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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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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. 

Tell the Senate: Support Free, Fair and Transparent Elections in Honduras!

ACTION ALERT! CRLN and our partner La Voz de Los de Abajo are sending just shy of 30 people to observe the Honduran elections on November 24 th . The current political climate of Honduras has led to the deaths of 18 candidates from the opposition party as well as dozens of journalists, lawyers and human rights defenders, of which only a handful of cases have been solved.

As impunity reigns in Honduras and citizens lose faith in their governmental istitutions,...

No More Business As Usual: Faith Community Demands Justice for Immigrants

On Wednesday, November 6th, 150 people including community, religious and undocumented leaders decided to use their bodies to be a prophetic voice against current deportation policies and the inaction of Congress to take a vote on citizenship. These leaders blocked an intersection in front of the Immigration Customs and Enforcement building in Chicago, calling on President Obama to stop deportations and on Speaker Boehner to call a vote on reform legislation with a pathway to citizenship. It was inspiring to see a diverse and interfaith group...

Guatemalan survivor Anselmo Roldan to speak November 8 about historic Rios Montt genocide trial

President of the Association for Justice and Reconciliation (AJR) Anselmo Roldan will speak on Friday, November 8 at 7:30 pm at University Church, 5655 S. University Avenue, in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood as part of a speaking tour organized by the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA). His topic will be the historic genocide trial against former dictator and general Efrain Rios Montt, and he will also share his own experience as a survivor of genocide.

During the 36- year civil war in Guatemala, the Guatemalan army...

Faith Leaders Gather to Declare Resistance to Mass Deportations, Urge Congress to Act

Heads of denominations reveal joint declaration of resistance to mass deportations and gridlock in Congress on Immigration Reform, signed by over 100 faith groups and leaders.

Ministers, Rabbis, Sisters Religious, and religious leaders gathered and led and interfaith service on Sunday, October 20th, to unite in a commitment to resist a "cruel and broken" immigration system, and calling on Congress to break the gridlock on immigration reform. The interfaith service was held at Central Spanish Baptist Church in Chicago.

"We will resist ‘business...

Join us for CRLN's 2013 Annual Luncheon!

Groundswell: Challenging the U.S. War on Drugs in the Americas

With Mexico's Javier Sicilia

& Chicago's Walter Boyd ...

Declaration of Resistance to Mass Deportation Endorsed by Over 100 Groups and Leaders

Chicago New Sanctuary Coalition's Declaration of Repentance and Resistance has been signed by religious bodies, heads of judicatories, and faith leaders from throughout Chicagoland and beyond. You can read the text and endorse it here . To see the list of those who have already endorsed, download the attachment below.

For more information on how you can get involved, contact Rev. Sara Wohlleb or Marcela Hernandez at 773-293-3680; swohlleb[at]crln.org; mhernandez[at]crln.org.

2013 Pedal for Peace bikers raise $13,410 in pledges!

On cool and sunny September 22, 54 bikers headed out to ride along the Chicago lakefront path and turned in $13,410 in pledges raised to support projects in Latin America. Our top fundraiser this year was Gary Cozette, followed by Bruce Hanson, Andy Carter, Bob Naftzger, Dan Hunter-Smith, Sidney Hollander, and Sheila Brady. Congratulations to everyone for your efforts!

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Global Day of Action: Stand with Indigenous Land Rights Defenders in Honduras!

Global Day of Action: Stand with Indigenous Land Rights Defenders in Honduras!

Thursday, October 10 th

Call the Consulate: 773-342-8281 OR

Join the Rally: 4439 W Fullerton Ave. at 12:30 PM

October 10 th is the international day of action in defense of our compañer@s! Stand with Berta Cáceres, Aureliano Molina and Tomás Gomez of the Council of Popular and Indigenous...

Representative Roskam Urged to Lead on Compassionate Immigration Reform

On Monday, September 24, 2013, CRLN members and allies representing thousands of faithful across DuPage County came together for a press conference and vigil at St. Paul Lutheran Church to urge House Representatives to take immediate action on immigration reform with path to citizenship and for Representative Roskam to support a pathway to citizenship.

"This is an issue that is really rooted in our faith more than our political leanings," Rev. Melody Eastman, the senior pastor of St. Paul...

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 .

Saturday, October 5 th...

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