Carlos Montes is a veteran Chicano activist known for his leadership of the 1968 East Los Angeles education reform movement, the historic Chicano Moratorium against the U.S. war in Vietnam. He has been actively involved in recent immigrants’ rights mega-marches of 2006 and May Day protests. Carlos is the 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. Carlos was indicted twice, for the East LA 13 Walkout and the Biltmore 6 case, both won.
In September 2013, a Honduran court dictated that widely recognized social movement leader Berta Cáceres, the general coordinator of the Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Indígenas Populares – COPINH (Civic Council of Popular Indigenous Organisations), be jailed while awaiting trial in a political case aimed at destroying Indigenous resistance to a mega-project being imposed on the Lenca communities of Rio Blanco through military force. Two additional COPINH leaders, Tomas Gomez and Aureliano Molina, are also facing charges. This is part of a growing trend of criminalizing social movement leaders across the country, just two months before Honduras’ elections. Call for freedom for Berta Cáceres, an end to the criminalization of COPINH and other social movements, and withdrawal of the military and police from the Indigenous Lenca communities of Rio Blanco.
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Numerous progressive activists and community members will be attending this important annual event. A number of activists from throughout Wisconsin will be receiving awards for their tireless work on a wide range of peace and justice issues. Ms. Babette Grunow of the WI Bail Out The People Movement, will be receiving the WNPJ Adult Peacemaker of the Year award. Ms. Grunow also works with many other groups including the Midwest Coalition Against Lethal Mining and the WI Coalition to Normalize Relations with Cuba. Congratulations to every one for continuing to work to bring a better world into birth!