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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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Immigration: October is Mobilization Month

Immigration reform efforts are stalled in the House of Representatives. Meanwhile, deportations continue at a record pace, with Obama on track to deport 400,000 people this year. We cannot be silent! CRLN is joining with millions of voices across the country for a series of actions in October--contact Sara or Marcela for information on any of the events: 773-293-3680. E-mail: swohlleb@crln.org ; mhernandez@crln.org .

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Pedal for Peace funds support farmworkers in Honduras!

CRLN is proud to support the work of partner organizations with funds we will raise through our annual bike-a-thon, Pedal for Peace, which will take place on Sunday, Sept. 22, 1:00 - 4:30. This week we focus on La Voz de los de Abajo .

La Voz de los de Abajo has worked in solidarity with campesino and indigenous organizations in Honduras for 15 years, initially in response to the devastation caused by natural disaster Hurricane Mitch. However, recurring military overthrows of the government constitute social disasters...

University students from rural El Salvador benefit from Pedal for Peace!

Chicago-Cinquera members at Pedal for Peace 2012 Chicago-Cinquera members at Pedal for Peace 2012 CRLN is proud to support the work of partner organizations with funds we will raise through our annual bike-a-thon, Pedal for Peace, which will take place on Sunday, Sept. 22, 1:00 - 4:30. This week we focus on Chicago-Cinquera Sister Cities.

Chicago-Cinquera Sister Cities works in partnership with the mountainous Salvadoran municipality of Cinquera, specifically...

Chilean Resistance: 40 years from September 11, 1973

Chile, 1985: Women soaked by water cannon during a demonstration against Pinochet on International Women’s Day in Santiago. Photograph: Julio Etchart/Julio Etchart Chile, 1985: Women soaked by water cannon during a demonstration against Pinochet on International Women’s Day in Santiago. Photograph: Julio Etchart/Julio Etchart This...

Citizenship Applications of Muslims Denied & Delayed Unfairly

Through a previously unknown national security program known as the "Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program" (CARRP), the US government delays and/or denies the citizenship applications of many immigrants from Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian communities without legal authority, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. Furthermore, the FBI has used these unfair delays to blackmail applicants to work for them as informants, telling applicants that the FBI can help them get their long-delayed...

200,000 Take to Colombia's Streets! YOU Can Support!

Protests in Sincelejo (Photo: Marcha Patriotica) Protests in Sincelejo (Photo: Marcha Patriotica) Last week more than 200,000 Colombians converged on Bogota for a nationwide strike to protest free trade, privatization and poverty. According to Common Dreams , the strike began as a protest by campesinos and spread to encompass teachers, miners and other sectors of society. (...

K'iche Mayan Students Benefit from Pedal for Peace!

Saq Ja' middle school girls Saq Ja' middle school girls CRLN is proud to support the work of partner organizations with funds we will raise through our annual bike-a-thon, Pedal for Peace, which will take place on Sunday, Sept. 22, 1:30 - 4:30. This week we focus on Chicago-Guatemala Partnership.

The Chicago-Guatemala Partnership was begun in 1999 by members of University Church under the direction of Virgilio Vicente to accompany Virgilio's rural home...

Call Your Representative- Say No to SAFE Act!

CALL Your Representative TODAY!

Say NO to the "SAFE" Act - we need immigration reform that reunites families & creates a path to citizenship!

As the House continues to stall progress toward immigration reform, one bill that has passed the House Judiciary Committee is getting more attention - the Strengthen And Fortify Enforcement Act "SAFE Act" (H.R. 2278). This is a very dangerous bill that would hurt and criminalize our...

Rural Afro-Colombian and Indigenous communities benefit from Pedal for Peace!

CRLN is pleased to support the work of partner organizations with funds we will raise through our annual bike-a-thon, Pedal for Peace, which will take place on Sunday, Sept. 22, 1:30 - 4:30. This week we focus on Concern America.

Concern America believes that the transformation of impoverished communities comes from engaging local members in the solutions to their problems. Concern America's Field Team Members not only train local people to become health promoter practitioners in their own communities, they also visit the...

Solidarity from Chiapas With California Prison Hunger Strikers

Solidarity from Chiapas With California Prison Hunger Strikers

The exponential expansion of the Prison Industrial Complex and the skyrocketing rates of mass incarceration of people of color are trends directly related to the U.S. War on Drugs, the theme for CRLN's Annual Luncheon on November 6, 2013. "Groundswell: Challenging the U.S War on Drugs in the Americas" will focus on the devastating effects of the War on Drugs on people both in Latin America and in the United States and...

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