National Call-in Days to Los Angeles District Attorney
Drop the Charges Against Carlos Montes!
Stop the FBI frame up!
Call off the trial now!
Starting today, and through the end of the trial, call
Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley every day 213-974-3512
Demand that all charges be dropped against Carlos Montes!
“Hello, my name is _________ and I am calling from __________. I want District Attorney Steve Cooley to drop all charges against Carlos Montes now. Carlos Montes is being framed by the FBI because of his political activism for peace, justice, and equality. Drop the charges now!”
Contact us and let us know how your calls went: info@stopFBI.net
Carlos Montes is a long-time Chicano activist and a co-founder of the Brown Berets in Los Angeles. Today Carlos Montes is a leader in the anti-war & immigrant rights movements. He plays an important role in the movement against Arizona’s SB1070 and other anti-immigrant laws in the U.S. Montes is the target of government repression and the FBI’s dirty tricks due to his activism. When the FBI raided several Midwest homes and served subpoenas on September 24, 2010, Carlos Montes’ name was listed on the FBI search warrant for the Anti-War Committee office in Minneapolis - the organizing center to protest the 2008 Republican National Convention, where Carlos participated.
Eight months later, on May 17, 2011, the LA Sheriffs broke down Carlos’ door, arrested him, and ransacked his home. They took political documents, a computer, cell phones and activist meeting notes having nothing to do with the charges. The FBI attempted to question Montes while he was handcuffed in a squad car, regarding the case of the 23 Midwest anti-war and solidarity activists.
It is clear the FBI initiated the raid against Carlos, attempting to frame him. Carlos Montes’ trial starts on June 20th, 2012 where he faces four felony charges with the possibility of 12 years in prison due to his political organizing. Carlos Montes case is part and parcel of the FBI raids and political repression centered in the Midwest.
We need you to take action against this repression! Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley needs to hear from you and others who care about justice and what is right.
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. District Attorney Steve Cooley, under the guidance of the FBI, is basing his case on this 42-year-old misdemeanor, disguising it as a bogus felony. Without a past felony, all of the charges Montes is 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.
What else you can do:
1. Circulate the Call In Day information to your lists, community, union, groups, friends, and family.
2. Organize a local protest at your Federal Building or elsewhere on the opening day of Carlos Montes trial - June 20th.
3. All Out for the Trial!
If you are in, or can make it to, the Los Angeles area please attend all or part of the trial. It will go on for several days.
Rally outside the Los Angeles courthouse and pack the courtroom
June 20th, 2012, at 8:00 AM.
Criminal Courts Building, 13th floor, Department 100
210 West Temple Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
4. Donate money to the defense of Carlos Montes - trials are expensive.
and circulate this fund raising letter
5. Sign the petition at http://www.stopfbi.net/petition/national