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! A buffet dinner will be served while selected photos from 30 years of our history are projected. The program will feature a video of short interviews with people about key events in our history and a speaker from Latin America. And, of course, come for great fellowship with our wonderful members!

Date: Saturday, November 2

Time: 6:30 – 9:00

Location: Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (use Greenwood Avenue door to get to the reception space for the JKM Library),                                                                             1100 E. 55th Street                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Chicago, IL  60615  

Parking: Available in the underground lot for $5. Access lot from the driveway north of the building.

Tickets: $80   Regular

$72   Member discount

$50   Low-income (some donated tickets available on a first-come first-served basis–call us for availability at 773-293-2964)

Send a check to CRLN, 4750 N. Sheridan Rd., #429, Chicago, IL  60640-5078, or pay online at https://crln.org/?page=CiviCRM&q=civicrm%2Fcontribute%2Ftransact&reset=1&id=15

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The Alliance for Global Justice has prepared a sign-on letter in support of the hunger strike by Honduran political prisoners Edwin Espinal, Raul Alvarez, Rommel Herrera, and Gustavo Caceres. They are demanding an improvement in prison conditions for all prisoners, transfer from the maximum security prison in which they are currently unjustly detained before their trial, as well as the resignation of President Juan Orlando Hernandez. They have been joined in their fast by a broad sector of the Honduras social movement.

Click on the following link to support their cause and learn more:

https://afgj.salsalabs.org/2019hnhungerstrike/index.html?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=1af0f29b-7259-441e-838b-6e2cc24671e4

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Our collaborators shared this Press Release on an exciting new event:

WOMEN-DIRECTED CUBAN FILMS TO SCREEN FOR THE
FIRST TIME IN CHICAGO
Screening at The Athenaeum Theatre on Friday, July 19 at 7PM

Full Spectrum Features (FSF), Americas Media Initiative (AMI), and Athenaeum Theatre Productions

are thrilled to present the Chicago premiere of the documentary Días de Diciembre (December Days)

and the short fiction Frágil (Fragile), as part of the Emerging Women Filmmakers program of the Cuban Visions film series.

The screening will be followed by a conversation, moderated by AMI Director, Alexandra Halkin,
featuring Cuban feminist film critics Danae Dieguez (El Ojo Sexuado) and Dr. Zaira Zarza. The
three will discuss the landscape of Cuban film production for emerging women filmmakers.
Specifically, they will touch on the progress and pitfalls faced by women directors in Cuba’s
male dominated film industry and the current state of independent filmmaking on the island.

Días de Diciembre (December Days) – Directed by Carla Valdés León
Between 1975 and 1991 more than 400,000 Cuban soldiers and civilians were sent to
Angola in support of the country’s left-wing government. Two thousand of them were
killed. December Days shows some of the ways in which the mission to Angola—a
massive solidarity effort from a small country—continues to touch the lives of ordinary Cubans.

Frágil (Fragile) – Directed by Sheyla Pool
A daughter, dedicated to the care of her mother with Alzheimer’s, wants to feel her love,
even if it’s just one last time. This need drives her down a dangerous path to discover
that sometimes love can be the most capricious and bewildering of feelings.

More information on AMI: http://americasmediainitiative.org/
More information on FSF: https://www.fullspectrumfeatures.com/
For more details, please contact:
Alexandra Halkin, Director – Americas Media Initiative
T: 312-282-0135 E: alex@americasmediainitiative.org

 

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¡Nuestros colaboradores compartieron información sobre este emocionante nuevo evento!

DIRECTORAS CUBANAS ESTRENAN SUS PELICULAS EN CHICAGO
Presentación en el Athenaeum Theatre Viernes, 19 de Julio a las 7:00PM

Full Spectrum Features (FSF), Americas Media Initiative (AMI) y Athenaeum Theatre
Productions se enorgullece en presentar el estreno en Chicago del documental Días de
Diciembre y el cortometraje Frágil, como parte del programa Emerging Women Filmmakers
(Mujeres Cineastas Emergentes) del la serie de películas Cuban Visions (Visiones Cubanas).
La proyección será seguida por una conversación moderada por la Directora de AMI, Alexandra
Halkin, con comentarios de dos feministas Cubanas críticas del cine, Danae Diéguez (El Ojo
Sexuado) y Dr. Zaira Zarza.

Las tres discutirán el panorama de la producción cinematográfica
Cubana para mujeres cineastas emergentes. Específicamente, abordarán temas como el
progreso y las dificultades que enfrentan las mujeres directoras en la industria cinematográfica
dominada por los hombres en Cuba y el estado actual del cine independiente en la isla.

Días de Diciembre – Dirigida por Carla Valdés León
Entre 1975 y 1991, más de 400,000 soldados y civiles cubanos fueron enviados a
Angola para apoyar al gobierno de el lado izquierdo del país. Dos mil de ellos fueron
asesinados. Los días de diciembre muestran algunas de las formas en que la misión a
Angola, un esfuerzo masivo de solidaridad de un país pequeño, continúa tocando las
vidas de los cubanos comunes.

Frágil – Dirigida por Sheyla Pool
Una hija, dedicada al cuidado de su madre con Alzheimer, quiere sentir su amor,
aunque solo sea una última vez. Esta necesidad la lleva por un camino peligroso para
descubrir que a veces el amor puede ser el sentimiento más caprichoso y
desconcertante.

Esta es la quarto instalación de Cuban Visions, una serie de presentaciones cinematográficas
que ofrecen una mirada única de la sociedad Cubana durante los principios de la revolución y
la actualidad. Boletas ya están a la venta: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10366739.

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Más información sobre FSF: https://www.fullspectrumfeatures.com/
Más información sobre el AMI: http://americasmediainitiative.org/
Para más detalles, por favor contacte a:
Alexandra Halkin, Directora – Americas Media Initiative

T: 312-282-0135 E: alex@americasmediainitiative.org

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“From Havana To Harvard: Producer Pablo D. Herrera Veitia On Connecting Cuba To The U.S. Through Hip-Hop”

Herrera Veitia is a known pioneer of Afro-Cuban hip-hop, who has brought noteworthy artists to the island for collaboration. Veitia has dedicated much work to production and major-international hip-hop festivals while connecting the work to academia. He is working on a doctorate in social anthropology. His dissertation brings to light how Havana’s distinct sounds, music and loudness are a form of citizenship.

Because Americans are not as concerned with Afro-Cuban hip-hop as Cubans are with American hip-hop, his lyrics confront race and race relations in Cuba and celebrates the genre’s overall contribution to hip-hop culture. “Veitia’s life and work as an artist speaks to the resistance and resilience of U.S. and Cuban musical and social connections both in the past and present, despite political and economic restrictions. “The connections that we have as people [through music] is above and beyond politics,” he says.”

Read about how political and social consciousness and movements drove American and Afro-Cuban artists alike. The rappers in both countries voice parallel social issues. Cuba’s proximity to the U.S. provided Cuban rap artists with access to hip-hop played on Miami radio stations, through word of mouth, and through efforts of community hip-hop fanatics at house and street parties.

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The capital city of Havana, Cuba, will celebrate its 500th anniversary this year. To commemorate, a contribution to the XIII Bienal de La Habana Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (MNBA) launched five shows which display Cuban art, history, and culture. These rarely seen works of art are presented as “world class exhibits,” as “an irrational genealogy of Cuba’s mythic identity” and “an anarchic tour of the Cuban subconscious.”

You can get a glimpse of the iconic pieces and description of the significance following the link below:

https://cubanartnews.org/2019/07/10/rethinking-cuba-cubanidad-museo-nacional-de-bellas-artes-havana/

The following article also broadcasts contemporary art as presentations of the frictions between races and where the theme of racism is evident.

https://cubanartnews.org/2019/06/19/in-havana-a-look-at-race-racism-in-cuban-art/

In Havana, a Look at Race & Racism in Cuban Art

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Some prospects for change in U.S.-Cuba relations arise in spite of the current “chill” represented by the recurring travel restrictions. Read about what José Ramón Cabañas, Cuba’s ambassador to the United States, has put forth to increase ties between the countries.

Collaboration includes joint efforts to save coral reefs throughout the Caribbean and inviting U.S. mayors to the island to celebrate Havana’s 500th Anniversary. Follow the link below:

https://www.tampabay.com/news/cuba/us-cuba-relations-strain-again-but-ambassador-hopes-for-stronger-tampa-ties-20190625/

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Javier Cabrera will discuss Cuba’s changing economic development program, its community health care program, and its programs to combat climate change.

He will explain how the US blockade of Cuba, begun in 1961, and condemned on a yearly basis by overwhelming UN vote,  interferes in Cuba’s ability to carry out these programs. There will be ample time for extended Q&A with the audience.

UE Hall

37 S. Ashland

Tuesday July 16, 7 pm

 

GILBERTO JAVIER CABRERA TRIMIÑO

  • Professor, University of Havana, Center for Public Administration Studies (CEAP)
  • Independent Writer of the UNEAC (National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba)
  • Coordinator of the Public Administration Network of the University of Havana
  • Vice President of the International University Network of Studies and Research in Population, Environment and Sustainable Local Development (www.iunetwork.org),
  • Coordinator of Environment and Sustainability of the University Network Iberoamericana de Territorio y Movilidad (RUITEM).

 

Master in Teaching Methodology (1980) Pedagogical University for Technical and Professional Education

Ph.D. in Pedagogical Sciences, specializing in Environmental Education (1989), Pedagogical University, Moscow

Postgraduate Specialization in Ecological Economics (1994), United Nations University

 

Research stays and postdoctoral studies in topics related to public health, environmental management and community participation:

  • University of Havana
  • University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
  • University Autónoma de Madrid
  • Polytechnic University of Catalonia
  • University of Carlenton, Canada
  • Metropolitan University of London
  • University of California Los Angeles
  • University of Puerto Rico
  • University of Costa Rica.

 

Sponsors and endorsers: Chicago ALBA Solidarity, US Peace Council (Chicago), Albany Park, North Park, Mayfair Neighbors for Peace and Justice, Chicago Antiwar Coalition (CAWC), Evanston Neighbors for Peace

For more info: Stan Smith 773-322-3168, stansfieldsmith100@gmail.com

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Find out what the Chicago gang database is and how Chicago police decide who gets labeled a gang member.

Learn why communities in Chicago argue that the gang database is a violation of our civil rights and are organizing to get rid of it.

Connect with people who are finding different strategies to protect and defend community members who are in the gang database and fighting to end it.


Ven a un taller acerca de la Base de Datos de Pandillas en Chicago, donde estaremos hablando de como el Departamento de Policia decide quien es parte de una pandilla.

También estaremos hablando de por que las comunidades en Chicago estan organizando en contra de esta base de datos para proteger los derechos civiles de todas las personas en la ciudad.

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Javier Cabrera will discuss Cuba’s changing economic development program, its community health care program, and its programs to combat climate change.

He will explain how the US blockade of Cuba, begun in 1961, and condemned on a yearly basis by overwhelming UN vote,  interferes in Cuba’s ability to carry out these programs. There will be ample time for extended Q&A with the audience.

Sunday July 14, 2pm

Chicago Public Library, Sulzer Branch

4455 N. Lincoln Ave

  • Professor, University of Havana, Center for Public Administration Studies (CEAP)
  • Independent Writer of the UNEAC (National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba)
  • Coordinator of the Public Administration Network of the University of Havana
  • Vice President of the International University Network of Studies and Research in Population, Environment and Sustainable Local Development (www.iunetwork.org),
  • Coordinator of Environment and Sustainability of the University Network Iberoamericana de Territorio y Movilidad (RUITEM).

Master in Teaching Methodology (1980) Pedagogical University for Technical and Professional Education

Ph.D. in Pedagogical Sciences, specializing in Environmental Education (1989), Pedagogical University, Moscow

Postgraduate Specialization in Ecological Economics (1994), United Nations University

 

Research stays and postdoctoral studies in topics related to public health, environmental management and community participation:

  • University of Havana
  • University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
  • University Autónoma de Madrid
  • Polytechnic University of Catalonia
  • University of Carlenton, Canada
  • Metropolitan University of London
  • University of California Los Angeles
  • University of Puerto Rico
  • University of Costa Rica.

Sponsors and endorsers: Chicago ALBA Solidarity, US Peace Council (Chicago), Albany Park, North Park, Mayfair Neighbors for Peace and Justice, Chicago Antiwar Coalition (CAWC), Evanston Neighbors for Peace

For more info: Stan Smith 773-322-3168, stansfieldsmith100@gmail.com

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