NATO is meeting in Chicago this month, and the United States Palestinian Community Network (USPCN, uspcn.org) is calling on all of you to join with thousands on May 20th in Grant Park to stand up to its agenda of unrestricted war and occupation, especially against our people in the Arab and Muslim Worlds.
On Sunday, May 20th, Palestinians, Arabs, Muslims, our supporters, and the CANG8 Palestine Solidarity Working Group will join in a contingent with the National Boricua Human Rights Network (NBHRN, boricuahumanrights.org), the Committee to Stop FBI Repression (CSFR, stopfbi.net), the Committee Against Political Repression (CAPR), and the Coalition to Protect People’s Rights (CPPR).
As well as protesting NATO, we will be calling for: 1) an end to the investigation of the 23 anti-war and international solidarity organizers and activists who were raided and / or subpoenaed to a federal grand jury at the end of 2010; 2) the dropping of all charges against Carlos Montes (see specific information about his case below); and 3) freedom for Oscar Lopez, Puerto Rican political prisoner (http://boricuahumanrights.
On Sunday, May 20, 2012
at 12 Noon
Meet us at the Northeast corner of Columbus Drive and Jackson Boulevard, directly behind the Petrillo Bandshell in Grant Park (near the Jackson Blvd street curb)–under the banner “OPPOSING WAR IS NOT A CRIME!” and near our massive Palestinian flag. You will also see our big banner both before and during the rally at 12 Noon, so you can find us when it is time to march!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to join our contingent, or for more information. Bus and other transportation information will be available soon.
OPPOSING WAR IS NOT A CRIME!
Drop the charges against Carlos Montes!
Join Carlos Montes in solidarity! Join the CSFR Contingent at the NATO Protest in Chicago, Sunday, May 20, 12 Noon!
Carlos Montes is going on trial on Tuesday, May 15, 2012. We are days away now and Carlos Montes urgently needs your solidarity. Please join our contingent at the NATO protest in Chicago. The Committee to Stop FBI Repression in coordination with the protest leaders will march towards the front in a prominent position. We are hoping Carlos Montes will lead our contingent, but he may be unavailable due to the trial. Either way we will have a loud and visible presence opposing war abroad and political repression at home.
Carlos Montes has dedicated his life to opposing war and racism. Carlos Montes has led anti-war protests in Los Angeles from the days of the Chicano Moratorium against the Vietnam War, up to today, forming Latinos Against War to oppose U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Carlos Montes is a hero.
Along with 23 other anti-war and international solidarity activists, Carlos Montes home was raided by the FBI, his papers stolen, belongings ransacked, and now he is going on trial for his decades of activism. Carlos Montes is a well-known Chicano leader and long-time anti-war, labor and immigrant rights activist in Los Angeles. This attack on Carlos Montes is an attack on our movements for peace, justice, and equality. This is an attack on all that is good and progressive.
In addition to marching in the contingent, we are also asking you to call District Attorney Steve Cooley in Los Angeles and demand he drop the charges against Carlos Montes now. Call Steve Cooley at 213-974-3512, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Pacific time, Monday thru Friday. Say, “Drop the charges against Carlos Montes now!”
Please also help by taking a minute to share a couple things with your networks on Facebook, Twitter etc. Please use the hashtag #handsoffcarlos and link to stopfbi.net.
This is powerful YouTube video about Carlos which includes a number to call the LA District Attorneyhttp://youtu.be/LIYixWlA0nY
This is a link to the new petition supporting Carlos Montes and sending your message directly to the LA District Attorney;
Sample Facebook Post:
Powerful new video on Carlos Montes life long fight for justice. http://youtu.be/LIYixWlA0nY. Watch the video and sign the petition. http://www.stopfbi.net/
PROTEST THE CHICAGO NATO SUMMIT