(texto en el lenguage español, abajo del texto en inglés)

Loyet Ricardo García Broche

Loyet was born in the town of Fomento, a municipality located in the province of Sancti Spíritus, in the heart of Cuba. His childhood was spent in a small rural village, where he spent most of his life. From a young age, Loyet became interested in social issues and the defense of human rights, a passion that would accompany him throughout his life.

His journey at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Center in Havana began many years ago when he joined the Faith for Cuba Ecumenical Network. However, it was in 2016 when he decided to move to the capital to work as a theologian at the Center. In 2022, he was elected as a member of the Collegiate Coordination, a position he has held with commitment and dedication to this day.

The defense of human rights is not just a job for Loyet; it is a conviction rooted in his personal values and faith. For him, the struggle for a fairer and more equitable world is a moral responsibility inspired by the example of Jesus and the values of the Kingdom. Despite challenges such as religious fundamentalism and precarity in the Cuban context, Loyet approaches his work with determination and hope.

To disconnect from work and recharge, Loyet enjoys activities such as cooking, dancing, playing the guitar, and spending time with friends and family. Contact with loved ones, especially his parents, is a source of happiness and motivation to continue his fight for human rights and social justice in Cuba.


Loyet Ricardo García Broche

Loyet nació en el pueblo de Fomento, un municipio ubicado en la provincia de Sancti Spíritus, en el corazón de Cuba. Su infancia transcurrió en un pequeño pueblo rural, donde pasó la mayor parte de su vida. Desde muy joven, Loyet se interesó por las cuestiones sociales y la defensa de los derechos humanos, una pasión que lo acompañaría a lo largo de su vida.

Su trayectoria en el Centro Memorial Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. en La Habana comenzó hace muchos años, cuando se unió a la Red Ecuménica Fe por Cuba. Sin embargo, fue en 2016 cuando decidió trasladarse a la capital para trabajar como teólogo en el Centro. En 2022, fue elegido como miembro de la Coordinación Colegiada, una posición que desempeña con compromiso y dedicación hasta el día de hoy.

La defensa de los derechos humanos no es solo un trabajo para Loyet, es una convicción arraigada en sus valores personales y en su fe. Para él, la lucha por un mundo más justo y equitativo es una responsabilidad moral que encuentra inspiración en el ejemplo de Jesús y los valores del Reino. A pesar de los desafíos, como el fundamentalismo religioso y la precariedad en el contexto cubano, Loyet aborda su labor con determinación y esperanza.

Para desconectar del trabajo y recargar energías, Loyet disfruta de actividades como cocinar, bailar, tocar la guitarra y pasar tiempo con amigos y familiares. El contacto con sus seres queridos, especialmente con sus padres, es una fuente de felicidad y motivación para seguir adelante en su lucha por los derechos humanos y la justicia social en Cuba.

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We are very happy to share that CRLN was chosen as one of three recipients of the esteemed HumanitiesX fellowship at DePaul University. After months of work, on April 1, the CRLN Team launched a course titled ¨Historical Memory Project: Ni Olvido, Ni Perdón¨ based on the HumanitiesX theme of democracy and rights, which is being offered to DePaul students this Spring Quarter, 2024.

What is HumanitiesX you might ask? HumanitiesX is an innovative program that redefines the boundaries of traditional education by fostering interdisciplinary collaboration, community engagement, and experiential learning in the humanities. It offers year-long fellowships to teams comprised of faculty members, community partners, and students from DePaul University’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. You can read more at DePaul’s website here.

The CRLN Team is Susana Martínez, Associate Professor in Modern Languages and Peace, Justice, & Conflict Studies, and Lydia Saravia, Professional Lecturer in Writing, Rhetoric, & Discourse, Angelina Álvarez, Undergraduate Student of Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies, Safiyah Simpkins Undergraduate Student of Political Science, and Jhonathan F. Gomez: co-director of CRLN.

In collaboration with CRLN, students participating in the course will delve into the complex history of Central America, examining the enduring legacies of past struggles and their implications for contemporary social movements. Students will have the opportunity to create public, political art and writing that amplifies marginalized voices and challenges dominant narratives.

Students will consider the connection between historical events, beginning in the 1960s, and current movements and injustices impacting Central America—specifically, in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Students will examine the ways in which organized communities in Central America have actively worked with human rights groups in the U.S. Through cultural, historical, and rhetorical frameworks, students will interrogate the Western idea of Democracy within the context of neoliberalism. Further, by directly working with CRLN, talking to local political artists, and visiting sites around the city, students will examine how local activists and artists participate in political movements and preserve historic memory.

The collaboration between DePaul University and CRLN exemplifies the transformative potential of community-engaged scholarship. By bridging academic expertise with grassroots activism, the ¨Historical Memory Project: Ni Olvido, Ni Perdón¨ seeks to foster meaningful dialogue, inspire action, and honor the resilience of communities who have fought for justice. As CRLN embarks on this exciting journey as a HumanitiesX fellow, we invite you to join us in future events as we continue to interrogate democracy, foreign policy, neoliberalism and explore what resistance communities in Central America are doing to advance human rights and promote historical consciousness. Stay tuned for updates on the progress of the Historical Memory Project and opportunities to engage with this vital work.

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CRLN Open House
Saturday, April 13, from 3:00 to 6:00pm
CRLN Office at University Church
5655 S University Ave, Chicago, IL 60637

If you haven’t already seen our postcard reminder to RSVP, please take a moment to confirm your attendance using the link provided here: [Insert RSVP Link]. We’re thoroughly preparing for our upcoming Open House, eager to showcase our recent accomplishments and projects and provide insights into our future work.

We are very happy to announce that Reverend Izzet Samá Hernández and Loyet García Broche, co-directors of the Centro Memorial Martin Luther King Jr. (CMMLK) in La Habana, Cuba, will be joining us as special guests. From April 13th to April 19th, CRLN will host them for a series of events centered around political education, liberatory theology, and liberatory education. CMMLK graciously hosted CRLN during our delegation to Cuba in January of this year. CMMLK’s unique blend of secular and religious elements holds immense significance within Cuba, and we are honored to count them among our international partners at CRLN. We will soon send more details on the events they’ll be participating in during their visit.

At the Open House, you’ll have the opportunity to engage with CRLN staff, members of the board of directors and learn more about our recent delegations to Guatemala and Cuba. We will also introduce our unique and innovative new collaborationwith DePaul University as recipients of the HumanitiesX Fellowship, along with our political education through the arts Mural Project collaboration with Red COMAL in Honduras. Additionally, we’ll share updates on our work with residents at the Amate House migrant shelter. This interactive afternoon promises to provide valuable insights into our work, allowing you to connect with our team, meet collaborators, and gain a deeper understanding of our initiatives.

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Óscar Romero Commemoration Event
Sunday, April 7, from 3:30 to 6:00pm
Inga Bookstore (Pilsen neighborhood)
1740 W. 18th St., Chicago, IL 60608

Join us on Sunday, April 7th, at 3:30pm as we come together to honor the life and legacy of Saint Óscar Romero. CRLN is delighted to partner with the Alma de Izote collective (Yuca Flower) for a special commemorative event dedicated to celebrating Saint Óscar Romero’s profound impact. His enduring influence holds special significance for CRLN, evident in his portrayal within our logo. Romero’s dedication to justice serves as a guiding light for our own efforts.

This year is the 44th anniversary of his martyrdom. We would not be CRLN if we didn’t mention that he was killed during the war in El Salvador in 1980s by the infamous death squads, which were backed and funded by the U.S government. To his legacy we say ¡San Romero Vive! ¡Presente!

Alma de Izote is a newly formed solidarity group comprising individuals from the El Salvador community and allies, united in their commitment to fostering social, cultural, and political education and dialogue within the Chicago community.

The event will feature a screening of the documentary “Monseñor: The Last Journey of Óscar Romero,” followed by an insightful discussion and commentary led by esteemed Human Rights Defender from El Salvador, Neris Gonzales, Reverend Dan Dale, and other speakers. Additionally, we will have the opportunity to enjoy food from El Salvador while experiencing live music.

We warmly invite you to join us for this meaningful occasion as we pay tribute to Saint Óscar Romero and his enduring legacy of justice and liberation. We look forward to sharing this experience with you.

“When all avenues of dialogue, understanding and rationality are closed, the Church speaks of the legitimate right to insurrectionary violence.”

“And if they kill me, I will be resurrected in the Salvadoran people.”

– Óscar Arnulfo Romero

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It is Raining, Let’s Relocate Indoors

Dear friends of CRLN, 

Thank you to all of you who have already donated to Pedal for Peace 2023. If you haven’t done so already, we kindly invite you to make a donation by clicking the “Donate Now to Pedal for Peace 2023” button above or by clicking here.

The Weather Service forecasts rain for tomorrow. If that happens our ¨IN CASE OF RAIN PLAN¨ is to gather at Centro Romero (6216 N Clark St) at 11am instead, which is about 4 blocks away from the park. Someone will be at the park to meet people and support those who did not see this email. Please let people know if you can.

If we don’t see rain, our plan is the same, meet at 11am, on Sunday, September 17, at Emmerson (Louis) Park (1820 W Granville Ave.) Those who can will ride their bikes, walk and run with us that day. The event will be two hours of biking, running, walking, and communal celebration. We have a brief program planned, which will start at 11am and wrap up around 1 pm. Following this, we will migrate a few blocks to Centro Romero (6216 N Clark St.) for refreshments, poetry readings, and to continue celebrating our friendship and solidarity.

On behalf of Centro Romero, Chicago-Cinquera Sister Cities, Chicago-Guatemala Partnership, and Concern America – we thank you and are looking forward to a celebration of friendship and solidarity.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at jgomez@crln.org.

En solidaridad y resistencia permanente,

Jhonathan F. Gómez

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Join us for a Special Event with
Author Kathy Osberger

Kathleen Osberger has been a steadfast supporter and friend of CRLN for many years. Kathy is not only a dedicated human rights defender and activist but also a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist who has provided crucial support to the human rights community in Chicago, particularly by offering care and counseling to trauma and torture survivors.

We invite you to join us on Thursday, September 21, at 7 pm at St. Gertrude Catholic Church in Chicago as we celebrate the launch of Kathy’s new memoir, “I Surrender.”

Kathy’s memoir is a powerful testimony to her experiences in Chile. In September of 1973, a coup d’état, with the backing of the United States, toppled the democratically elected socialist government of Salvador Allende. Kathy arrived in Chile in 1975, during the early years of the dictatorship. Upon her arrival, she was entrusted with a secret: the religious women she would be living with were providing refuge to dissidents targeted by Pinochet’s secret police. “I Surrender” vividly portrays the solidarity of the Chilean people and the transformative role played by nuns and priests dedicated to serving the poor, while highlighting the changing and challenged Catholic Church.

Books will be sold at the event. And if you cannot make it on September 21, we recommend you watch an interview where Kathy shares some of her ideas and feelings behind her book. Click here or below to see the interview.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at jgomez@crln.org.

En solidaridad y resistencia permanente,

Jhonathan F. Gómez

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Join us for a Condensed / Smaller
Pedal for Peace 2023 Celebration

(You can download our flyers below)

As we approach the end of summer, CRLN enters a period of transition. Change can be both positive and necessary, but what remains unchanged is CRLN’s unwavering commitment to the liberation of the people of Latin America. Our work persists, it is part of our collective resistance and is driven by solidarity and our actions.

This year, the Pedal for Peace project will take on a more condensed format compared to previous years. Rest assured, we’ll still be bikes, as well as walking and running in our barrios. While it may not be as elaborate as before, our partner organizations – Centro Romero, Chicago-Cinquera Sister Cities, Chicago-Guatemala Partnership, and Concern America – are looking forward to a celebration of friendship and solidarity. And yes, we will continue to raise funds for our ongoing projects.

We kindly invite you to make a donation by clicking here.

Join us on Sunday, September 17, at 11 am on the north side of Chicago, at Emmerson (Louis) Park (1820 W Granville Ave.). The event will be two hours of biking, running, walking, and communal celebration. We have a brief program planned, which will start at 11am and wrap up around 1 pm. Following this, we will migrate a few blocks to Centro Romero (6216 N Clark St.) for refreshments, poetry readings, and to continue celebrating our friendship and solidarity.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at jgomez@crln.org.

En solidaridad y resistencia permanente,

Jhonathan F. Gómez

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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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SAVE THE DATE! For CRLN’s 35th Annual Pedal for Peace: Bike/Run/Walk in Your Barrio.

The 2022 Celebration will take place on Saturday September 17. More details to come.

For the last 35 years people and organizations in Chicago have come together to fundraise in support of various projects in Latin America. This year we continue this unique tradition that connects us to the work for human rights and immigrant rights by partnering with Centro Romero, Center for Immigrant Progress, Chicago- Cinquera Sister Cities, Chicago-Guatemala Partnership and Concern America. Together we are supporting projects in Guatemala, El Salvador, Colombia and Immigrant Rights work in Illinois.  

This year we will continue to fundraise for six exceptional projects. Participants will request donations from friends and family to sponsor them. The donations are accepted electronically or by personal check sent by mail. And just like years before, there are many ways to participate.

* You choose the day for your activity
* You can Bike/Run/Walk alone or with family/friends
* Your activity can be on a path, a neighborhood streets, in a park, or on an exercise bike
* You can ask a friend or family member to donate to the projects in honor of your activity
* And send us many photo of yourself biking/running/walking

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Jhonathan F. Gómez at jgomez@crln.org.

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We share with you the open letter in Spanish by the 20 member organizations of the Alianza Americas network, that CRLN signed together addressed to the President of México Andrés Manuel López Obrador, where he is urged to implement humane migration policies.

Compartimos la carta abierta dirigida al presidente de México Andrés Manuel López Obrador, la cual fue realizada por las 20 organizaciones de la red Alianza Americas a la cual CRLN miembra, donde se le pedide que implemente políticas migratorias humanas.

Download the letter in Spanish here.

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