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. 

25th Annual Pedal for Peace Bike-a-thon raises $11,605 for Latin America solidarity groups!

24 T-shirts from past Pedal for Peace Bike-a-thons, strung along registration tables, fluttered in the wind in celebration as 50 bikers signed up to ride for either 12 or 24 miles. Groups of people gathered for conversation before heading off on the Chicago Lakefront Bike Path, greeting old friends and making new ones.

Six people rose to the challenge of being "Spokes-persons for Justice" by raising $250 or more in pledges: Sheila Brady, Andy Carter, Gary Cozette, Jim Hoover, Sidney Hollander, Dan Hunter-Smith,...

100 people joined us to celebrate Immigrant Welcoming Congregations First Year Anniversary

Thank you for your support!

Interfaith Service- Representative Lisa Hernandez Interfaith Service- Representative Lisa Hernandez

ImmigrantWelcoming Congregations First Year Anniversary was a lovely event with about 100participants in attendance! Thank you to all our supporters and attendees. Here are some of the highlights:


Victory! For CIW and Farmworkers Everywhere!

Chipotle Mexican Grill and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a farmworker-based human rights organization, have reached an agreement that makes Chipotle the 11th company to commit to sustainable food through the CIW's Fair Food Program. The agreement comes in advance of the winter tomato-growing season, when most of the nation's tomatoes come from growers in Florida.

The Coalition is a membership-led farmworker organization of mostly Latino, Haitian and Mayan Indian immigrants working in low-wage jobs throughout the state of Florida....

Who's Killing Human Rights Lawyers in Honduras?

Assassinations of Human Rights Lawyers Prompts Renewed Questions on U.S. Policy in Honduras

On 22 September 2012, Antonio Trejo Cabrera (age 41), a prominent human rights lawyer representing campesino groups in disputes with Honduran landowners, was gunned down while attending a wedding in Tegucigalpa. Only two days later, human rights prosecutor Manuel Eduardo Diaz Mazariegos ...

Join with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers September 15!

On Saturday, September 15 th , from 11 am - 5 pm in Lincoln Park, Chipotle will host its major Cultivate Festival to promote its concept of serving "food with integrity." Yet, despite its claim to be the fast-food leader in social accountability, Chipotle has for years refused to sign a Fair Food Agreement with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and thus is under no obligation to stop buying tomatoes from growers where workers' rights are violated.

Following ten major victories, including...

Victory! US State Department Temporarily Withholds Funds from Honduran Police Forces

In response to a phone calling campaign started by the SOA Watch and after months of pressure from grassroots organizations, including CRLN, the US State Department is temporarily withholding funds to Honduras' National Police Chief Juan Carlos "El Tigre" Bonilla and any law enforcement working under him while an investigation is completed into alleged human rights violations carried out by Bonilla. It is unclear exactly which police forces will be barred US funds, yet the investigation comes as a victory for those working to...

Campesinos Bear Witness as Trial Continues for Former Guatemalan President Ríos Montt

The genocide case against Efraín Ríos Montt and two officials under his command, former General and Army Chief of Staff Hector Mario López Sanchez and former Director of Military Intelligence José Mauricio Rodriguez Sanchez, is moving forward this week in Guatemala City. The process has been stalled by several procedural issues and, on Wednesday morning, attorneys for Rodriguez Sanchez continued with stalling tactics, filing a motion to recuse the current judge, Judge Ángel Gálvez.

Still, the progress being made on this case...

Caravan for Peace--Coming to Chicago!

The Caravan for Peace is a movement of activists making their way across the US to promote peace and dignity for all victims of Mexico's drug war. Javier Sicilia, the leader of the Caravan, is a poet and peace leader whose son was murdered in the drug violence in March of 2011. Inspired by this tragedy, Sicilia has been speaking out, bringing to light the urgency of the peace movement.

The importance of creating this conversation within the US is not lost on the caravan's leaders. An end to drug prohibition, a policy widely discussed in Latin America...

Date Change! Pedal for Peace, October 6th!

Due to a scheduling conflict with the Chicago Park District for the original Pedal for Peace date of September 29 th , the event will now be held on October 6 th . The place and hours remain the same. Click on "2012 Pedal for Peace" under upcoming events on the right-hand side of the page for more details.

Though the date has changed, our excitement has not! This is an opportunity for CRLN members to support health, education, and community organizing projects in Columbia, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

If you cannot bike yourself, you can support the event with a donation or pledge for a biker. Please call the CRLN office at 773.293.2964 with questions...

CRLN-Chicago Presbytery “Pedal the Prairie Path” Raises $2,500 for Educational Scholarships in Colombia

In 2006, CRLN partnered with the Chicago Presbytery in creating a Presbytery Mission Team to create "Congregations in Solidarity with Latin America" (CSLA). At the invitation of Rev. Milton Mejia, then Executive Secretary of the Presbyterian Church of Colombia (IPC), CSLA organized a Chicago Presbytery delegation to travel to Colombia for the IPC's 150 th Anniversary.

Since that time, CSLA has partnered with the IPC to introduce resolutions at the bi-annual General Assembly of Presbyterian Church (USA) calling...


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