July 6: Support Carlos Montes - National Call-in Day to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

Date: 
Wed, 2011-07-06 08:00 - 18:00

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Please call U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder at (202) 514-2001

Suggested text: “My name is __________, I am from _______(city), in ______(state). I am calling to tell Attorney General Holder:

  • Drop the charges! Hands off Carlos Montes!
  • Stop the FBI raids and Grand Jury repression of anti-war and international solidarity activists.
  • Return all property to Carlos Montes and the other activists raided by the FBI.

On Wednesday, July 6, Carlos Montes will go to a Los Angeles court to face six felony charges and enter a plea. The charges all deal with firearms, ammunition and permits. Like millions of other Americans, Carlos has for years held legal permits for guns. The fact is that the charges against Carlos carry a total penalty of up to 18 years, and are aimed at his effective political organizing against war and for people’s civil rights.

Carlos is a longtime Chicano activist known for his leadership during the 1968 L.A. high school reform walkouts (see HBO film “Walkout!”) and the immigrants’ rights mega-marches of 2006. More recently in September 2010, Carlos Montes’ name appeared on the FBI search warrant left in the Anti-War Committee office in Minneapolis, where the protests against the 2008 Republican National Convention were centered. The attack on Carlos Montes is part of a sweeping campaign tied to 23 Midwest activists whose homes the FBI raided or who were subpoenaed to U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald’s Grand Jury in Chicago, as the Washington Post reported.

In addition, when the LA Sheriffs broke down Carlos’ door and ransacked his home, they took political documents, a computer, cell phones and meeting notes having nothing to do with the legal charges. Later, the FBI approached Carlos to ask him questions about the Freedom Road Socialist Organization, the target of this new McCarthyism. Those who know the history of Martin Luther King Jr. and the American civil rights movement understand the repression Montes now faces.

When Carlos went to court on June 16, he demanded police and court documents. Not surprisingly, the District Attorney grew angry, at first refusing, and eventually relenting. There is the not-so-hidden hand of the FBI at work here and its goal is to disrupt and criminalize activists and movements for social justice.

Make no mistake: The U.S. government trial of Carlos Montes is an attack on the immigrants’ rights and anti-war movements. So please call July 6 and let Attorney General Holder know we are building a movement that will not bow down to dirty tricks and political repression.

In addition, the Los Angeles Committee to Stop FBI Repression is mobilizing to pack the courtroom at 8:30a.m. on July 6 when Carlos Montes appears at Alhambra Courthouse, 150 W Common Wealth, Alhambra, CA 91801. See map.

We invite others to organize solidarity protests, events, or participate in the CSFR Call In Day on July 6, as you see fit.

Please sign the petition for Carlos on the International Action Center website.

Write StopFBI@gmail.com or call 612-379-3585 for more information.

Comments

FBI Repression of antiWar Activity & Violation of Civil Rights

My name is Anna Sowinski, I am from West Roxbury, in Massachusetts. I am writing to tell Attorney General Holder:

•Drop the charges! Hands off Carlos Montes!
•Stop the FBI raids and Grand Jury repression of anti-war and international solidarity activists.
•Return all property to Carlos Montes and the other activists raided by the FBI.

Give peace a chance. Please remember that it is very American to ask for justice. Do not wrongly punish and terrorize the innocent.

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