. Included in the panels are families who will share personal stories of struggles for justice. The goal of the program is to shed light on the conditions of families and communities suffering under the war on terror, establish alliances across all communities for support, and mobilize our communities to eradicate these oppressive political and legal injunctions.

Full event info here

Press coverage

We’ve received a great deal of press coverage in the last two weeks, most of it focused on Carlos Montes’ case. A list of all our media coverage is available on the Press Coverage page of the StopFBI.net website.

7/9/2011 Being Anti-War Is Not a Crime -- But That's Not Stopping the FBI From Raiding Activists' Homes AlterNet
7/8/2011 "Selective enforcement" charged in raid of Chicano activist's home People's World
7/7/2011 Twin Cities says, “Hey FBI: Hands off Carlos Montes!” Fight Back! News
7/7/2011 Alhambra resident, Chicano activist pleads not guilty to six felonies Pasadena Star-News
7/6/2011 Audio: Then They Came for Me - Civil Liberties in Peril in Chicago A-Infos Radio Project
7/6/2011 Nationally known Chicano activist charges FBI with targeting him for political speech Southern California Public Radio
7/6/2011 FBI Targeting of Local Activist Carlos Montes Mark Grim New Era of Activist Repression Uprising Radio
7/6/2011 Jess Sundin speaks out on FBI repression against anti-war activists Fight Back! News
7/6/2011 WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange & Philosopher Slavoj Žižek With Amy Goodman Democracy Now!
7/6/2011 Shoring up the national security state Middle East Report
7/5/2011 Police state unnecessary Boston Herald
6/30/2011 5 Outrageous Examples of FBI Intimidation and Entrapment AlterNet
6/28/2011 Solidaridad en protesta con el activista pro inmigrante Carlos Montes Gente de Minnesota
6/28/2011 Committee to Stop FBI Repression marches in Minneapolis LGBTQ Pride parade Fight Back! News
6/27/2011 New Changes to FBI Guidelines Call into Question Proposal to Extend FBI Director’s Term Electronic Frontier Foundation
6/27/2011 FBI Raids Target U.S. Activists The Stream
6/27/2011 US government moves to criminalize Palestine solidarity Electronic Intifada
6/27/2011 Criminalising Palestinian solidarity Al Jazeera English