We are proud to celebrate 30 years of effective education, action, accompaniment and advocacy on Latin America and work on justice for immigrants, refugees and asylum  seekers with our members and partner organizations. We have accomplished a lot – and yet, there is still a long way to go to achieve our vision of peace, justice, and well-being for all.

For CRLN’s 30th anniversary, we are planning a very special celebration! Instead of our usual Annual Luncheon, we will have a dinner featuring photos from 30 years of our history, a video of short interviews with people about key events in our history, a speaker from Latin America – and of course, great fellowship with our wonderful members!

Estamos orgullosos de celebrar 30 años de educación efectiva, acción, acompañamiento y defensa en América Latina y trabajar en la justicia para inmigrantes, refugiados y solicitantes de asilo con nuestros miembros y organizaciones asociadas. Hemos logrado mucho, y sin embargo, aún queda mucho camino por recorrer para lograr nuestra visión de paz, justicia y bienestar para todos.

Para el 30 aniversario de CRLN, estamos planeando una celebración muy especial. En lugar de nuestro almuerzo anual habitual, tendremos una cena con fotos de 30 años de nuestra historia, un video de entrevistas cortas con personas sobre eventos clave en nuestra historia, una presentadora/o de América Latina y, por supuesto, una gran comunión con nuestros maravillosos miembros!

SPEAKER: Miriam Miranda, General Coordinator of the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH)                                                                                                                              Miriam Miranda, Coordinadora General de la Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña (OFRANEH)                                                                                                                            Click here for a brief bio.                         

DATE and TIME:  November 2, 2019, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago/McCormick Theological Seminary, 1100 E. 55th St./ 5430 S. University Ave., Chicago, IL  60615 (use Greenwood Avenue                          door to get to the reception space for the JKM Library)

PARKING: Available in the underground lot for $5. Access lot from the driveway north of the building with entrances from University and Greenwood Avenues.

TICKETS: $80   Regular

                 $72   Member discount

                 $50   Students/Low-income 

                 $640 Table of 8

                 Send a check to CRLN, 4750 N. Sheridan Rd., #429, Chicago, IL  60640-5078, or pay online at

SPONSORSHIP: Check out our sponsorship levels and benefits at

ADBOOK: Our Event Program Book this year will include ads. It’s an opportunity to share a memory, a photo from a CRLN activity you were part of, a wish for CRLN’s future and/or you can share info on an upcoming event you are planning. Deadline for submission: October 21.

Order your ad (or become a sponsor) online at or contact Sharon Hunter-Smith at 773-293-2964 or at


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To attend, you must register at

CRLN  invites you to a free program with noted immigration attorney Marty Rosenbluth, who will speak about his work providing legal counsel to undocumented migrants and asylum seekers held in one of the worst detention centers in the nation. Marty relocated to Lumpkin, Georgia to be near his clients at the Stewart Detention Facility, a private for-profit facility that has been criticized for its poor conditions, resulting in several detainee deaths. There are now more than 56,000 people in immigration detention in the US, many held in inhumane conditions and without legal help. Marty’s extraordinary work and dedication has been showcased in a number of recent articles in prominent publications including The Guardian and the Christian Science Monitor, and he wrote a recent op-ed in the Washington Post (links below).

He received his JD from the University of North Carolina School of Law and was also a Staff Attorney at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. In 2016 he was among lawyers who provided free legal services to Syrian refugees. Marty was previously a film maker who made the award-winning documentary “Jerusalem: An Occupation Set in Stone?” He was the Amnesty International USA country specialist for Israel/Palestine for seven years.

Co-sponsored by Amnesty International, the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, CRLN, Refugee One, and the Council on American Islamic Relations.

The Guardian
The Christian Science Monitor
Washington Post




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This film, according to its website, “illuminates the risks people of faith are willing to take to protect the human rights of those fleeing violence, and the struggles and triumphs of undocumented immigrants and refugees as they resettle in the United States.” Featured in the film are two Chicago-area refugees and one of CRLN’s Immigrant Welcoming Congregations, Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ, as well as Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church and the Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants.

Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Time: 5:30pm    Reception                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            6:00 pm    Screening begins. Screening followed by panel discussion of DePaul faculty, staff and students and an open question and answer session with the audience.

Location: DePaul Student Center, Room 314AB, 2250 N. Sheffield, Chicago, IL (corner of Sheffield and Belden)

Writer and producer Debra Gonsher Vinik will attend.

Hosted by DePaul’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.



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CRLN is a member of the Honduras Solidarity Network (HSN), a decentralized network of approximately 30 organizations from across Canada and the United States that are committed to demonstrating and advocating for solidarity with the Honduran social movements. Here is the statement put out by HSN in response to the narco-trafficking trial of President Juan Orlando Hernandez’ (JOH’s) brother Tony, himself a former Honduran Congressman:

JOH Must Go!
Stop US and Canadian Support for Honduras’ Narco Dictatorship!

Honduras’ narco-dictatorship installed through a US backed coup MUST GO! For ten years, since the US backed coup in June 2009, a crisis of the rule of law, constitutionality, and democracy has deepened as a blatantly criminal neoliberal dictatorship has sunk its teeth into Honduras.

The 2009 coup, subsequent fraudulent elections, official corruption, and impunity and violence by the state against its people are reasons enough to call for an end to the regime. Now the public exposure of the depths of criminal activity and narco-perversion of the entire state of Honduras by the dictatorship confirms what many Hondurans have denounced for years.

The details are emerging in a US federal court in New York City, where Tony Hernandez, brother of current Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez (JOH), went on trial starting October 2nd. The testimony against Tony Hernandez in just the first days of the trial include information that narcotics traffickers, including El Chapo, gave $4 million to the presidential campaigns of National Party politicians Pepe Lobo and Juan Orlando Hernandez. Pepe Lobo was installed in office through the farcical elections of November 2009, which simply aimed to whitewash the illegal coup. JOH took power in 2013 (the year he got the “donation” from El Chapo) after highly questionable elections, and then he declared himself the winner in a blatantly fraudulent election in 2017. Beyond money, evidence being presented shows that Tony Hernandez was also directly
involved in murders.

All of these crimes were never prosecuted in Honduras. Witnesses who were involved in the crimes have even stated that they knew that any investigations in Honduras would be blocked by the Honduran government. Meanwhile, the Honduran justice system focuses on arrests and imprisonment of people participating in protests against the
narco-dictator: small farmers recuperating land and indigenous communities protecting land and water from mining and other extraction industries.

Throughout this post-coup history, both Democratic and Republican administrations in the U.S. and administrations in Canada have upended Honduran democracy and supported dictatorship while diligently advancing the interests of large corporations engaged in the exploitation of labor and resources in Honduras. In so doing, they have aided in the theft of the lives, property, freedom, and rights of the Honduran people.

The Honduran Solidarity Network supports the demand of the Honduran people and their organizations that JOH immediately leave office and be held accountable for all of the crimes he and his government have committed. Hondurans want a process to renovate democracy and constitutionality that involves the social movements, opposition political parties and society as a whole and works on solutions for the economic, social and political destruction that has taken place since the 2009 coup. This means support for dictatorship from Canada and the US must end now!

October 13, 2019

The Honduras Soldarity Network co-coordinator, Karen Spring will be observing the Tony Hernandez trial in New York City and publishing reports on HSN Facebook, twitter@HondurasSol and in the blog Aqui Abajo.

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CRLN member Kathy Siegenthaler asked us to publicize this event, which will commemorate events of 50 years ago concerning the murder of a pastor and his wife who opened their church to house programs–a free daycare center, health clinic and breakfast program–sought by the Young Lords for their neighborhood. You can read more about these past events by clicking here for an article that quotes the Rev. Martin Deppe, another CRLN member, who knew Rev. Johnson personally. The current event will also call for an investigation into this and other unsolved murders.

WHO: The United Methodist Church, Young Lords and public remember the unsolved murders of Rev. Bruce Johnson and his wife Eugenia 50 years ago, and also remember Young Lords Manuel  Ramos, shot by police, and Jose (Pancho) Lind, beaten and killed by a white mob.

WHAT and WHY: 50th Anniversary memorial service and protest march to call for further investigations.

WHEN: September 29, 2019 – 10:30 AM

WHERE: Parish of the Holy Covenant, 925 W. Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614


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Register online here

32nd Annual Pedal for Peace Bike-a-thon!

 Supporting community health, education,

 & organizing projects in 

Latin America and Chicago

Sunday, September 22, 2019

  1:00pm – 5:00pm 

Click here for a description of the projects funded!

Sponsors and Beneficiaries:

To donate to a beneficiary group, click on it’s name above, or send a check made out to CRLN and with the name of the beneficiary group in the memo line to CRLN, 4750 N. Sheridan Rd., Suite 429, Chicago, IL  60640-5078.

If you are a biker and would like to collect checks rather than fundraise online, scroll down this page to print off and use the pledge form below. You will still need to register online, but you can use the “pay later” option and mail your check to CRLN. Put “Pedal for Peace registration” in the memo line.

Schedule and Route

1:00 Gather and Ride!

Meet at the table at the main event site in the field just south of the clocktower at Waveland Ave. and the lakefront or at the table at the Dog Water Station (55th Street and Lakefront Bike Path) to sign a waiver form. Choose the 12- or 24-mile loop and ride along the beautiful Chicago Lakefront Bikepath.

3:30 Fiesta & Program!

Relax, enjoy food and conversation at the main site (Grove 13) and stay for a short program.


Riders Receive:                Refreshments on the ride, food at the post-pedal fiesta, and a free T-shirt!


Registration Fees:             Please register online at this site and indicate the t-shirt size you’d like. Registration fee options:

$10 student/low income; $15 after September 6, 2019

$20 adult; $25 after September 6, 2019

Children 12 and under free

There is an option on the site to mail a check to CRLN. If you choose this option, please select your t-shirt size.


Bring with you:  bike, helmet, cell phone, collected pledges

Parking:  Parking is available in the Park District lot next to the field below the Waveland Clock Tower.

Please note that you will need to use the ParkMobile Pay by Phone service to pay for parking– no other phone payment app will work, including ParkChicago used for City street parking. For more information on how to Pay by Phone at this parking lot, click here.


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If you cannot ride but would like to support Pedal for Peace in other ways, please send an email by September 9, 2019, to with your name, email address, phone number and which of the following ways you would like to volunteer:

  • prepare a dish of food to share at the fiesta
  • request a food donation from a restaurant for the fiesta
  • ask for a contribution to support the event from a business in your community
  • make a contribution to support a team or the event in general


Pledge Form


  1. Tell your friends, relatives, neighbors and co-workers that you are riding in a bike-a-thon to raise money for health, education, and community organizing projects.  Ask them to sign up below and pledge an amount for the miles you plan to ride.  Course distances are 12 or 24 miles.
  2. Ask your pledgers to make their checks payable to CRLN and write the name of your team on the memo line.  All proceeds will be divided among the beneficiary groups in support of the projects. You may also click here for a description of the projects funded
  3. Collect the donations before September 22, and turn them in at the event site table on Pedal for Peace day.


Sponsor’s Name                    Address                                  City , State, Zip                       Total Pledged


















Send any pledges collected after the event to:  CRLN, 4750 N. Sheridan Road, Suite 429, Chicago, IL 60640 by October 9. 

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The Peace Accords in Colombia are in trouble. While the FARC demobilized according to the peace plan, the Colombian government has not implemented its part of the agreement. The Colombian government has failed to protect hundreds of human rights defenders and community leaders from being murdered in the 2 1/2 years since the Accords were passed. In addition, 138 FARC members have been killed in the same period of time. Recently, in response to this situation, several high-level FARC leaders announced they were returning to their armed struggle.

The United States must encourage the Colombian government to fully implement the Peace Accords. Click on the link below to sign onto a letter to the new U.S. Ambassador calling on him to make a just and lasting peace in Colombia his highest priority:

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Miriam M. Miranda Chamorro, born in the Garifuna community of Santa Fe in the department of Colón, is a Garifuna leader. She names herself as a defender of the human rights of the Garifuna community, of life, and of the cultural survival of her people. She is the current General Coordinator of the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH) and has more than 36 years as a defender of the common goods and human rights of the Garifuna people.  She received the Carlos Escaleras Environmental Prize in 2016, considered the most important environmental prize in Honduras. In 2015, she received the Oscar Romero Human Rights Prize and the International Food Sovereignty Prize from the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in the United States. Her main struggles center around the defense of Garifuna territories, and she is persecuted and complained about because of her work defending the human and land rights of her people.

Among her primary contributions we can highlight the following:

  • At the head of OFRANEH, she has led the recovery of more than 1500 hectares of land in the regions of Vallecito, Colón, where the largest project in Central America of planting and processing coconuts was implemented. She has claimed this land as ancestral territory and has made use of international human rights laws to avoid eviction.
  • She has brought and won two legal cases against the State of Honduras before the Interamerican Court of Human Rights in relation to the territorial rights of the Garifuna community in Punta Piedra and Triunfo de la Cruz.
  • In 2015, after Canadian businessmen illegally constructed a megatourism business on Garifuna lands, she also successfully achieved taking the promoters of the project to court.
  • Miranda has worked to stop other projects harmful for local communities–industrial projects like hydroelectric dams, palm oil plantations, and the famous Special Development Zones called “Model Cities.”

She has been detained, criminalized, kidnapped, and jailed for her intersectional struggle against the system of neoliberal, colonial, and racist oppression.


Miriam M. Miranda Chamorro. Nació en la comunidad Garífuna de Santa Fe, en el departamento de Colón. Lideresa Garífuna. Se autodenomina como defensora de los derechos humanos del pueblo garífuna, de la vida y la sobrevivencia cultural de nuestros pueblos. Es la actual Coordinadora General de la Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña (OFRANEH); tiene mas de 36 años como defensora de los bienes comunes y derechos humanos del pueblo Garífuna; Recibió el premio ambiental “Carlos Escaleras” en el 2016, considerado el premio ambiental mas importante de Honduras. En 2015, recibió el Premio a los Derechos Humanos Óscar Romero y el Premio Internacional a la Soberanía Alimentaria de la Alianza por la Soberanía Alimentaria de los Estados Unidos. sus principales luchas se centran en la defensa de los territorios garífunas, perseguida y querellada por su trabajo por la defensa de los derechos humanos y al derecho a la tierra de su gente.


Dentro de sus principales aportes podemos destacar: Al frente de la OFRANEH ha liderado la recuperación de mas de 1500 hectáreas de tierras en la región de Vallecito, Colon, en donde se implementa el proyecto de siembra y procesamiento de cocos mas grande de Centro América, ha reclamando esta tierra como territorio ancestral y haciendo uso de las leyes internacionales de derechos humanos para evitar el desalojo. También ha llevado y ganado dos casos legales al Estado de Honduras ante la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos en relación a los derechos territoriales la comunidad garífuna de Punta Piedra y Triunfo de la Cruz.  En 2015, después de que los empresarios canadienses construyeran ilegalmente una empresa de mega turismo en tierras garífunas, también logró llevar a juicio con éxito a los promotores del proyecto. Miranda ha trabajado para detener otros proyectos perjudiciales para las comunidades locales, como los proyectos industriales hidroeléctricos, de aceite de palma y las famosas Zonas Especiales de Desarrollo, ‘ciudades modelos’. Ella ha sido detenida, criminalizada, secuestrada y encarcelada por su lucha interseccional en contra del sistema de opresión neoliberal, colonial y racista.



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Apoyo / Support ($5000+): Receive 8 tickets (one table), full page ad in program book, program listing, acknowledgement during the program, acknowledgement on web page and the opportunity to recognize an activist


Comunidad / Community ($2500+): Receive 8 tickets (one table), ½ page ad in program book, program

listing, acknowledgement during the program, acknowledgement on web page and the opportunity to recognize an activist.


Amistad / Friendship ($1000+):  Receive 4 tickets, ¼ page in program book, program listing, acknowledgement on web page and the opportunity to recognize an activist


Familiaridad / Familiarity ($500+): Receive 4 tickets, program listing, acknowledgement on web page and the opportunity to recognize an activist


Compañerismo / Fellowship (250+):  Receive 2 tickets, program listing, acknowledgement on web page and the opportunity to recognize an activist.


Construyendo la Paz / Peacemaking (150+): Receive 1 ticket, program listing, acknowledgement on web page and the opportunity to recognize an activist.

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