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Chicano activist and Alhambra resident arrested for firearms possession

Chicano activist and Alhambra resident Carlos Montes was arrested on May 17 after Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant and found a firearm at his home. He was charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a gun, reports EGP News.

Montes, 63, told EGP that police stormed into his house at approximately 5am, then confiscated personal items such his computer and cell phone. He was released on bail the next morning.

Montes is a well-known activist who has been at the forefront of the Chicano Movement, as well as immigration, anti-war, and police brutality struggles. He co-founded the Brown Berets, a Chicano youth organization that drew some of its inspiration from the Black Panther Party. In 1968, Montes helped orchestrate the Chicano Blowouts, a series of walkouts at East LA high schools that questioned the quality of education offered to students. Recently, Montes has joined in protests denouncing the LAPD’s role in Manuel Jamines death.

A throng of supporters, many of themselves activists, crowded the front of the Los Angeles Federal Building on May 20 to protest Montes’ arrest. Protesters accused the FBI of targeting Montes for his involvement in local activism.

Eric Gardner wrote in Fight Back! News that the “trumped-up criminal charges” against Montes “provided the pretext for suppression of political activities critical of the government.”

While Montes has declined to reveal the nature of his felony conviction, EGP News points to an interview he’d done with Telemundo’s Ruben Luengas, in which Montes said he was convicted after being charged with assaulting an officer at a 1979 rally at East Los Angeles College.   

Montes supporters plan to protest outside the Alhambra Court House when he goes in for his first hearing on June 16.

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4 thoughts on “Chicano activist and Alhambra resident arrested for firearms possession”

  1. I believe FBI & Dept of Justice, under Obama have become storm troopers, spying, harrassing & arresting Peace Activists, starting in the Mid-West now targetting Carlos Montes because of his anti-war, pro-immigration stands.We thought things were bad under Bush, but Obama seems relentless in pursuing an extreme right-wing Fascist agenda, most likely to gain support of Republicans. Who is next?

    1. I honestly don’t think that Mr. Obama has any awareness or concern for this particular case. Just like I wouldn’t think that Mr. Bush would have known about it when he was president.

      Do you have any other ‘extreme right-wing fascist agenda’ examples that are taking place in Alhambra we can discuss besides the FBI arresting someone for an alleged crime?

  2. Glad to know that Carlos is ‘still kicking’ !
    Ole, Carlos !

  3. Happens I was ‘the one’ perhaps more than anyone/anything ELSE that ‘got Carlos active’ in Student Government at ELAC. He came to me while I was the elected ASB Men’s President asking how he might become a ‘part’ of School Politics.

    I put him on my staff, and that eventually led to his developing strong community and ‘ethnic’ interests and campus stemmed involvement in MANY diverse interests.

    The Brown Berets followed that, too.

    We had a number of Black Panther Party members on campus, and Viet Nam Protests were frequent. There were a sprinkling of SDS-type students, too.

    I was The Last Person that Knew Him to speak with the SOLE PERSON that was INTENTIONALLY KILLED during the Chicano Moratorium (Gustavo Montag) — Ruben Salazar MAY have been intentionally ‘aimed at’ but debatedly it can be argued that HIS DEATH was an accident, while Gustav was PURPOSELY AIMED AT AND SHOT — and Died On The Scene when he REFUSED to ‘disperse’ and instead ‘stood his ground’ and threw pieces of broken concrete at the Polifce Officers pointing weapons at him.

    Gustavo might not be known by many, and was NOT a Chicano, but rather a Concerned JEWISH Student.

    Then I got Drafted, myself, and I lost contact with Carlos, while HIS ‘Activist Career’ took flight.

    I also served in Student Body Government at ELAC when Art Torres was ASB President, and years later when Gloria Molina got HER ‘community activism’ start…

    Matt Savin

    PS. At ‘that time’ I was a resident of Monterey Park, where I lived for almost 30 years. Later I bought a home in Alhambra, where I lived even longer. Now I once again reside in Monterey Park.