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Don’t forget to click here for the Program Book to use as a guide for the event.

Read articles and reflections and see a list of our wonderful sponsors

and the activists they have requested we honor.

You can click here for the lyrics to the Rebel Diaz performance in today’s event!

Participate in the action alerts during the event!  Click here to Take Action!

 

Join us at the CRLN Annual Event

Saturday, November 14, 5:30PM  | Live on Zoom with simultaneous translation in English and Spanish

In difficult moments we are tempted to give in to despair. This year, we have faced profound challenges across the globe. From homes to hospitals to cities and towns, the current health crisis and calls for racial justice have touched us all, but they also made more apparent the flaws of our societies. However, it is now that we must remember that we are a people of justice united by a common thread of hope. It is hope that unites us in our calls and emails to elected officials, in our protests on the streets. It is hope that connects us to our brothers and sisters in their struggles thousands of miles away. It is hope that connects us to neighbors in solidarity when we struggle. Our keynote speaker Sr. Maria Magdalena embodies this hope and reflects what CRLN’s friends, members and allies strive to live out every day. It is this hope that brings us together to commemorate another year of work for justice and to push toward the next.

 

Sister Magda

Responding to the Causes and Challenges of Forced Migration

Sister María Magdalena Silva Rentería – Originally from Zacatecas, she moved to Mexico City in 1982 to join the Josefina Sisters. During the earthquake in Mexico in 1985, she coordinated the shelters for affected people. She is a member of the national team of the Human Mobility Pastoral of the Mexican Episcopal Conference. Currently, she is the Director of CAFEMIN (House for Shelter, Training and Empowerment of Migrant and Refugee Women), as well as the Coordinator of REDODEM (Network of Organizations Documenting and Defending Migrants).

 

 

 

 

2020 Honorees

The Sanctuary Working Group/ Chicago
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Center/ Havana

 

 

Music by Rebel Diaz

We are Rebel Diaz. Somos hermanos- RodStarz and G1- who grew up in Chicago and came up in The South Bronx. Somos hijos de political refugees from Chile who fled a CIA-funded dictatorship in the 1970s. Revolution raised us, and the culture of Hip-Hop provided us our own Nueva Cancion. We’ve been doing rebel rap since the Clinton era, sharing our story and those of our people; el barrio, the hood, the poor, los inmigrantes. Our bilingual sound has been shaped by pieces of South American folk, house, and latin percussion gettin down with boom-bap breaks and 808s. Hip-Hop and a vision for liberation have taken us around the world. With DJ Illanoiz and our band, we’ve rocked stages in front of thousands at festivals, and in front of dozens in squat house living rooms. We learned about tomas in our international tours, then came back to The Bronx, took over an abandoned building and started a community center, The RDACBX. We’ve given lectures at Ivy League schools but are college dropouts. We went from rapping about being ‘periodistas de la esquina’ to actually hosting a television news program on the global network Telesur English. We’ve been blessed to open for the likes of Public Enemy, Calle 13, and Rage Against the Machine. The New York Times, Washington Post, and NPR among others, have featured our work and words. Educators across the world use our music and videos as learning tools. Today, we continue in la lucha with our families and in our community through our music and multimedia work.

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El registro ya está cerrado pero también puede ver el evento en YouTube LiveStream https://youtu.be/vyVCnA3Zafw. La transmisión en vivo en YouTube no tiene interacción directa con el Webinar en Zoom.

No olvide revisar el programa digital para usarlo como guía para el evento. El programa contiene artículos, reflexiones y una lista de nuestros patrocinadores y de los activistas que han solicitado que honremos.
Haga clic aquí para ver la letra  Rebel Diaz

¡Participa en las alertas de acción durante el evento! ¡Haga clic aquí para entrar en acción!

 



Acompáñenos para nuestro Evento Anual

Sábado, 14 de Noviembre, a las 5:30 en vivo por Zoom

con traducción simultánea en inglés y español

 

Los momentos difíciles nos tientan a rendirnos a la desesperanza. Este año, hemos enfrentado retos profundos en todo el mundo. De hogares a hospitales, de ciudades a pueblos, la actual crisis de salud y las llamadas por la justicia racial nos han tocado a todos. También han hecho más evidente los defectos de nuestras sociedades. Sin embargo, es ahora que debemos recordar que somos un pueblo de justicia unidos por un hilo común, la esperanza. Es la esperanza que nos une en las llamadas y cartas a nuestros funcionarios públicos y en las protestas en las calles. Es la esperanza que nos conecta a la lucha de nuestras hermanas y hermanos a miles de millas de distancia. Es la esperanza que nos conecta en solidaridad con nuestros vecinos en nuestras luchas. Nuestra presentadora de este año, la Hermana María Magdalena personifica esta esperanza y refleja lo que los amigos, miembros y aliados de CRLN buscan vivir cada día. Es esta esperanza que nos une para conmemorar otro año de trabajo por la justicia y que nos impulsa hacia el próximo.

 

Respondiendo a las causas y los retos de la migración forzadaSister Magda

Hermana María Magdalena Silva Rentería – Oriunda de Zacatecas, migró a la Ciudad de México en 1982 para ingresar a la Congregación de las Hermanas Josefinas. Después del terremoto de 1985, coordinó albergues para personas afectadas por el sismo. Ella es miembro del equipo nacional de Pastoral de Movilidad Humana de la Conferencia del Episcopado Mexicano. Actualmente, es directora de CAFEMIN (Casa de Acogida Formación y Empoderamiento de la Mujer Migrante y Refugiada), así como la coordinadora de REDODEM (La Red de Documentación de las Organizaciones Defensoras de Migrantes).

 

 

 

 

 

Homenaje 2020
Grupo de Trabajo de Santuario / Chicago
Centro Memorial Dr. Martin Luther King / La Habana

 

Música de Rebel Diaz 

Somos Rebel Diaz. Somos hermanos, RodStarz y G1, crecimos en Chicago y en el sur del Bronx en Nueva York. Somos hijos de refugiados políticos chilenos que huyeron de una dictadura financiada por la CIA en la década de los años 70. La revolución nos formó y la cultura del Hip-Hop nos proporcionó nuestra propia Nueva Canción. Hemos estado haciendo mٙúsica rap rebelde desde la era Clinton, compartiendo nuestra historia y la de nuestra gente; el barrio, el barrio, los pobres, de los inmigrantes. Nuestro sonido bilingüe ha sido moldeado por piezas de música folk, house y percusión latina de América del Sur con ritmos con boom-bap y 808. El hip-hop y una visión de liberación nos han llevado por todo el mundo. Con DJ Illanoiz y nuestra banda, hemos tocado escenarios frente a miles de personas en los festivales de música y frente a docenas en las salas de casas okupas. Aprendimos sobre los tomas en nuestras giras internacionales, después regresamos al Bronx, tomamos posesión de un edificio abandonado y fundamos un centro comunitario, El RDACBX. Hemos hecho ponencias en las escuelas de la Ivy League, pero hemos abandonado la universidad. Pasamos de rapear de ser “periodistas de la esquina” a presentar un noticiero de televisión en la red global, Telesur English. Hemos tenido la suerte de abrir para grupos como Public Enemy, Calle 13 y Rage Against the Machine. The New York Times, Washington Post y NPR, entre otros, han presentado nuestro trabajo y nuestras palabras. Maestros de todo el mundo utilizan nuestra música y videos como herramientas de enseñanza. Hoy, continuamos en la lucha con nuestras familias y en nuestra comunidad a través de nuestro trabajo multimedia y musical.

 

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This year we chose the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Center, our partner in Cuba as one of the 2020 CRLN Honorees.  Their work to build bridges and connect communities internationally has inspired us for more than twenty years.  Despite the many barriers caused by U.S. policy, the Center has worked to welcome delegations from around the world to Cuba to learn from Cubans and to share in international visions for liberation. 

The Center is a macroecumenical association of Christian inspiration. It supports the Cuban people and their Churches in solidarity and prophetically through sociotheological reflection and training, popular education, communication, comprehensive service to the community and the promotion of international solidarity.

Part of their work on international solidarity is welcoming delegations from around the world and creating opportunities for delegates to hear directly from the Cuban people about their reality. 

They have welcomed many delegations from CRLN, Witness for Peace and other organizations. Most recently CRLN’s summer intern, Daisy Hernandez, participated in a delegation at the Center and created a three part webinar series available on our website.   The experiences delegates have on these visits strengthens their ability to advocate for an end to harmful U.S. policies toward Cuba.   

The Center was founded on April 25, 1987 as an initiative of the Ebenezer Baptist Church of Marianao (IBEM) and the work of Pastors Raúl Suárez Ramos and Clara Rodés, as well as other close collaborators.

Today the Center has a leadership team made up of Executive Director Joel Suárez, Reverend Izett Samá, Kirenia Criado Pérez and Marilín Peña and it continues to live out its values of:

  • an emancipatory ethic of Christian inspiration;
  • the conscious, rebellious and prophetic commitment to the Cuban people, the Revolution and socialism;
  • the defense of a full life for all human beings as a centrality, without exclusions or discrimination, linked to respect for the rights of nature.
  • generational diversity, gender, skin color, origin, sexual options, occupations, knowledge and beliefs, with an ecumenical sense of social justice.

While the pandemic has made delegations to the Center impossible, it continues to work in its many other areas and is connecting virtually through webinars such as the recent webinar organized by Cuban and US religious organizations. 

We are inspired by all the work of the Center and want to deeply thank them for welcoming us into their communities. 

To learn more about the work of the Center please visit their website at: https://cmlk.org/

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In these times, we have dreamed up a new way to participate in this annual event! This will be a decentralized Pedal for Peace, and we also have opened it up to people who run or walk. It is more flexible–choose your date within the next month to participate! Finally, we will all gather online to celebrate the results of our collective action. Click here to participate (join) or donate.

 

September 12– October 11, you get to choose the day to bike, run, or walk the distance of your choice.

  • Alone or with family/friends
  • On a bike path, neighborhood streets, park, or exercise bike
  • Send a photo of yourself in your biking location holding a sign with the name of the location (neighborhood, bike path, etc.) appearing in the photo to shunter-smith@crln.org to share with other participants.

 

October 18, 4-5 pm: Online Zoom program to celebrate our united efforts to empower our communities in Illinois and Latin America. We will send out the link to you on the day of the event. While we cannot gather at this time, we can celebrate the way we remain connected by our global hearts and similar missions.

 

Your fundraising or donations help us support the following:

  • scholarships for rural Indigenous students in Guatemala and El Salvador
  • health promoter trainings in rural and Indigenous or Black communities in Colombia
  • educating high risk communities in El Salvador and Honduras about Coronavirus and critical steps they can take to protect themselves and their families
  • voter registration and issues education in immigrant communities in Lake County, IL
  • funding for those who must renew DACA work authorization at exorbitant new rates.

 

You can raise funds online using social media tools or you can use a paper pledge form to collect checks (contact shunter-smith@crln.org for a pledge form or if you have questions). Whichever method you choose, sign up to join one of the teams to raise funds or donate to one of the teams at charity.gofundme.com/pedal-for-peace-bike-in-your-barrio

 

 

 

 

 

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Advance tickets and sponsorship at waucc.org/2020ElPuebloCanta

 

FEATURING: El Wadi Ensemble

 

PLUS: special performances by VOICES, the Wellington Choir, and the “Dare to Dream” Centro Romero Youth Choir.

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2020

 

TIME: Doors open at 5:30pm–Traditional Latino and Middle Eastern food for purchase

           Concert: 7:00 – 8:30pm

 

LOCATION: Wellington Ave. UCC, 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago, IL. Located on the corner of Broadway and Wellington, a few blocks south of Belmont Ave. Close                         to the Halsted, Broadway and Clark St. buses, as well as the Red or Brown Line CTA trains 

 

TICKETS: $25 general admission, $15 students/limited income, children under 12 free (childcare available, RSVP at 773-935-0642) 

 

Advance tickets and sponsorship at waucc.org/2020ElPuebloCanta

 

Call 773-935-0642 for more details

 

PARKING: Complimentary parking passes generously provided by Advocate IL Masonic Hospital at garage at Halsted and Wellington.

 

All proceeds will go to support the immigrant justice work of Centro Romero, CRLN, and Wellington Ave. UCC

 

BUILDING COMMUNITY WHERE ALL ARE WELCOME!

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Nurse whistleblower Dawn Wooten has made a courageous complaint, along with Project South and Georgia Detention Watch, to the watchdog that oversees the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) against what amounts to medical neglect and inappropriate medical practices in the Irwin County Detention Center. For her efforts, she has been demoted.

Click here for more information from the BBC.

Click here for the complaint filed by Project South with the DHS Office of Inspector General.

Email your members of Congress and request that they contact the DHS Office of Inspector General to demand a full investigation of the Irwin County Detention Center. Further request that they call for the Center to be shut down and detainees be released because of the risks to their health in the Center.

You can type the name of your Representative and Senators into your web browser, find their website in the list that comes up, go to the website, and type your request there. Usually, there is a “Contact” section on the website.

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(Photo by George Prentzas on Unsplash)

The Department of Homeland Security has proposed a rule that would dramatically expand the collection of biometric data (DNA, iris scan, voice recording, face photo) from immigrants, asylum seekers, international religious workers, survivors of domestic abuse and sex trafficking, and U.S. citizens who sponsor or are in any way associated with an immigration benefit to or application from those listed above. This information would be collected from children as well as adults and stored in government databases indefinitely for unspecified purposes. CRLN is very concerned that it will be used for surveillance purposes.

We have until October 13 to submit written comments objecting to this rule change. You may submit comments on the entirety of this proposed rule package, identified by DHS Docket No. USCIS-2019-0007, through the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the website instructions for submitting comments. Please write now!

Thanks to CLINIC (Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.) for making us aware of this.

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CRLN and 5 other co-sponsoring organizations–Center for Immigrant Progress, Centro Romero, Chicago-Cinquera Sister Cities, Chicago-Guatemala Partnership, and Concern America–are raising funds for education, health, and community organizing projects in Latin America and in immigrant communities in Lake County. Help us support scholarships for rural Indigenous students in Guatemala and El Salvador, health promoter trainings in rural and Indigenous or Black communities in Colombia, PPE for health professionals in El Salvador, voter registration and issued education in immigrant communities in Lake County, IL, and funding for those who must renew DACA work authorization at exorbitant new rates.

 

In these times, we have dreamed up a new way to participate in this annual event! This will be a decentralized Pedal for Peace, and we also have opened it up to people who run or walk. It is more flexible–choose your date within the next month to participate! Finally, we will all gather online to celebrate the results of our collective action.

 

September 12– October 11, you get to choose the day to bike, run, or walk the distance of your choice.

  • Alone or with family/friends
  • On a bike path, neighborhood streets, park, or exercise bike
  • Send a photo of yourself in your biking location holding a sign with the name of the location (neighborhood, bike path, etc.) appearing in the photo to shunter-smith@crln.org. to share with other participants.

 

October 18, 4-5 pm: Online Zoom program to celebrate our united efforts to empower our communities in Illinois and Latin America. We will send out the link to you on the day of the event. While we cannot gather at this time, we can celebrate the way we remain connected by our global hearts and similar missions.

 

You can raise funds online using social media tools or you can use a paper pledge form to collect checks (contact shunter-smith@crln.org for a pledge form or if you have questions). Whichever method you choose, sign up to join one of the teams to raise funds at charity.gofundme.com/pedal-for-peace-bike-in-your-barrio

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