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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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On Friday December 13th, Immigration agents raided an apartment building in the north side of Chicago, knocked on all the doors looking for a suspect, and checked the immigration status those they found in their way. Anibal Eligio Fuentes-Aguilar, a worker and father from Guatemala, and building resident was placed in immigration detention that night.

After Anibal's family and community mobilized, he was released from detention two weeks later, given an ankle bracelet, placed under continuous monitoring. On Friday January 31st, his request for prosecutorial discretion was...

CNSC Statement on Republican Standards for Immigration Reform

The Chicago New Sanctuary Coalition (CNSC), a coalition of congregations, religious and lay leaders in the Chicagoland area, acknowledges the release of the Republican Party's standards for immigration reform. CNSC is called to engage faith communities and leaders through education, advocacy, and action to work for immigrant justice.

We have been advocating for just and humane reform for many years and believe these principles fall short of what we need to fix our broken immigration system.

The Republican leadership...

2/1 Rally: Fast Track is the Wrong Track!

Saturday, February 1st: Labor and Faith Leaders, Environmental, Human Rights, and Immigration Activists, the Chicago community took to the streets to tell Rep. Mike Quigley not to Fast Track the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a.k.a. NAFTA on steroids. Fast Track would keep the TPP in the dark, away from the public, the media and even our democratically elected members of Congress. Thus far, Rep. Mike Quigley has not committed to defending his constituents by saying no to Fast Track legislation.

Fast Track is not...

Education and Action at EAD 2014

Conference participants meet up after a session. Conference participants meet up after a session. Still considering joining CRLN this year for Ecumenical Advocacy Days from March 21 st -24 th ? The 2014 EAD theme, "Resisting Violence, Building Peace" resonates with much of our work here at CRLN. The weekend is full of opportunities to learn more about issues of justice and resistance in Latin America and in the Immigration sphere here...

World Bank Loan Ignores 200+ Campesino Murders

Miguel Facussé is the wealthiest and most powerful man in Honduras and one of the faces behind the June 2009 military coup in Honduras. 2011 Wikileaks cables revealed that the US Embassy in Honduras has known since 2004 that Facussé is a drug trafficker. He employs a small army of private security guards to protect the interests of his Corporación Dinant , a palm oil and food company that is one source of his wealth. Located in the Lower Aguán Valley in Honduras, Dinant has been expanding its palm oil...

NAFTA at 20: Public Citizens' Report

Public Citizen has published a thorough review of the past 20 years of NAFTA with their new report, " NAFTA at 20: One Million U.S. Jobs Lost, Mass Displacement and Instability in Mexico, Record Income Inequality, Scores of Corporate Attacks on Environmental and Health Laws." Click here to see the report.


Disturbing Revelations

Just as we were all winding down our work for the holidays in December, the Washington Post published an article on December 21, 2013 titled "Covert Action in Colombia: U.S. intelligence, GPS bomb kits help Latin American nation cripple rebel forces." Written by Dana Priest, the Washington Post reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize for Best Reporting in 2006 for her reports on secret prisons used by the CIA in the US "War on Terror," this article exposes the existence since 2003 of a multi-billion dollar secret...

In the News: Failing U.S. Drug War & Fatal DEA Raid in Ahuas, Honduras

Last week on Chicago Public Radio, WBEZ's Jerome McDonnell aired an amazing interview with Mattathias Schwartz, author of " A Mission Gone Wrong " in the New Yorker.

The article describes the immense resources being poured into the hemispheric ‘War on Drugs' and illustrates the murky tactics and violent outcomes of that war as...

Fast Tracking NAFTA on Steroids? Make a call now!

Word on Capitol Hill is that a Fast Track bill will come up for a vote any day now for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a.k.a. NAFTA on steroids. As the CRLN community knows, Fast Track (or Trade Promotion Authority) legislation is what allows free trade agreements (FTAs) to bypass the democratic process, allowing our Representatives only limited debate and zero amendments on the TPP, the newest, massive, corporate-authored FTA.

Many pro-Fast Track Reps say that Fast Track gives them a chance to demand that, for example,...

CRLN & La Voz de los de Abajo Talk Honduras on WBEZ's Worldview

WBEZ's Jerome McDonnell has done some great work making sure that the stories from Honduras make it onto his Worldview show and into Chicago's media, and he's used the expertise of CRLN and our partners to make it happen.

Listen in to Matt Ginsberg-Jaekle and Vicki Cervantes from La Voz de los de Abajo explaining the fraud in Honduras' November 24 th elections and the environment of impunity and violence that favors Honduras'...


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