Sep 232011

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2010, 7:00 PM

Carlos Montes

Chicano and Anti-War Activist, 2008 RNC Protest Organizer , Targeted by FBI for his political views

Speaking on

FBI Witchhunts & 1st Amendment Rights

Unitarian Universalist Church
511 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA
For info call (949) 257 – 8501

For more info on Carlos’s case and what you can do,  please go to

About Carlos Montes:

Carlos Montes is a veteran Chicano activist known for his leadership of the 1968 East Los Angeles education reform movement (see film Walkout), the historic Chicano Moratorium against the U.S. war in Vietnam, and the recent immigrants’ rights mega-marches of 2006.  Carlos was a co-founder of the Brown Berets, a Chicano youth organization of the 1960’s with a 13-point program for peace, justice, equality, and self-determination.

With the 2003 Bush administration war and occupation of Iraq, Montes helped form and lead the L.A. Latinos Against War. In recent years, Carlos helped initiate and organize the Southern California Immigration Coalition, to fight against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and police repression.

Now Carlos is the target of government repression and the FBI’s dirty tricks. When the FBI raided 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 for the mass protests at the 2008 Republican National Convention, where Carlos participated.

Then on May 17, the LA Sheriffs broke down Carlos’ door, arrested him, and ransacked his home. They took political documents, a computer, cell phones and meeting notes having nothing to do with the charges pertaining to fire arm ownership. The FBI attempted to question Carlos while he was handcuffed in a squad car, regarding the case of the 23 Midwest anti-war and solidarity activists.

On June 16, 2011, Carlos appeared in court and obtained the arrest documents showing the FBI initiated the raid. A reporter interviewing a LA Sheriff sergeant confirmed that the FBI was in charge. Carlos Montes is facing six felony charges with the possibility of 18 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.  For more information:

Drop the Charges Against Carlos Montes, Stop the FBI Attack on the Chicano and Immigrant Rights Movement, and Stop FBI Repression of Anti-War Activists NOW! Call Off the Expanding Grand Jury Witchhunt and FBI Repression of Anti-War 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 US Attorney Fitzgerald, President Obama, Attorney General Holder, DOJ Inspector General Fine, the Senate and House Judiciary Committees, Congressional Leaders, U.N. Secy Gen Ban, and members of the media to STOP THE FBI CAMPAIGN OF REPRESSION AGAINST CHICANO, IMMIGRANT RIGHTS, ANTI-WAR AND INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY ACTIVISTS NOW!


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Sep 182011

Defense attorneys Lisa Holder, Jacqueline Goodman, Tarek Shawky, and Dan Stormer presented their closing arguments. Ms. Holder pointed out that the students were being criminalized not because of what they did but because of who they are and what they said; “you cannot divorce the content from the conduct,” she stated. It is apparent that the students are being attacked by the DA for the messages they were conveying.

Yesterday, prosecution attorney Dan Wagner claimed that a person’s right to “free speech is not absolute.” Yet today he stated the ’11’ were being tried because they encroached upon that “uncertain” right to free speech that Ambassador Michael Oren also held.
As Ms. Holder mentioned, the jury “will be the body that separates democracy from creeping fascism.”

Santa Ana Courthouse, room C1 (second floor up the escalators)
700 West Civic Center Drive
Santa Ana, CA 92703

We really need you all to come out for this, if it wasn’t important we wouldn’t be making events and asking you everyday to come out. But seriously folks, your presence there is very important. The last thing we want the jury to see before they go to deliberate is the irvine11 along with a courtroom full of irvine11 supporters. That can only be done if you are physically present! So please come out and get your friends to come as well.

Press conference will begin around noon by the flagpoles outside the courthouse.

For parking: There are $2 and $3 all day parking on Van Ness, just take a right and drive down the street if you are Civic Center Drive. DON’T park in the parking structure because it is too expensive! There is $5 all day parking on the street after Van Ness where the shoe shine shop is.

Don’t let the irvine11 stand alone. This is something they have had to deal with for over 1 1/2 years now, we asking for just a few hours of your time. If you don’t speak for the Eleven, who will speak for you?

Thank You!

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Sep 082011

Orange County Peace Coalition is a sponsor of this event.

We will have a booth and be presenting workshops.

Please come and support us.

Registration For The 2011 Summit Is Active:

Get Your Tickets Today!

Registration for the 2011 Orange County Progressive Summit is now avail­able on our website. Last year’s event was a tremendous success and we hope that you and your organization will join us again on Saturday, Septem­ber 10th to build on the great things we’ve already accomplished.   This year’s Summit will take place in “the heart” of Orange County at the Delhi  Community Center in Santa Ana. We are prepared to host up to 400 participants this year so please plan on attending and bring some new friends along to grow our progressive community even more!   REGISTER ONLINE Please visit our website at to purchase your admission to this unique and amazing event. Tickets are moderately priced at only $15 per person if you buy your tickets online ($20 at the door). Our organizers have worked extremely hard to bring this to you at as low of a cost as possible. With your ticket, you will receive a continental breakfast during registration, lunch, and 2 drink tickets to be redeemed at the “Progressive Happy Hour” immediately following the summit. This is of course in addition to the informative workshops, inspiring speakers, and ex­hibiting organizations.   We are offering a special opportunity for attendees this year: you can be­come an official SPONSOR of the 2011 Progressive Summit with a $100 do­nation; for $250, you can become a GOLD SPONSOR. In both cases,  ad­mission to the event, your choice of workshops, and lunch will be included; in addition, we will put your name in all our publications, showcase your dona­tion in a special section of our program, and give you prime seating for the keynote speakers.
Jim Hightower Jim works to spread the message of progressive populism all across the American grassroots. He frequently appears on TV and radio, bringing a hard-hitting populist viewpoint that rarely gets into the mass media. Christine Chávez Christine has made a lifetime com­mitment to public service, civil rights and the labor movement. Christine’s work is based on the values passed down to her from her grandfather, Cesar Chávez.
EVENT STRUCTURE The Summit’s schedule will be similar to last year’s agenda. For those of you who did not have the opportunity to attend last year, the timeline has been included below:
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Registration / Breakfast (Exhibitor Viewing)
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Opening Plenary with Christine Chávez
11:15 AM – 12:45 PM Workshop I
12:45 PM – 1:45 PM Lunch (Exhibitor Viewing)
1:45 PM – 3:15 PM Workshop II
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Closing Plenary with Jim Hightower
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Progressive Happy Hour (Exhibitor Viewing)
HELP MAKE THE SUMMIT HAPPEN There are many ways that individuals can get involved to help put on this year’s event. We need volunteers to help set up the day before the event as well as assist the day of the event.  To volunteer, please email and let us know your name, phone number, and email address, and we will reply with available options.   Should you have any questions, please contact me at (714) 420-4098.
Daniel Shad OC Progressive Summit (714) 420-4098
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