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. 

Join CRLN for Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2014!

As you plan your activities for 2014 calendars, consider marking down on your calendar Ecumenical Advocacy Days, March 21 st -24 th , 2014. This year's EAD theme is "Resisting Violence, Building Peace." It's an opportunity to join CRLN and hundreds of Ecumenical activists from around the country for this weekend long conference and lobby day.

The 2014 EAD theme, "Resisting Violence, Building Peace" resonates with much of our work here at CRLN. We'll be on the Hill exposing the violence of U.S. foreign policy in Latin...

End of the Year at CRLN: Time for Reflection

At CRLN, our time is often spent working to abolish US policies that aid Latin American governments in ways that result in violent acts against those who desire social change, either because of rampant poverty, violence, or exclusion. We struggle against US immigration policies that bring fear, family separation and needless imprisonment. Changing these things is a tall order, and outright successes are few.

The end of the year is a good time to look back and reflect on what has given us energy and has provided meaning for us in...

One Honduras election observer's reflections

As part of the Honduras election observation delegation, I was teamed with Tom Gyori and sent to the polling place at a school named Sotero Barahona in the community of La Altilla, partway up a mountain on one side of the capital city of Tegucigalpa. Wearing our tan vests with "International Observer" written in bold letters on the back, we were dropped off at 6 am by our driver, a member of the National Center of Rural Workers, who told us that the voting district of La Altilla included...

Action Alert: Relief 2 Recovery; Temporary Protected Status for Filipinos Petition

We urge Philippine President Benigno Aquino, President Barack Obama, and Secretary Rand Beers to designate the Philippines for temporary protected status (TPS) under Section 244B of the Immigration and Nationality Act. CLICK HERE to sign petition.

Petition Background: Since Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda 1.9...

Tell State Dept: Stop Legitimizing Fraudulent Elections in Honduras!

The State Department must stop legitimizing elections which have been called into question by dozens of international human rights groups as well as hundreds of 3 rd party election observers. The Honduran people deserve transparency!

Click here to send your message to the State Department!


CRLN Launches 25th Anniversary Campaign

If you were able to join us at the 2013 Luncheon, you proably received one of our 25th Anniversary Campaign Case Statements from CRLN Board member, Dick Heidkamp! If you were able to join us at the 2013 Luncheon, you proably received one of our 25th Anniversary Campaign Case Statements from CRLN Board member, Dick Heidkamp! CRLN...

229 Politically Related Murders in Honduras Under President “Pepe” Lobo

229 Politically Related Murders in Honduras

Under President "Pepe" Lobo

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Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America (CRLN)

20 November 2013



For-Profit Detention Center in NW Indiana: We Must Fight Back!

For-Profit Detention Center in NW Indiana: We Must Fight Back

The GEO Group recently purchased land in Hobart, Indiana, and is likely intending to build the Chicagoland immigrant detention center long sought by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). A new organization, Mass Incarceration and GEO Halt Team -- MIGHT -- was formed by Northwest Indiana residents opposed to the presence of the GEO Group, or any for-profit prison, in the region. They need your help! Sign this petition and your name will be added to the contact list for opportunities to engage, and forward the...

CRLN to Observe Elections in Honduras on November 24

For the first time since the June 28, 2009 military coup in Honduras, fully inclusive elections will be held in Honduras on November 24, 2013. In March 2012, the National Popular Resistance Front, which is composed of dozens of leading social movements, created the LIBRE party to run for all elected offices - including Presidential, Congressional, and municipal offices - in the November 24, 2013 elections .

Over the last 6 months, LIBRE presidential candidate Xiomara...

National Call-In Day: Defend the People's Will in El Salvador!

ACTION ALERT: Defend the People's Will in El Salvador!

National Call-In Day to Congress - Friday, November 15

US Representative Juan Vargas (D-CA) is circulating a "Dear Colleague" letter to Secretary of State John Kerry regarding El Salvador's February 2 nd presidential election. The letter calls for the US government to remain neutral, respect the election results, & work toward a positive relationship with whichever party is...


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