CRLN is glad to announce a special event in partnership DePaul Art Museum and host Human Rights defenders for a discussion on the legacy of Central American activism and solidarity in the 1980s, its influence in Chicago and the work for Human Rights today. International Solidarities: Panel with Current Central American Humanitarian Defenders will happen on Wednesday, April 19 at 6pm at the DePaul Art Museum. Our dear colleagues Daysi Funes, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Centro Romero, Yesenia Portillo from CISPES (Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador) and Mario Venegas, a Human Rights defender from Chile with the Chicago Torture Justice Center and a torture survivor himself will participate in the panel. The event will be co-moderated by Lydia Saravia, faculty at DePaul University, both Lydia and Mario are CRLN board members and will add their unique experiences and thoughts to the event. Jhonathan F. Gómez, Latin America Program Coordinator will co-moderate the event. This event is directly related and a way for the people of Chicago to respond to the art exhibit ART FOR THE FUTURE: ARTISTS CALL AND CENTRAL AMERICAN SOLIDARITIES, which opened at the museum on March 23 and will be remain there until August 6, 2023. The exhibit “¨¨¨focuses on the seminal 1980s activist campaign, Artists Call Against US Intervention in Central America. Growing out of the friendships, solidarity networks, and political organizing amongst artists and activists such as Daniel Flores y Ascencio, Lucy Lippard, Doug Ashford, Leon Golub, and Coosje van Bruggen”.

This event is also presented in partnership with DePaul University’s Center for Latino Research and the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse.

Please register here.
‣ Additional information here.

Contact Jhonathan F. Gómez at jgomez@crln.org to learn more.

We also recommend this video by PBS NewsHour on the exhibit

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Position Description:

The Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America (CRLN) is a faith-based organization that uses education, advocacy, accompaniment, and action to mobilize faith communities and leaders to work for immigrant justice and to build Immigrant Welcoming Congregations/Communities. We engage leaders from all social classes, ethnic and faith backgrounds. We have worked with partner organizations for wins on a variety of campaigns to stop deportations and to build interfaith power to hold ICE accountable nationally and locally. 

CRLN seeks a highly motivated and organized individual to join our team as the Immigration Program Coordinator. The Immigration Coordinator will work to coordinate and strengthen the Immigrant Welcoming Congregations and all aspects of our immigration program, including advocacy, community organizing, education, and ensuring the coordination of the Sanctuary Working Group (SWG) in collaboration with the SWG Advisory Team.

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This resource guide is a helpful introduction to passionate faith communities, organizations, and community members interested in providing temporary housing (3 months to over one year) to our asylum-seeking neighbors. Providing a safe and welcoming place for asylum seekers to call home for a while is a beautiful way to put our faith and belief in humanity into action – to love our neighbors as ourselves. It is also a powerful expression of solidarity amidst a complicated, and often unjust immigration system. 

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