Welcome to the homepage of the Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America (CRLN).

Mission: The Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America (CRLN)  builds partnerships among social movements and organized communities within and between the U.S. and Latin America. We work together through popular education, grassroots organizing, public policy advocacy, and direct action to dismantle U.S. militarism, neoliberal economic and immigration policy, and other forms of state and institutional violence.We are united by our liberating faiths and inspired by the power of people to organize and to find allies to work for sustainable economies, just relationships and human dignity.  

Misión en español: La Red de Líderes Religiosos de Chicago para Latinoamérica (CRLN) construye alianzas entre movimientos sociales y comunidades organizadas en EE.UU. y entre los pueblos de las Américas. Trabajamos juntos por medio de la educación popular, la organización de base comunitaria, la promoción de políticas públicas, y la demostración no violenta pero energética para desmilitarizar nuestras sociedades, crear alternativas a la economía neoliberal y desmantelar la política de inmigración de EE.UU, y otras formas de violencia institucional y de Estado. Estamos unidxs por nuestras fes liberadoras e inspiradxs por el poder de la gente para organizar y encontrar aliadxs para trabajar por economías sostenibles, relaciones justas y la dignidad humana.

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CRLN gratefully acknowldges the support of the following Foundations: Crossroads Fund, Helen Brach Foundation, Landau Family Foundation, Pierce Family Charitable Foundation and Woods Fund of Chicago. 

Travel with CRLN to the border November 10-12!

CRLN will again take a delegation of members to Tucson and Sonora, AZ, and Nogales, MX, to participate in the U.S.-Mexico Border Convergence co-sponsored by SOA Watch. We have reserved a block of hotel rooms to make that possible for our members (hotel rooms go quickly, and all available rooms have been reserved already) and will arrange to rent a van for transportation between the cities in which activities will happen. Will you go with us this year to call for an end to U.S. militarization, economic exploitation, and political intervention in Latin America and on the border?

Activities include a vigil at the Eloy Immigrant Detention Center, vigil to close the School of the Americas/Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, march to the border wall, forums and workshops, concerts, and more. See below for details and a schedule.

Contact shunter-smith@crln.org if you are interested in joining CRLN’s delegation and for information about partial scholarships. CRLN Immigration Organizer, Cinthya Rodriguez, will lead the delegation.

Action Alert: Gov. Rauner has until August 28 to sign the TRUST Act!


Pedal for Peace on September 23

Sign up now to ride in CRLN's 30th Anniversary Pedal for Peace Bike-a-thon on Saturday, September 23, 1-5pm! This is a great way to make a difference in the lives of people in Latin America and right here in Chicago! Last year we raised $20,000 to support scholarships in Guatemala and El Salvador, health promoter trainings in rural Colombia, legal aid for campesinos seeking land tenure in Honduras, organizing costs for deportation defense and tenants rights' campaigns in Chicago. With your help, we can raise even more this year. Please invite your friends to participate!

There are 2 changes this year:

Expanding Sanctuary to Include Art, Food and Justice

By Ivanna Salgado, Immigration Organizer Intern

1 August 2017

“Sanctuary Cafe is a new, independent cafe located inside University Church in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood. The ethos behind Sanctuary Cafe arises out of our desire to create a transformational place that induces a close connection between home baked smells, art and justice advocacy in a meticulously curated environment. Sanctuary Cafe is a vibrant justice, art, media, entertainment and activist destination dedicated to justice and human rights organizing.” -...

TRUST Act Victory: Rauner Escucha! Estamos en la Lucha!

By Ivanna Salgado, CRLN Summer Intern

3 August 2017

On Tuesday, August 1st, a group of leaders from many immigrant rights organizations and faith communities in the Chicagoland area met at the Thompson Center to deliver postcards to Governor Bruce Rauner in support of the Illinois TRUST Act . All together 3,600 postcards were delivered. Our partners at Lake Street Church of Evanston, Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation, St. Nicholas Roman...

Dancing Without Borders!

Anna, a 20 year old from Guatemala, and her family, presented themselves at the Mexico-U.S. border at the end of last year, seeking political asylum. Border Patrol agents separated Anna from her family and are holding her at Eloy Detention Center in Arizona while the rest of her family was allowed to move to Chicago to await their asylum hearing. Anna's family is sponsored by the Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ and many other Immigrant Welcoming Congregations in the Chicagoland area. Their goal is to free Anna from detention on bond, allowing her join the entire...

Please Help Release Anna from Eloy Detention Center!

CRLN’s EAD “asks” Letters


Make a Call for the Trust Act and Welcoming City Ordinance!

Let's make 50 calls to the Governor's Office this week in support of the TRUST Act! #WelcomingIL #ExpandSanctuary

Please record your calls here: http://bit.ly/2sQ8uQk


Make a Call for Wilmer's Release!

Please share this message from our friends at Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD). "No me quiero morir aquí" - Wilmer, 6/17/17 #ReleaseWilmer Wilmer y Celene han estado luchando por su liberación desde que Wilmer fue detenido violentamente en Marzo. Wilmer esta parcialmente paralizado y los guardias adentro del centro de detención lo han estado lastimando a propósito. Recientemente se callo y su salud se a puesto...


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