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Committee to Stop FBI Repression (stopfbi.net)
From the Committee to Stop FBI Repression
 
SIGN the new online petition at iacenter.org/stopfbi
  • Drop All Charges against Carlos Montes, and immediately return all of his property!
     
  • Stop the attack on the Chicano and Immigrant Rights Movements!
     
  • Call Off the Expanding Grand Jury Witch Hunt and FBI Repression of Chicano, Immigrant Rights, Anti-War and International Solidarity Activists NOW!
     
  • Cancel the Subpoenas! Cancel the Grand Juries!
     
  • Condemn the FBI Raids and Harassment of Chicano, Immigrant Rights, Anti-War and International Solidarity Activists!
Tell U.S. Attorney Fitzgerald, President Obama, Attorney General Holder, Department of Justice Inspector General Fine, the Senate and House Judiciary Committees, Congressional Leaders, U.N. Secretary Gen Ban, and members of the media “Stop the FBI campaign of repression against anti-war and international solidarity activists now!”
 
SIGN the online petition at iacenter.org/stopfbi
 
On May 17, 2011 at 5:00 AM, the SWAT Team of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and members of the FBI raided the home of Carlos Montes, a long time Chicano activist and active member of the Committee to Stop FBI RepressionThe SWAT Team smashed the front door and rushed in with automatic weapons as Carlos slept. The team of Sheriffs and FBI proceeded to ransack 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. Also taken were hundreds of historical documents related to Carlos Montes’ involvement in the Chicano movement for the past 44 years.
 
Carlos was arrested on one charge dealing with a firearm code and released on bail the following morning. His first court appearance is set for June 16, 2011. There will be many solidarity actions on that day.
 
This attack on Carlos Montes is part of the campaign of FBI harassment taking place against the 23 peace and justice activists which has until now been centered in the Midwest. Carlos Montes’ name was listed on the subpoena left in the office of the Twin Cities Anti-War Committee last September 24. When Carlos Montes was placed in the LA County Sheriff's car, an FBI agent approached 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 an involved and a committed leader in the immigrant rights, anti-war, solidarity and quality education movements his whole adult life.
 
Stop the Attacks on the Chicano and Immigrants Rights Movement!
 
We demand all charges be dropped against Carlos Montes. We call for the immediate return of all his property.
 
-- Please SIGN the online petition
at iacenter.org/stopfbi
   (sample text below)
-- Please also call and write U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder(202) 353-1555 and demand “Hands Off Carlos Montes and Other Activists.”
 
Sample petition text (you will be able to modify it if you like):
To: U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald, President Barack Obama, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder,
cc: Vice President Biden, DOJ Inspector General Fine, the Senate and House Judiciary Committees, Congressional Leaders, the Congressional Black Caucus, U.N. Secy Gen Ban, and members of the media
 
 ** Drop All Charges against Carlos Montes, and immediately return all of his property!
 ** Stop the attack on the Chicano and immigrant rights movements!
 ** Call Off the Chicago Grand Jury and Stop the Expanding Witchhunt against anti-war and International Solidarity Activists!
 ** Hands Off Palestine Solidarity Activists!
 ** Throw Out the reactiviated subpoenas against Tracy Molm, Ann Pham and Sarah Martin in Minneapolis, and ALL of the 14 subpoenas from the September 24 FBI raids of homes of anti-war and international solidarity activists.
 **Immediately return all confiscated materials: computers, cell phones, papers, documents, etc.
 **End the grand jury proceedings against anti-war activists.
 
     I am writing to oppose the continuation and expansion of the FBI campaign of harassment of immigrant rights, anti-war and Palestine and other International Solidarity Activists, including the raid on the home of Carlos Montes and his arrest and the confiscation of his property, the 9 added subpoenas in the Chicago area, and reactivation of 3 of the original 14 subpoenas from the September 24 FBI raids of anti-war and international solidarity activists' homes.
      These activists are guilty of no crime but opposition to U.S. foreign policy. On Friday, September 24, 2010 the FBI raided seven houses and an office in Chicago and Minneapolis. The FBI served subpoenas to testify before a federal grand jury to 13 activists in Illinois, Minnesota, and Michigan. The FBI also attempted to intimidate activists in California, Wisconsin and North Carolina. This is not the action of a lone prosecutor. The raids were coordinated nationally, spanned several cities, and many other activists have been visited and personally threatened by the FBI.
       The FBI confiscated computers, email and mailing lists, cell phones , cameras, videos, books, and passports. This is a dangerous attack on the constitutional rights of free speech of every social justice, antiwar and human rights activist and organization in the U.S. today. The right to speak, meet and write opinions is guaranteed under the constitution.
       This suppression of civil rights is aimed at those who dedicate their time and energy to supporting the struggles of the Palestinian and Colombian peoples against U.S. funded occupation and war. Grand Jury subpoenas investigating material support of terrorism are being used to silence highly respected and well known human rights activists. This is a dangerous national effort to shut down growing opposition to U.S. wars. It cannot be allowed.
       The FBI and the Grand Jury are threatening courageous individuals who have written and spoken publicly to broaden understanding of social justice issues of war and occupation. The activists are involved with many groups, including: the Twin Cities Anti-War Committee, the Palestine Solidarity Group, the Colombia Action Network, Students for a Democratic Society, and Freedom Road Socialist Organization. These activists came together with many others to organize the 2008 anti-war marches on the Republican National Convention in St. Paul.
       The FBI and the U.S. government must end this campaign of intimidation against anti-war and international solidarity activists. I am outraged at this disrespect of democratic rights. I ask that you intervene immediately to:
 
**Stop the Grand Jury Witchhunt!
**Stop the expanded repression against anti-war and international solidarity activists.
**Immediately return all confiscated materials: computers, cell phones, papers, documents, etc.
**End the grand jury proceedings against anti-war activists.
 
Sincerely,
(your signature here)

 
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In solidarity,
The Committee to Stop FBI Repression
www.StopFBI.net
 

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UPDATED May 27, 2011 12:03 AM
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