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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. 

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...

Jorge Mariscal Gets Great News!

Jorge Mariscal is a member of one of our Immigrant Welcoming Congregations: La Iglesia Unida de Berwyn UCC. An active leader in the church, he is also engaged in raising funds for his own kidney transplant operation. Diagnosed with kidney failure at age 17, he is ineligible for public health insurance due to his immigration status. He is surviving on dialysis three times per week now, but his dream is to have a kidney transplant.

After a 21-day hunger strike by Jorge's mother and others at Our Lady of Guadalupe Justice Mission, Jorge received a...

Tell the State Dept. You Support Educational Exchanges with Cuba!

Since the relaxation of some of the restrictions on educational travel in 2010, many academic exchanges are now underway including those organized by Dominican University, DePaul University and Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. More than 70 Cuban scholars attended the May 23-26 Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Conference in San Francisco, but 11 were denied US visas. Many of the 11 had received visas one or more times in the past several years and some had taught at US universities. Can you contact the State Department to tell them you support the free exchange of ideas? To find out how visit http://lawg....

Colombia: Summit of the Americas Sparks Activists to Unite for Summit of the People (People's Summit)

On April 14-15, 2012, the heads of State from North, Central and South America came together in Cartagena, Colombia for the 6 th “Summit of the Americas”. Primarily, a meeting of heads of government with idea of “fostering cooperation and dialog”, this year’s summit offered little opportunities for consensus. No declarations were announced due to the division concerning Argentina’s claims to the Falklands and Cuba’s exclusion from the Summit by the U.S. and Canada. Notably, the President of Ecuador Rafael Correa declined to...


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