2018 Pedal for Peace Bike-a-thon

Beneficiary groups and project descriptions



Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America (CRLN)  

Founded 29 years ago, 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. Because CRLN has dedicated restricted funds for travel scholarships and for the support of human rights defenders, Pedal for Peace donations will go for general operating support of our regular programming.

Contact person: Sharon Hunter-Smith, shunter-smith@crln.org



Chicago-Cinquera Sister Cities  

Cinquera, El Salvador, is a small community of around 3,000 people in the central part of the country.  In 1992, Cinquera, which had been abandoned during the horrific civil war, was repopulated after the peace accord.  Chicago-Cinquera Sister Cities has been working with a progressive community organization, the ARDM, for many years.  This year, the ARDM has again designated Pedal for Peace donations for the scholarships of five college students who are majoring in computer science, agricultural engineering and education.  The donations will cover their enrollment fees, tuition, transportation, food and housing.  During and upon completion of their studies, the students have made a commitment to live in and work on behalf of the Cinquera community and to support the scholarship program for future students.

Contact personJim Hoover, jimmyishere@hotmail.com



Chicago-Guatemala Partnership  

Saq Ja’, Guatemala, is a rural Mayan community of around 50 families located in the western highlands.  The army burned the community in 1982 during the civil war, killing half of the people.  The remaining people fled, and returned after the Peace Accords in 1996.  After much hard work, the community succeeded in building a primary and middle school to educate children through 9th grade.  The Chicago-Guatemala Partnership, which has accompanied the community since 1999, will again designate this year’s Pedal for Peace funds toward support for the middle school and scholarships for those going on to higher levels of schooling.  Saq Ja’s own scholarship committee will make the final decisions on which students to fund.

Contact person:   Mary Naftzger, maryandbob.n@sbcglobal.net



Concern America (C/A)

The Pedal for Peace Bike-a-thon will support C/A’s community-centered health and leadership program in rural Afro-Colombian and Indigenous communities in the isolated and war-torn Chocó region of Colombia, providing primary health care services to 20,000 people previously without access to such services. This innovative and successful model, known as Health Promoter Practitioners (HPPs), engages the most valuable resource in every village: the people themselves. With a depth of knowledge, skills, and ability to provide health care comparable to the work of nurse practitioners in the U.S, HPPs are able to successfully meet 80% of the community’s health care needs. Funds received from Pedal for Peace will help cover expenses related to the health courses, Teaching Clinic, and community visits, led by the team of advanced HPPs, as well as the visit from Advanced Practitioners from Guatemala.

Contact  person:  John Straw, jstraw@concernamerica.org



La Voz de los de Abajo   

La Voz de los de Abajo has worked in solidarity with campesino and indigenous organizations in Honduras for nearly 15 years on community radio projects, human rights accompaniment and supporting initiatives by small farmers and their organizations. Since the coup in June 2009, it has also organized multiple delegations from the U.S. to Honduras to provide human rights accompaniment to the organizations and communities resisting the coup.  2017 Pedal for Peace funds will be sent to the only hospital in the African-descended Garifuna territory founded and run by a Garifuna doctor, Dr. Luther Castillo, who with his staff of other young Garifuna physicians have treated well over 400,000 patients free of charge since 2007. In addition, Pedal for Peace funds will be sent to the National Center for Rural Workers (CNTC), which provides legal and organizational accompaniment to thousands of campesinos struggling for land and land reform.

Contact personVicki Cervantes, vickicervantes@yahoo.com



Autonomous Tenants Association  

The ATU is a tenants collective, whose mission is to support and defend the rights of tenants in Chicago through collective organizing. More particularly, the ATU seeks to enable tenants across the Chicago area to understand their rights as tenants, as well as to benefit from collective organizing in order to prevent illegal lockouts, request repairs and lease-agreements, and provide defense against eviction. When tenants come together to demand solutions to these problems, landlords are confronted with a greater economic threat and are more willing to reach a settlement.  The ATU was formed by tenants in Chicago to protect and create collaboration among all tenant members to put a stop to the process of gentrification and forced displacement of low-income working class residents of our communities.

Contact person: Antonio Gutiérrez, gutierrez.atu@gmail.com




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