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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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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. 

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...

IWC Gathering brings 150 religious, lay and community leaders together to work for a Compassionate Immigration Reform

T hank you for everyone who attended CNSC's IWC Gathering: Sanctity, Song and Strategy. The event brought around 150 religious, lay and community leaders together to break bread and strategize on how to work together to achieve a compassionate and comprehensive immigration reform. Representative Jan Schakowsky pledged to work with everyone in the room in order to achieve a just immigration reform by signing a covenant during the Breaking Bread Ceremony. Two new congregations, Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation and...

Pepe Palacios: "The Honduras Coup was our Stonewall"

"The Coup was Our Stonewall"

The LGBT Movement in Honduras LGBT Hondurans March in Captial on 2012 International Day Against Homophobia

LGBT Hondurans march in Tegucigalpa on the 2012 International Day Against Homophobia


On June 28, 2009, the...

Be a Witness for Justice in Washington DC April 5-10!

Join the CRLN delegation to DC to advocate on Capitol Hill for justice in the Americas at Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) 2013 on April 5-8 and the National Day for Immigration Reform on April 10 . Ecumenical Advocacy Days brings together more than 1000 advocates for a...

Remove Cuba from the Terrorist List!

Join a national campaign to urge President Obama to remove Cuba from the State Department's terrorist list! Cuba's presence on this list adds even more barriers between the people of Cuba and the U.S. Let's work together to take a step to improve relations between the U.S. and Cuba! Sign the petition here. More than 5800 people have already signed on the way to a goal of 25,000 people. After you sign, please...

Free Legal Clinic Launches in Berwyn

John Shine, a respected attorney and member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, will be offering free initial consultations to immigrants at Iglesia Unida de Cristo, a founding member of the Immigrant Welcoming Congregations.

The clinic will take place on the fourth Saturday of every month, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1241 S. Oak Park Ave., Berwyn. The first clinic will take place on March 23rd, 2013 . Consultations will cover all issues related to immigration, including the new deferred action and provisional waivers under President Obama's recent initiative.

In addition, a Citizenship Informational Workshop will be...

WOLA researchers question the “need” for more spending on border security

In a talk sponsored by the University of Chicago Human Rights Program, Adam Isacson and Maureen Meyer of the Washington Office on Latin America, a non-governmental organization, voiced the following conclusion after a year-long investigation: those voices in Washington calling for further buildup of border security mechanisms as part of comprehensive immigration reform are wrong. What those voices call a "crisis" on the border, a "war-zone" with violent criminals, "illegal aliens" and terrorists...

Building Bridges and Learning for Life!

Building Bridges to Community

June 21-22, 2013

Join Chicago-area people of faith on this Study Tour and Training on immigration issues in Chicago. Hear stories from undocumented immigrants, community-based organizations and government officials. Enjoy time connecting with fellow participants while you engage in spiritual reflections and study immigration in Chicago’s context. Return home with tools to engage congregations, connections to faith-based organizations, and practical resources for immigrant families....

CRLN awards the first Dick Heidkamp Travel Scholarship to Luke Sullivan

Luke in Chacula Last June, CRLN honored emeritus board member Dick Heidkamp by creating a scholarship fund in his honor. The fund is designed to assist those who would like to participate in a CRLN delegation but cannot come up with the full delegation fee.

In early January, CRLN awarded the first scholarship to Luke Sullivan, a recent college graduate and Dominican Volunteer working as an intern at Arise Chicago, who went on the January 6-18 delegation to Guatemala. Here is a...


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