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. 

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...

CRLN delegation to Guatemala gains awareness, practices accompaniment, looks ahead to advocacy and action

The Jan 6-18 CRLN delegation to Guatemala has returned, full of the experience of meeting with people in Guatemalan communities and organizations. Led by CRLN board member Martha Pierce, "Human Rights, Mining and Migration: The Ongoing Struggle of the Guatemalan People" gave participants an opportunity to meet with present-day history makers in the struggle for human rights in Guatemala. We will feature some of their stories on this website in upcoming weeks.

Here are some of the highlights of their journey...

Rios Montt, former Guatemalan dictator, will stand trial for genocide!

On January 28, a Guatemala court ruled that former dictator and General Jose Efrain Rios Montt, along with former military intelligence director Jose Mauricio Rodriguez Sanchez, must stand trial for genocide against civilian Mayans brutally slaughtered during the time he was President. The Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA) commented, "The opening of trial proceedings today mark the first time that a former head of state will be put on trial for genocide in a Latin American court...

Comprehensive Immigration Reform: “Now’s the Time”

Immigration Reform Now! Immigration Reform Now! On Jan. 28 the "Gang of Eight" Senators released their Bipartisan Framework for comprehensive immigration reform. On Jan. 29 President Obama made his own call for reform, saying, "now's the time."

Indeed, now is the time. Find out how you can get involved! Click Here .

The main points in the...

LGBT Resistance to Violence in Honduras: Pepe Palacios in Chicago!

Pepe Palacios to speak in Chicago. Pepe Palacios to speak in Chicago. Contrary to stereotypes about predominately Roman Catholic countries, Honduras has a vibrant Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) movement which works among the leading forces organizing against the coup regime. LGBTs there have joined indigenous peoples, African descendants, farmers, teachers, women, students, and trade unionists in numerous, massive, nonviolent street demonstrations of resistance.


Join Faith & Healing Delegation to Cuba!

Faith & Healing
June 17 – June 29, 2013 (final dates may vary slightly)
An interfaith dialogue about health with faith communities in Cuba

On this delegation, we will learn from Cuba’s vibrant faith communities about the effects of the U.S. embargo on the health of the Cuban people.  While Cuba’s primary health care system is recognized as a model by the World Health Organization, many medicines are not available or extremely expensive due to U.S. policy. 

We’ll learn how faith communities in Cuba have responded to the shortages of medicine and have developed programs to improve the health of Cubans of all ages. Our trip will include visits to “green medicine gardens” cultivated by many churches, programs for seniors including meals and exercise as well as a pharmacy at a synagogue.

Sign petition to protect Afro-Colombian, indigenous, and human rights groups in Colombia!

AFRODES, the Association for Internally Displaced Afro-Colombians, has initiated a petition to the U.S. Ambassodor to Colombia after the murder of Miller Angulo, one of their members, on December 1, 2012. The murder followed a death threat from the paramilitary group Black Eagles in November targeting not only AFRODES, but also Afro-Colombian community councils, women, internally displaced persons, and grassroots organizations. Francia Marquez, who spoke in Chicago in November, is a member of one of the groups named.

The petition asks the Ambassador to issue a public statement condemning the murders and death threats against human rights defenders and stating the U.S.'s full...

Come bowl with CRLN at the annual Chicago-Cinquera Sister Cities Bowl-a-rama!

Save the date below for a fun event that will beat your late winter blues and support a worthy organization. Join a team of CRLN bowlers, or organize your own team, and help raise funds for Cinquera, El Salvador.

Chicago-Cinquera Sister Cities organizes the event, and money raised will go to ARDM, a progressive community organizing group in Cinquera that has initiated many beneficial local projects. Past projects include reforestation efforts, a youth radio station and college scholarship funds. This year, funds will go to...


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