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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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Will the Honduras Presidential Election on November 24 be Free and Fair?

Only if there is a massive presence of international monitors to make it more difficult for the oligarchy and military to steal the vote!

CRLN is partnering with Chicago-based La Voz de los de Abajo (La Voz) to organize a delegation to monitor November elections in Honduras:

When: November 18-27 or 28, 2013 (the week before Thanksgiving)

Cost: $850 (excluding international airfare-SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE!)

La Voz...

On to the House: Fasting and Praying for Immigration Reform

Take Action: Prayer and Fasting for a Better Immigration Reform

July 2013

Brothers and Sisters, we are called to raise our voices for immigration reform: a reform which puts human rights and dignity at the center. We cannot support the ever-increasing funds for militarization and incarceration incorporated in the current Senate Reform Bill S744. We turn toward God to make a better way, a path of reform that will live up to our faith values.

Let us fast and pray, and turn to God. In these days, Muslims are observing Ramadan, a holy month of spiritual purification. Jews are observing Tish'a B'Av, a commemoration the destruction of...

CNSC Satement on S. 744 and Moving Forward with Immigration Reform

On June 27, the Senate passed S.744 the "Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Economic Modernization Act," including the Hoeven-Corker Amendment. This amendment would add 20,000 border patrol agents to the US Southern Border, guarantee 700 miles of fencing along the border and allocate $4.5 billion for specific technology and equipment to achieve full surveillance of the border.

The Chicago New Sanctuary Coalition (CNSC) believes this amendment is a step backwards in creating ‘compassionate reform' centered in human dignity. The amendment unfairly holds hostage a person's process of becoming a legal permanent resident. Individuals have no control over the...

"Human Rights Accompaniment Across the Americas" recap and photos!

On June 11, 2013, over 100 people gathered at McCormick Theological Seminary for good food and conversation with friends followed by the CRLN program, "Human Rights Accompaniment Across the Americas: Celebrating the Past, Providing for the Future." We were delighted to honor three people of three different generations who have acted boldly in solidarity with those whose human rights are under threat, to hear their stories of accompaniment and their insights on how to engage new people in this movement for the future.


Honduras Dear Colleague Senate Letter Gets 21 Signatures!

Thanks to all those who made phone calls and sent messages to Senators Durbin and Kirk about the Senate Dear Colleague letter calling for full investigations into the violence and impunity on the ground in Honduras. Our grassroots heard the call of those brave activists in Honduras to put an end to our country's notorious funding of human rights violations abroad. We heard their call and took one step closer to that goal!

The letter, originally penned by Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) ended up with the signatures of...

Chicago Sun Times Covers Bob Sandman Memorail Vigil at Broadview Detention Center!

The Chicago Sun Times recently published a story about last Friday's Bob Sandman Memorial Vigil, quoting many of the religious leaders in attendance and including a beautiful video of the event. CRLN's Chicago New Sanctuary Coalition, spearheaded by Rev. Sara Wohlleb and Marcela Hernandez, consistently supports the vigil and was key in organizing last Friday's.

The article cites the many motivations of the vigil's attendees' in pushing compassionate immigration reform-among the motivations biblical...

Immigration Vigil at Federal Plaza This Wednesday

Please join the Chicago New Sanctuary Coalition and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights at a vigil for Immigration Reform. The vigil will begin at 8am and last all day, culminating in a massive children's march from 6-8pm. Your presence and prayers are needed throughout the day and especially in the evening hours. Senator Kirk has indicated he will not vote for the reform bill unless it includes even more funding for border security, even though numerous studies have shown that this would be wasteful, unnecessary, and...

Mining In Guatemala: "Life vs. Profit"

CRLN member and Chicago area activist Sidney Hollander reports back from his CRLN delegation to Guatemala this past January:

Sign reads: No to mining. No to the pollution of our natural, water, air and land resources. Sign reads: No to mining. No to the pollution of our natural, water, air and land resources. "Bangladesh.

Life is cheap compared to profit.

What does that have to do with...

Action Alert: Immigration Bill Senate Floor Debate

ACTION ALERT: Now is the time!

Call Your Senators EVERY DAY until Immigration Reform Passes!  

Call 1-866-940-2439  (or 202-224-3121) 

Feel free to use this sample script:



"I am from [City, State, Congregation], and as a person of faith, I urge the Senator to vote YES for the bipartisan immigration reform bill. I urge the Senator to protect the refugee and asylum provisions from negative amendments, and to support amendments that would reunite families, reform enforcement practices to be more humane, and make the path to citizenship more accessible."

NPR: Tell the Whole Story on Honduras!

Protest against charter cities proposal in Honduras. Banner reads: Model Cities: Expulsion of Garifuna People from Honduras. Photo G. Trucchi. Protest against charter cities proposal in Honduras. Banner reads: Model Cities: Expulsion of Garifuna People from Honduras. Photo G. Trucchi. On January 4th of this year, This American Life , a radio show produced by...


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