San Jose Peace & Justice Center

The South Bay Committee Against Political Repression (SBCAPR) is hosting a silent art auction featuring Bay Area artists to raise money for the legal and organizing defense of Carlos Montes.

Saturday, May 12, 1 to 4 pm
Pomegranate Cafe, 221 East San Fernando Street, San José

There will also be music including hip hop artists and food available for sale by the Pomegranate Cafe. Donation $5 to $20 sliding scale. No one turned away for lack of funds.

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 May 15, 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.

Legal background:
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.

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