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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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Tell Secretary of State Kerry: Respect Venezuela's Democratic Election!

Venezuela's Democratic Electoral Process Venezuela's Democratic Electoral Process Last Friday, representatives of 47 countries were present in Venezuela at the swearing-in ceremony for their president-elect Nicolas Maduro. Yet one nation was glaringly missing: the United States. The refusal of the US to recognize the winner of last Sunday's election is damaging our own nation. CRLN recently signed onto an organizational letter ...

CRLN Presente on Capitol Hill

On April 5-10, CRLN members were in our nation's capital to join with other groups as part of Ecumenical Advocacy Days in education and action on human rights in Latin America, Immigration, and a host of other issues. Members met with their congressional representatives, as well as the offices of Senators Kirk and Durbin. On the home front in Chicago, we called our represenatives' offices to reinforce the efforts toward comprehensive, compassionate immigration reform. One of our Immigrant Welcoming Congregations, St. Nicholas Parish,...

Act today to expand travel to Cuba!

Urge President Obama to grant general licenses for ALL purposeful categories of travel, doing away with the laborious license application process through the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Contact your House Representative TODAY to encourage her/him to sign on to Rep. Farr’s Dear Colleague letter that supports granting...

Tell Your Rep: Support Human Rights in Mexico!

Between 2006-2012, there were 7,441 human rights violation complaints filed against Mexico's military. Zero of these complaints have led to a conviction in Mexico's civilian court system. And, according to Mexico's National Human Rights Commission (CNDH), not a single soldier or federal police officer was sanctioned for any of the human rights violations filed in 2010 and 2011. Representatives Jim Moran and Ted Poe have drafted a Dear Colleague...

The Untimely Death of a Friend

Stephen with family on his 60th birthday Stephen with family on his 60th birthday CRLN is greatly saddened to report that Stephen Coats, the founder and director of the US Labor Education in the America's Project (USLEAP), died in his sleep the night of April 1. Stephen was a valued colleague and great friend of CRLN. Stephen had an amazingly generous spirit, a brilliant mind, an activist faith in God, and an unshakable commitment to human rights and justice struggles in our hemisphere.

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First day of the Guatemala genocide trial: an eye witness account

"We demand justice" "We demand justice" Yesterday, March 18, 2013, was Day 1 of the trial of former President and retired General Rios Montt for genocide of the Maya Ixil people. This is a small subset of the many Mayan people whom Rios Montt attempted to destroy during the scorched earth campaign in the early 1980's during his presidency, but the one for which the prosecution thinks it has the most conclusive evidence.

We at CRLN would like to share...

Support Peace In Colombia: Let’s Get Signatures on the Dear Colleague Letter!

"Colombia Quiere la Paz": Colombia Wants Peace "Colombia Quiere la Paz": Colombia Wants Peace Please ask your U.S. Representative to sign the Rep. McGovern and Rep. Schakowsky's Dear Colleague letter calling for meaningful and inclusive peace in Colombia! To find your Rep and make the call, ...

Reflection on the death of Hugo Chavez

One of CRLN's reasons for being is to connect people living in the US with the views of Latin Americans working with communities struggling for political, social and economic inclusion. Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's president until he died last week, was viewed as a powerful ally by those who formerly felt that their concerns were not addressed by the Venezuelan political process.

We reprint here a personal reflection on what Hugo Chavez meant to her by Lisa Sullivan, who has lived and worked in Venezuela for twenty-eight years and...

Rios Montt trial moved up to March 19

Originally scheduled for August 14, 2013, the trial of former president and general Jose Efrain Rios Montt for genocide of the Mayan people has been moved up to March 19. CRLN takes this as a positive sign of the resolve of the Guatemalan courts to stop the delays and allow this trial to move forward.

The forces against holding Rios Montt accountable for his crimes are still formidable. The presiding judge in the case has already received death threats.

The Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA is...

Colombia Report Back: Acting with Head and Heart

A reflection by CRLN's Public Policy Coordinator, Celeste Larkin:

A little over a month ago, I got back from my trip to Colombia with a Witness for Peace Human Rights Delegation focusing on the War on Drugs and its effects on Colombian civil society. I’ve let the dust settle a bit on the experience and, I think, at this point, I’ve made at least some sense of it all. Colombia’s conflict and decades-old civil war are full of overlaps and confounding realities. To briefly sum up the plots involved would be a misstep...

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