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. 

2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration & Call to Action

When: Sunday, January 15 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: Willye B. White Park Fieldhouse, 1610 W. Howard Street, Chicago, IL 60626

At the event, 500 people from Chicago and the Chicago-land Area will come together to discuss the important issues facing the community and call on elected officials to make commitments to address those issues. Issues on the agenda include Police Accountability, Living Wages, Immigration Rights, Religious Freedom, and Human Rights for ALL....

Continue resistance to U.S-funded Militarization in Honduras in 2017!

For information on an upcoming delegation to Honduras see here: event/hondurasdelegation2017

(Español aquí) Honduras is the most dangerous country in the world in which to be an environmental activist and one of the most dangerous to be a journalist, union member, or member of a social movement opposed to the current Honduran administration’s policies. Members of the military and police have been implicated in violence against, including assassinations, of members of these groups. 97% of crimes committed in Honduras are left unsolved, with no consequences for the perpetrators.

In this context, we thank you for your signatures supporting the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act (H.R. 5474). They helped CRLN convince 7 out of 10 Democratic Illinois U.S. Representatives to co-sponsor this important legislation introduced by Rep. Hank Johnson. By the end of 2016, the bill, which would suspend U.S. security aid to Honduras pending compliance with international human rights standards, garnered a total of 52 co-sponsors nationwide.

Sanctuary FAQs


( Español aquí) As people of faith and people of conscience, we must pledge to take the lead of directly-impacted communities engaged in transformative work. This includes opening up our congregations and communities for sanctuary. We must pledge to fight with ALL our siblings, brothers, and sisters in the ongoing struggle to dismantle U.S. militarism, neoliberal economic and xenophobic 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.

Please see and download the attached pamplet for more information and answers on sanctuary.

200 Holiday Cards for Sen. Durbin: "Suspend Security Aid to Honduras"

( Español aquí ) On Friday morning, December 16 th , CRLN, La Voz de Los de Abajo, and several other Chicago partners delivered over 200 holiday post cards signed by Illinois residents to Senator Durbin’s Federal Plaza office urging him to place an immediate hold on all military and police aid to Honduras pending compliance with international human rights standards.

CRLN members and many friends stepped up to sign letters to Senator Durbin, a high ranking Senate Appropriator and the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Defense, who has the power to suspend security aid to Honduras given the grave and consistent state-sponsored human rights violations in that country. Our folks met briefly with Senator Durbin’s staff who expressed concern with the situation and who ensured us that they would give the Senator our message. At this time, they were unable to give us a definitive answer about withholding security aid. We will continue pressuring Senator Durbin into 2017 and we expect to work hard to win support from Senator-elect Duckworth as well.

Celeste—CRLN's Public Policy Coordinator—Departs with Gratitude & Determination (Español abajo)

Español abajo (Photo: CRLN staff and OCAD members at CRLN Luncheon, Celeste far right) Reflection by Celeste Larkin, CRLN Public Policy Coordinator, Aug 2012 - Dec 2016: The past four and a half years at CRLN have given me a profound and humbling time of learning, fighting, and advocating alongside a beautiful community that envisions a world where human rights are valued over profit—and, for this, I’m deeply grateful. I’ll be leaving CRLN by the end of this month and will take with me that vision and all that I’ve learned from CRLN staff, board, members, and—most importantly—undocumented people and organizers in Latin America who are fighting for their rights, their lives, and their lands.

As many people can imagine, working at CRLN is more than just having a job. CRLN gives people the chance to take risks and interrupt state violence in the service of transnational solidarity and migrants’ rights. I’ve been able to participate in international delegations wherein committed people from my town learn from and build relationships with organizers in other countries. I’ve helped coordinate speaker tours so that Latin American leaders come to Chicago to share their struggles and connect with people entrenched in parallel struggle here in the U.S. I’ve been able to work with CRLN members to hold our elected officials accountable and speak truth to power, making demands that support CRLN’s vision for world where imperialism & roots of forced migration can be named, checked, and—in the long haul—abolished.

Ecumenical Tribute to Fidel (Audio in Spanish only)

English translation of: http://www.radiorebelde.cu/noticia/tributo-ecumenico-fidel-audio-20161202/

Ecumenical Tribute to Fidel (Audio in Spanish only)

A moving ecumenical tribute for Commander Fidel Castro took place in the temple of the First Reformed Presbyterian Church in Havana. With the lyrics and music of Raúl Torres' most recent song "Riding with Fidel", the procession entered with a light, the Christian flag, the Bible and the banner of the solitary star...

Faith in Action! Fe en Accion!

As a new national administration will come into office in January, we are entering into what seems to many of us a very dangerous time in the life of this country. However, the reality is that for our undocumented sisters, brothers, and siblings, this is nothing new. For our partners in Latin America, this struggle is familiar. CRLN is committed to continuing this struggle alongside these directly affected leaders. We’ll continue building support, organizing out of love and solidarity, and we invite you to take action with us. Please sign up to bring a CRLN presentation, training, or workshop to your community!

To see what presentations we can offer and to schedule one soon, please sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/Xw9Q6g5gJnuH5GFh1

Español : Mientras esperamos una nueva administración nacional en enero, entramos en un periódo que para muchxs de nosotrxs parece un periódo muy peligroso para este país. Mientras tanto, la realidad es que para nuestrxs hermanxs indocumentadxs, esto no es nada nuevo. Para nuestrxs compañerxs en América Latina, esta lucha es familiar. CRLN se compromete a seguir en esta lucha al lado de lxs líderes y líderezas afectadxs directamente.

Para ver que presentaciones ofrecemos y programar una pronto, por favor registrate aqui : https://goo.gl/forms/Xw9Q6g5gJnuH5GFh1

Peace Accords Ratified in Colombia While Black Women Gather to Build Transnational Vison

Español aquí (Photo Credit: Stand for Land Rights in Colombia) After years of negotiations, dozens of Afro- and Indigenous-led mobilizations, and a dramatic and narrow ‘No’ plebiscite vote in October, Colombia’s Congress officially ratified the second version of the peace accord between the Colombian state and the FARC guerillas. While this is not the last step for full implementation, it is an advancement for Peace in Colombia. On Friday, November 18th, CRLN’s Colombian partners at Justicia y Paz spent the evening explaining the history of the armed conflict and the opportunities for human rights defense in the second version of the peace accords.

(Photo: Justicia y Paz with Chicago group in conversation about the status of peace in Colombia and the work ahead) Among the most important updates is that the Ethnic Chapter has remained intact in this second version of the accords. CRLN took part in defending and promoting the Ethnic Chapter in an international effort led by African descendant and Indigenous organizers in Colombia. Additionally, the final version of the accords still includes the “ Special Peace Jurisdiction ,” albeit a weakened version, wherein war crimes and crimes against humanity perpetrated during the conflict can be tried.

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#NoTPP Chicago: 11/17 Mobilization on Mike Quigley (Español abajo)

(Español abajo) UPDATE: This Thursday, CRLN will join with our partners outside the office of Rep Mike Quigley to continue to oppose the TPP and other toxic trade deals that displace and endanger people the world over and that threaten the planet and our democracy. We will come together not just because the TPP is dead this year, but because now is the time to put forward our vision for transnational workers' and environmental rights. We will demand that Rep. Quigley commit to vote with the people on toxic trade deals and oppose global privatization of essential resources & services. #NoTPP See you Thursday!

OJO: Este jueves, CRLN se juntará con nuestrxs compañerxs en frente de la oficina de Rep. Mike Quigley para seguir luchando en contra el TPP y otros tratados de libre comercio tóxicos que desplazan y ponen en riesgo gente de todo el mundo y que amenazan nuestro planeta y democracia. Nos juntaremos no sólo porque ya se murió el TPP este año, sino también porque ahora es el momento para proponer nuestra visión para los derechos transnacionales de lxs trabajadores y del ambiente. Exigiremos que Rep. Quigley comprometa a votar con el pueblo en el asunto de los TLCs tóxicos y a oponerse a la privatización global de los recursos y servicios esenciales. #NoTPP Nos vemos el jueves!



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