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Take action in solidarity with Carlos Montes, veteran Chicano activist and immigrants’ rights leader

Join the National Day of Action - Thursday, June 16, 2011
by Committee to Stop FBI Repression |
June 3, 2011
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Fight Back News Service is circulating the call from the Committee to Stop FBI Repression, urging cities to organize actions in support of Carlos Montes, a longtime activist for worker and immigrants’ rights.

We are calling for protests on the day that Carlos Montes appears in court in the aftermath of the FBI and Los Angeles Sheriff’s raid on his home. Please organize an action in your city - then email the info to us ([email protected]) and we will post it to the website.

In an expansion and intensification of FBI repression of political activists, a SWAT Team along with the FBI smashed down the door and rushed in with automatic weapons as Carlos Montes’ slept in his home on May 17, 2011 at 5:00 AM. Carlos is a longtime Chicano activist and active member of the Committee to Stop FBI Repression. The raiders ransacked his house, taking his computer, cell phones and hundreds of documents, photos, diskettes and mementos of his current political activities in the pro-immigrant rights and Chicano civil rights movement. Hundreds of historical documents related to the Chicano movement were taken away. He was arrested on one charge dealing with a firearm code and released on bail the following morning.

This attack on Carlos Montes is part of the campaign of FBI harassment targeting 23 peace and justice activists which has until now been centered in the Midwest. Carlos Montes’ name was listed on the search warrant left in the office of the Minneapolis Anti-War Committee last September 24. An FBI agent approached Carlos while he was in a squad car and asked him questions about the Freedom Road Socialist Organization.

Carlos Montes has done nothing wrong. This is an attack on him and an attack on the Chicano movement for equality. Carlos has been involved and a committed leader in the immigrant rights, anti war, solidarity, and quality education movements his whole life. Please stand with Carlos and defend all the movements for equality and justice.

On June 16, Carlos Montes will appear in court. We need your support. Join in protest with thousands across the country and demand:

  • Drop the Charges Against Carlos Montes!
  • Stop FBI Attacks on the Chicano and Immigrant Rights Movements!
  • Stop FBI Repression of Anti-War and International Solidarity Activists NOW!

Take Action! Please organize a local protest or picket in your city on Thursday, June 16. E-mail us at [email protected] to let us know what you have planned. Check out to see if there is an action in your area.

If you have not already done so, please sign the Carlos Montes petition.

In solidarity,

The Committee to Stop FBI Repression