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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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Protecting the TVPRA & Migrant Refugee Children

TX-Mexico children; Credit: LaPrensa-SanDiego.org Last Monday the CRLN visited the offices of Senators Kirk and Durbin, as well as the offices of Representatives Bobby Rush, Luis Gutierrez, Mike Quigley, Danny Davis, Tammy Duckworth, Jan, Schakowsky, Robin Kelly, Randy Hultgren, Robert Dold, and Peter Roskam to address various of your policy concerns. The issue of the unaccompanied minors was among the concerns brought up by the CRLN delegation. Although it is true that the fewer unaccompanied minors and migrant families will be seeking refuge at our...

CRLN's DC Report Back & Urgent Action

CRLN and our amazing members & allies joined Ecumenical Advocacy Days this weekend where hundreds of organizers, religious leaders & activists from all over the country were building movement against mass incarceration. Then on Monday, April 21st, we took to the Hill to visit the offices of Senators Kirk & Durbin and Reps Danny Davis, Rush, Hultgren, Duckworth, Quigley, Dold, Kelly, Guiterrez, Roskam & Schakowsky.

One of the most urgent issues we discussed in our visits was Fast Track legislation for the TPP—it’s moving quickly in Congress & it’s crucial that your member of the House of Representatives hears from you now! Click to act now & make your call! We’ll be following up with our CRLN members to mobilize around all the issues below in the weeks to come!

We urged the Illinois delegation on immigration justice regarding:

  • Executive Action

  • Protecting the rights of unaccompanied minors

  • Ending the Immigration Bed Mandate and Stopping Deportations.

We urged the Illinois delegation Support on U.S. Foreign and Trade Policy regarding:

Call for “Accompaniers” to Serve One Month in Colombia

CRLN board-member Linda Eastwood is also coordinator of the Colombia Accompaniment Program which was requested by the Presbyterian Church of Colombia, & is run jointly by them &, in the US, the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship & the Presbyterian Church (USA). To date we have trained over 150 volunteers, over 100 of whom have served. The next training for volunteer accompaniers takes place May 21-25 at the Stony Point Center, Stony Point, NY 15 Can you give a month (sometime within the next year) to accompany our Colombian sisters & brothers in the midst of violence? Could you join us for training May 21-25?

Join the #FastTrackDOA & say No to the TPP!

Senator Hatch and Rep Ryan have officially introduced Fast Track legislation. Please call your Congress members now urging them to oppose Fast Track. And please see below a list of the events happening in Chicago this weekend as part of the National Day of Action Against Fast Track . Fast Track would allow the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) & other pending trade deals to be rammed through Congress, circumventing ordinary review, amendment & debate procedures. To the right is a picture of the San Sebastian River in El Salvador after decades of gold mining taken during CRLN's recent delegation to El Salvador focused on grassroots resistance to mining. Commerce Group, the Wisconsin-based mining company that owned the mine, sued El Salvador for millions (though the lawsuit was later dropped) under CAFTA for refusing the company further mining permits. Stopping Fast Track is the single most important thing we can do to prevent corporate trade agreements that threaten to:

Tell World Bank Tribunal, "Side with the People of El Salvador"!

Many of you attended the 2012 CRLN Annual Luncheon at which Brother Domingo Solis shared with us the devastating effects of metallic mining on the water supply of El Salvador. Those of you who were there will remember how little potable water exists in El Salvador and how mining activities were threatening to pollute much of the remaining sources of clean water. He also made us aware of mining companies which were suing El Salvador under the investor-state dispute section of the Central America Free Trade Agreement.

One of those lawsuits, brought by OceanaGold seeking $300 millionis from the government of El Salvador for denying them a mining permit on the basis of inadequate environmental protection plans, is now being heard in the World Bank's International Court for State-Investor Disputes (ICSID). Change.org has a petition to the World Bank Tribunal, initiated by a member of the communitywhere the mine would like to locate, asking them to support the health and well-being of the people of El Salvador by ruling against OceanaGold. Please click here to sign the petition:

CRLN Prepares for Meeting with Mayor Emanuel on Police Abuse

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El 24 de marzo, el 35 aniversario del asesinato del arzobispo Romero, nos unimos con Community Renewal Society, ONE Northside y el Jane Addams Senior Caucus para una acción "Die-In" en el Ayuntamiento. Tito Moreno, Martinelli Quintanilla, Mario Venegas, y la Reverenda Marilyn Pagan Banks hablaban en nombre de CRLN. Después de una hora de la presión y tres arrestos, representantes del alcalde se comprometieron arreglar una reunión con Rahm Emanuel, el 4 de abril.

Nos hemos comprometido a luchar por los...

Four Honduran students found dead after leaving demonstrations

For the last 12 days, high school students have taken to the streets to protest a decision by the Minister of Education to lengthen regular hours of the school day to 7 p.m. Students say that the later hour would mean traveling home from school after dark. This would put their safety at risk, because of the violence and lack of public security on Honduran streets at night.

In a macabre confirmation of student fears, four male high school students were found dead Tuesday night after attending the demonstration. Wednesday morning, the body of a 13 year old girl, who had denounced to a TV interviewer President Juan Orlando Hernández’ inaction in the face of student protests, was found dead; she never made it home after her comments.

University students joined in the demonstrations in support of the high school students. They also were protesting new requirements that those wanting to be teachers would now be required to enroll in expensive secondary schools or travel to the university in Tegucigalpa, putting a teaching career out of the reach of the majority of Hondurans.

Caravana 43 en Chicago / Caravana 43 in Chicago

Caravana 43 en Chicago / Caravana 43 in Chicago Friday, April 3rd - Monday, April 6th ¡Ojo! 4 de lxs padres de lxs 43 estudiantes de Ayotzinapa van a estar en Chicago el fin de semana 3-6 de abril. Abajo y adjunto en el volante hay una lista de todos los eventos públicos para este fin de semana. ¡Espero verles en los eventos! Y si Ud. está interesadx en ser voluntarix para uno de los eventos, póngase en contacto con Celeste Larkin en clarkin@crln.org . ¡Ojo! 4 parents of the 43 disappeared students from Ayotzinapa will be in Chicago for the weekend of April 3rd-6th. Below is a list of all the public events with the parents during their time in Chicago. We hope to see you there and if you're interested in volunteering at one or more of these events, contact Celeste Larkin at clarkin@crln.org .

2015 Coming Out of the Shadows; "Faltan 7 Millones y Falto Yo."

Last Saturday, Federal Plaza was site to the 6 th Annual Coming Out of the Shadows event. While many Chicagoans were busy celebrating St. Patty’s Day, CRLN staff and members chose instead to be in the presence of members of the undocumented community who had made the decision to publicly share their stories of struggle.

At this year’s Coming Out of the Shadows we were able to hear from local undocumented members of the community who shed light on the fac that in Cook County alone, 52% of the undocumented immigrant population will remain excluded from any form of relief. WIth an injunction temporarirly halting DACA& DAPA and deportations remaining unabated, they remiinded us of the urge to remain vigilant, united, and continuously prepared to act.

Venezuela suspicious of U.S. intentions

CRLN is increasingly concerned about the one-sided U.S. media coverage of the social protests and government response to them in Venezuela for the past year. The U.S. mainstream media has portrayed the protesters as human rights victims and the government of Nicolas Maduro as repressive human rights violators. However, the media has not explored evidence for the Maduro administration’s claim that it was the victim of an attempted coup , funded and encouraged by the U.S., instead, endlessly ridiculing that claim. Ridicule does not equal evidence.

Now that the Obama administration has called Venezuela a “national security threat” and has slapped sanctions on Venezuela, even as it has recognized the failure of sanctions to produce change in Cuba and has called for the lifting of sanctions against that nation, it is past time to consider the evidence that the U.S. indeed supports a coup in Honduras. Click here to read an informative article written by the staff of the Council on Hemispheric Affairs including a brief history of recent coups in the hemisphere and background of Venezuela's suspicions of U.S. intentions.


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