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. 

Celebrate Accompaniment on June 11!

Human Rights Accompaniment

Across the Americas

Celebrating the Past &

Providing for the Future

McCormick Theological Seminary

5460 S. University Avenue Chicago, IL 60615

June 11, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Join us for an evening of celebration, reflection, and dialogue on the...

Joliet Community Wins Battle Against Proposed Immigrant Prison

Victory against ICE's proposed private detention center in Joliet! Victory against ICE's proposed private detention center in Joliet! Yesterday the City of Joliet announced that the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) is withdrawing its plans to build a for-profit immigration detention center in that city. CRLN congratulates the Concerned Citizens of Joliet and ICIRR for this important victory which has nationwide ramifications in the...

Interfaith Prayer Day: Senator Kirk Remarks Immigration Reform "Has a Bright Future"

On Tuesday, May 28 The Chicago New Sanctuary Coalition brought together dozens of religious leaders and networks to pray and take action for immigration reform. Although we did not meet with Senator Kirk personally, a reporter was able to get through , and the Senator affirmed that he believes the comprehensive reform bill "has a bright future," his first public comment on the bill. While the...

URGENT ACTION! New Senate Letter on Honduras

CLICK HERE to send an email to Senators Kirk and Durbin to make sure they sign on this letter!

On Thursday, May 23, 2013, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) began circulating a "Dear Colleague" sign-on letter on Honduras in the Senate . The letter addresses ongoing human rights violations in Honduras, links of the Honduran national police chief to death squads, and continued impunity...

Ríos Montt Trial: Justice Delayed While the Struggle Continues

Indigenous Guatemalans at the trial of Ríos Montt Indigenous Guatemalans at the trial of Ríos Montt Take Action in this case! Sign the petition to protect those brave enough to speak out against genocide!

On Friday, May 10th in Guatemala, Judge Yazmin Barrios found former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt guilty of...

Internationl Delegation Monitors Water Contamination as a Result of Gold Mining in El Salvador

Passing around a vial of brownish, contaminated water from a river near a mine in El Salvador, Salvadoran Franciscan Br. Domingo Solis brought home his message that the international community should support the movement, coordinated by the National Working Group on Metal Mining (La Mesa), to permanently outlaw mining in the country .

"98% of El Salvador's available water is already contaminated enough that it is classified as non-...

Caravan Opening the Doors to Hope / Caravan Abriendo las Puertas a la Esperanza

Join interfaith and social justice leaders to meet Catholic priest, Padre Alejandro Solalinde, and his Caravan Opening the Doors to Hope .

Solalinde is traveling the U.S. with a large group of victimized migrants turned activists who have experienced human rights abuses in Mexico. The stories are shocking: 70,000 Central American brothers and sisters disappearing over the last few years. All the wihle, Fr. Solalinde has been imprisoned and arrested for his work operating a network of shelters. The caravan seeks to...

Faith Voices Impact Committee Hearing for Immigration Bill

May 9th the Senate Judiciary Committee took up the first section of proposed amendments to S744, the bill for comprehensive immigration reform. Thank you to everyone who called, emailed, shared, posted and re-posted to support the call-in day. We are pleased with the results: we WON on many amendments. The worst amendments were defeated, and no increases to the triggers passed.

The next call-in day will be Tuesday, May 14, when the Judiciary Committee will take up the section on a Path to Citizenship. Check back here for more details, or go to http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/ .

If you are looking for information...

What’s bigger than NAFTA? Answer: the TPP

CRLN has been in the streets raising the profile on the biggest Free Trade Agreement (FTA) no one's ever heard of: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

At the May Day celebration, we gathered over 120 signatures asking that Senator Durbin bring this agreement out of the shadows and into our democratic process. During Tuesday and Wednesday's Fair Trade Festival in Daley Plaza , we will join the Illinois Fair Trade Coalition in gathering signatures...

Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia

Now is the time for peace with justice! For over fifty years, Colombia has been engaged in an internal conflict that has left over five million displaced, thousands of victims of violence, and a country yearning for peace. Colombians have suffered through unspeakable violence, forced displacements, kidnappings, widespread massacres, threats against unionists and human rights activists, and the social exclusion of indigenous and Afro-descendant communities.

As part of the National Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia (DOPA)...


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