Location: Chicago Teachers Union headquarters, 1901 W. Carroll, Chicago (one block east of Damen and one block south of Grand)


Time: 10-11:15am

Sponsored by the Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR).

Join ICIRR members and allies for a mobilization of immigrant, faith and labor communities to resist the anti-immigrant attacks and harmful policies of the incoming administration.

For information and to RSVP, contact Phoebe Flaherty at

pflaherty@icirr.org

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Event Date:
Saturday, January 14, 2017 –

10:00

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11:15

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Join us for presentations by authors: Matt Eisenbrandt and Andy Carter, about their books (descriptions below) with a Q&A from the audience afterwards on

February 14-15th

at 57

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St.  Books, 1301 E. 57

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St. (Hyde Park).


Andy Carter, will present on February 14th,

is a member of University Church’s Guatemala Partnership, which has had an 18-year partnership with a Mayan village. Andy has written a children’s story,

“Margarito’s Forest,”

based on interviews with a woman from the village whose father planted a forest that survived the scorched earth destruction of the village during the Guatemalan civil war. Bill Ayers will be in conversation with Andy about his book.  Click

here

for more about the book.


Matt Eisenbrandt will present on February 15th,

an attorney who helped investigate the murder of

Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero

and helped prosecute one of his killers, who had relocated to California, has written a book,

“Assassination of a Saint.”

He will talk about the book and have copies for sale. Click

here

for more about the book.

Event Date:
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 – 18:00

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017 – 19:30

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Washington D.C. – Following President Trump’s announcement today aiming to curb Sanctuary Cities, turn away asylum seekers, order the construction of a border wall, and increase harmful enforcement policies mark the start of our resistance. The National Sanctuary movement reaffirms its unwavering support for local jurisdictions with limited detainer policies and continued commitment to protect immigrants and refugees by opening their congregations to those being targeted by Trump’s policies.


Rev. Noel Andersen, CWS National Grassroots Coordinator,

said: “The Sanctuary Movement is growing stronger everyday, with more than 800 congregations strongly committed to protecting our immigrant brothers and sisters and standing with them during these trying times. The Sanctuary Movement has a long tradition of civil initiative, holding the government accountable to their own asylum laws. This is another case wherein numerous federal courts have found ICE practices to be unconstitutional when using detainer holds. We encourage all cities to hold true to the 4th amendment in our Constitution and keep their sanctuary policies intact–so that we can protect all members of our communities.”


Rabbi Jonathan D. Klein, Executive Director, Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice: Creating a Just and Sacred Society



(CLUE)


said: “As the “America First President” and his xenophobic attempts to dismantle the spirit of our nation’s welcoming message, emblazoned on the Statue of Liberty, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” people of faith throughout California utterly reject the politics of scapegoating any sub-community. Instead, we pledge

Sacred Resistance

to policies of divisiveness and

solidarity

with our fellow community members living in fear.  Rabbis, ministers, and other religious leaders have pledged to protect all human beings, regardless of immigration status, from the hate-filled Executive Orders that define this President’s first days as one of the least popular in history.”


Rev. Kenneth Heintzelman, Sr. Minister, Shadow Rock UCC

, said: “Shadow Rock UCC welcomes immigrants in need of Sanctuary in the spirit of the values that best represent the United States and our faith tradition. The values of hope, freedom, opportunity and justice support the immigrant story which is ultimately the story of all of us. President Trump’s actions, though draped with a thin cloak of patriotism, actually goes against the narrative of what it means to be a proud citizen that knows our history and what it means to be a person of faith who strives to love God and neighbor.”


Pastor Alli Baker, Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ

a congregation who helped pass the Sanctuary city ordinance in Chicago is also currently assisting two asylum seekers added this comment: “On Martin Luther King Jr. day, we remembered his Vietnam speech, when he said, now is the time to ‘move past indecision to action.’ Today we must ask ourselves, before the requests come – what are we willing to risk to truly be a Sanctuary city/church/space?”

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Learn more about the National Sanctuary movement at



www.sanctuarynotdeportation.org

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On January 15th, CRLN joined SOUL, A Just Harvest, Faith in Place, Fight for 15, Women Gathering for Justice, and the Workers Center for Racial Justice for a celebration and call to action to honor Martin Luther King Jr’s life and legacy of direct action to build social change.

A community of faith and conscience filled the space at the Willye B. White Fieldhouse in Rogers Park.

Rev. Marilyn Pagán-Banks, Rev. Booker Vance, and Rev. Teresa Smallwood opened up this event with a warm welcome, in prayer, and providing context.

OCAD (Organized Communities Against Deportations) and CRLN presented deportation defense as an important issue with a call to action for faith communities and elected officials. Rev. Alli Baker (Wellington Church, an immigrant welcoming congregation) framed the issue for the event, while OCAD and CRLN members gave public witness to the struggle of keeping the city and our communities accountable to being true “sanctuaries” in all its definitions. This includes the need for the elimination of an arbitrary gang database kept by the city that criminalizes communities of color, particularly Black communities, and allows for ICE and CPD collaboration in immigration cases.



As we continue to hold Mayor Emmanuel, Governor Rauner, ICE and all agencies accountable for criminalizing Black and Brown folks, raiding immigrant communities, and allowing our communities to be broken apart, we called (and continue to call) upon communities of faith to take action with us


.

As Martin Luther King said, “Let us rededicate ourselves to the long and bitter, but beautiful struggle for a new world.”

First, we call on faith communities and congregations to provide space within their spaces of worship for healing, educating, and organizing. Like many places of worship did in the 1970s and 1980s, open up your space for our undocumented siblings, brothers, and sisters fighting their deportations or for other directly-affected communities fighting other kinds of cases.

Second, we call on everyone here today to live our faith and values by organizing sanctuary spaces within your own community. We call on everyone to create sanctuary communities by opening your doors and hitting the streets. Sanctuary is a commitment to enacting our own visions of community care and safety. We reject divisive language that says some people are more deserving of love and protection than others.

To stay up to date on more ways to support current campaigns please follow CRLN, OCAD, and all our community partners on Facebook.

For more information please contact Cinthya Rodriguez, Immigration Organizer for CRLN at


crodriguez@crln.org


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Given Honduras’ human rights situation, CRLN will provide for its members a monthly update on human right issues afflicting the country.


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  • The Honduran authorities arrested

    another suspect of the assassination of Berta Caceres, Henry Javier Hernandez Rodriguez

    , a former member of the Honduran military, in Tamaulipas, Mexico. Berta’s family demands the arrests of those that planned the murder. However, the Honduran authorities don’t seem to be making any effort to prosecute the real intellectual authors of Berta’s assassination.
  • Gustavo Castro, who survived an assassination attempt when Berta Caceres was murdered,

    filed a formal accusation against the Honduran State for human rights violations.

  • Global Witness released a report that denounces

    , after a two-year investigation, that 120 environmental activists have died since 2010 in Honduras and that at the heart of the conflict are the rich and powerful elites, among them members of the political class. The Guardian analyzed the Global Witness report, focusing on the involvement of politicians and the business elite in the murder of the environmental defenders. Global Witness also denounces that the U.S. continues to provide security aid to Honduras despite the continuous human right violations by the state. Just this week, the U.S. gave

    the first Alliance for Prosperity funds

    ($125 million) to the Honduran government.
  • President Juan Orlando Hernandez is seeking a reform to the Penal Code and introduction of new legislation which would provide more power to the security forces of the country. Also, with this legislation, police, military and security forces who kill or injure civilians in “defense” would be exempt from justice.

    CARITAS Honduras

    said this legislation would bring the country back to the 80’s when the opposition and media were persecuted and practices of forced disappearances occurred regularly.

    Amnesty International, among other international and national organizations, is critical of this reform of the Penal Code.
  • Miriam Miranda and other members of the Afro-Honduran Garifuna cultural group OFRANEH were harassed and threatened by the Honduran Police in early January. The police wanted to illegally detain Miranda and three other human right defenders, during a checkpoint in La Ceiba. Miriam has protective measures from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (CIDH).
  • Journalist Igor Padilla, was assassinated in the Northern part of Honduras. Honduras is one of the most dangerous and deadliest countries in the world to be a journalist. Padilla became the 63rd media worker to be killed since 2003. 50 of the 63 murders took place since 2009 and 24 alone in 2014 and 2015.
  • OFRANEH is fighting against Indura Hilton, which wants to build resorts on their ancestral lands in Northern Honduras, and denounces the role of the Attorney’s General Office in granting access to that land to Indura Hilton
  • Honduras celebrated National Women’s day this past January 25

    th

    , and

    local women right’s defenders and organizations protested the continuous violence and discrimination against women in the country.
  • President Hernandez is actively seeking an illegal re-election, prohibited by the Honduran Constitution, and is harassing the opposition. In the previous election, the National Party stole funds from the Social Security system, leaving sick and economically poor people without medicine and treatments, in order to finance his political campaign.
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( Español Abajo )The Latin@ Center of McCormick Seminary

and the

Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America

(CRLN) will host the

IFCO/Pastors for Peace Cuba Caravan

for breakfast and conversation..

Gladys Abella

of the

Martin Luther King Center in Havana, Cuba

will talk about the effects of the U.S. blockade in Cuba and we will discuss grassroots efforts

to finally end the US blockade of Cuba

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Please rsvp to Marilyn McKenna at

mmckenna@crln.org


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McCormick Seminary

is at 5460 S University Ave, Chicago, IL 60615.


Gladys Abella (right) from the Martin Luther King Center in Havana, Cuba,

is assisted by translator Claudia De La Cruz of IFCO/Pastors for Peace.


Gladys Abella Bio

Gladys Abella (1954): One of the leaders of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Marianao (IBEM), Havana, was a key player in reorienting IBEM’s ecclesial, ecumenical and social mission in 1971 in light of the challenges of the Cuban reality in those years. In 1987 Ms. Abella played a key role in the creation of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial Center which was a product of the new mission at IBEM. Ms. Abella works at the Cuban Council of Churches and is currently part of the management team of the IBEM. She was active in the Student Worker Coordination Baptist Cuba (COEBAC).


El Centro Latinx del Seminario McCormick

y

la Red de Lideres Religiosos de Chicago para Latino América

(CRLN) acogerán a la Caravana de IFCO / Pastores por la Paz de Cuba para un desayuno y conversación. Gladys Abella del Centro Martin Luther King de La Habana, Cuba hablará sobre los efectos del bloqueo estadounidense a Cuba y discutiremos los esfuerzos de base para finalmente poner fin a dicho bloqueo. Por favor reservar puesto con Marilyn McKenna enviando un correo a

mmckenna@crln.org

. El Seminario McCormick está en 5460 S University Ave, Chicago, IL 60615.


Biografia de Gladys Abella

Gladys Abella (1954): Líder de la Iglesia Bautista Ebenezer en Marianao (IBEM), en la Habana, fue una participante clave en la reorientación de la misión eclesial, ecuménica y social del IBEM en 1971 a la luz de los retos de la realidad cubana en esos años. En 1987, la Sra. Abella desempeñó un papel clave en la creación del Centro Conmemorativo Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, producto de la nueva misión del IBEM. Gladys Abella trabaja en el Consejo Cubano de Iglesias y actualmente forma parte del equipo directivo del IBEM. Participó activamente en la Coordinadora de Trabajadores Estudiantiles Bautista de Cuba (COEBAC).


Fecha y Hora:

Lunes, 17 de Abril del 2017 – 09:30 to 11:00 am

Event Date:
Monday, April 17, 2017 –

09:30

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11:00

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El 15 de enero, CRLN se unió a SOUL, A Just Harvest, Faith in Place, Lucha por 15, Women Gathering for Justice y el Workers Center for Racial Justice para una celebración y un llamado a la acción en honor a la vida de Martin Luther King Jr y su enfoque en acciónes directa para realizar cambios sociales.

Una comunidad de fe y conciencia llenó el espacio de Willye B. White Fieldhouse en la vecindad de Rogers Park.

Rev. Marilyn Pagán-Banks, Rev. Booker Vance y la Rev. Teresa Smallwood abrieron este evento con una cálida bienvenida, con oración y dando contexto.

OCAD (Comunidades Organizadas en Contra de las Deportaciones) y CRLN presentaron la defensa en contra de las deportaciónes como un tema importante y con un llamado a la acción para las comunidades de fe y los funcionarios publicos. Rev. Alli Baker (Iglesia de Wellington, una congregación que le da la bienvenida a los  inmigrantes) enmarcó el tema para el evento, mientras que miembros de OCAD y CRLN dieron testimonio público sobra la lucha para mantener tanto a la ciudad como nuestras comunidades responsables de ser verdaderos “santuarios” en todas sus definiciones. Esto incluye la necesidad de eliminar una base de datos de pandillas de la ciudad que criminaliza a comunidades de color, particularmente comunidades negras, y permite la colaboración entre ICE y CPD en casos de inmigración.



A medida que continuamos sosteniendo al alcalde Emmanuel, al gobernador Rauner, al ICE ya todas las agencias responsables de criminalizar a las comunidades negras y latinas, de asaltar a comunidades inmigrantes y de permitir que nuestras comunidades se rompan, llamamos a las comunidades de fe a tomar acción con nosotros.

Como dijo Martin Luther King: “Rededicémonos a la larga y amarga pero hermosa lucha por un mundo nuevo”.

Primero, pedimos a las comunidades de fe y congregaciones que provean espacio dentro de sus espacios de culto para sanar, educar y organizar. Como muchas congregaciones hicieron en los años 70 y los años 80, abran su espacio para nuestros hermanxs, hermanos y hermanas indocumentados que luchan en contra de sus deportaciones o para otras comunidades directamente afectadas que luchan contra otros tipos de casos.

En segundo lugar, invitamos a todos aquí hoy a vivir nuestra fe y valores al organizar espacios santuarios dentro de nuestras propias comunidades. Llamamos a todos a crear comunidades de santuario, abriendo sus puertas y saliendo a las calles. Sanctuario es un compromiso para promulgar nuestras propias visiones de cuidado y seguridad comunitaria. Rechazamos el lenguaje divisivo que dice que algunas personas son más merecedoras de amor y protección que otras.

Para estar al día sobre más formas de apoyar las campañas actuales, por favor, siga a CRLN, OCAD y todos nuestros socios de la comunidad en Facebook.


Para más información, comuníquese con Cinthya Rodriguez, organizadora de inmigración de CRLN en


crodriguez@crln.org


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Dada la situación de derechos humanos en Honduras, CRLN proporcionará a sus miembros una actualización mensual de los problemas de derechos humanos que afligen al país.



  • Las autoridades hondureñas

    arrestaron a otro sospechoso del asesinato de Berta Caceres, Henry Javier Hernández Rodríguez, ex miembro del ejército hondureño,

    en Tamaulipas, México. La familia de Berta exige el arresto de los que planificaron el asesinato. Sin embargo, las autoridades hondureñas no parecen estar haciendo ningún esfuerzo para enjuiciar a los verdaderos autores intelectuales del asesinato de Berta.
  • Gustavo Castro, quien sobrevivió a un intento de asesinato cuando Berta Cáceres fue asesinada,

    presentó una acusación formal contra el Estado hondureño por violaciones a sus derechos humanos.

  • Global Witness publicó un informe que denuncia, tras una investigación de dos años,

    que 120 activistas ambientales han muerto desde el 2010 en Honduras y que en el centro del conflicto están las élites ricas y poderosas, entre ellas miembros de la clase política. Global Witness también denuncia que los Estados Unidos continua proporcionando ayuda de seguridad a Honduras a pesar de las continuas violaciones de derechos humanos cometidas por el estado hondureño . Sólo esta semana, los Estados Unidos dio los primeros fondos de la Alianza para la Prosperidad ($ 125 millones) al gobierno hondureño.
  • El presidente Juan Orlando Hernández está buscando una reforma al Código Penal y la introducción de nueva legislación que proporcionaría más poder a las fuerzas de seguridad del país. Además, con esta legislación, las fuerzas policiales, militares y de seguridad que matan o lesionan a los/las civiles en “defensa” estarían exentos de la justicia.

    CARITAS Honduras

    dijo que esta legislación llevaría al país de regreso a los años 80 cuando la oposición y los medios de comunicación fueron perseguidos y las prácticas de desapariciones forzadas ocurrieron regularmente.

    Amnistía Internacional critico las reformas propuestas al Código Penal.
  • Miriam Miranda y otros miembros del grupo cultural garífuna afro-hondureño OFRANEH fueron hostigados y amenazados por la Policía hondureña a principios de enero. La policía quería detener ilegalmente a Miranda y a otros tres defensores de derechos humanos, durante un puesto de control en La Ceiba. Miriam tiene medidas de protección de la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH).
  • El periodista Igor Padilla, fue asesinado en la parte norte de Honduras. Honduras es uno de los países más peligrosos y mortales del mundo para ser periodista. Padilla se convirtió en el 63º trabajador de los medios de comunicación asesinado desde el 2003. 50 de los 63 asesinatos ocurrieron desde el 2009, después del golpe de Estado, y 24 solo en el 2014 y 2015.
  • OFRANEH está luchando contra Indura Hilton, que quiere construir centros turísticos en sus tierras ancestrales en el norte de Honduras, y denuncia el papel de la Procuraduría General en otorgar acceso a esa tierra a Indura Hilton
  • Honduras celebró el Día Nacional de la Mujer el pasado 25 de enero, y las defensoras y organizaciones locales de derechos de las mujeres protestaron contra la continua violencia y discriminación contra las mujeres en el país.
  • El presidente Hernández está buscando activamente una reelección ilegal, prohibida por la Constitución hondureña, y está hostigando a la oposición. En la elección anterior, el Partido Nacional robó fondos del sistema de la Seguridad Social, dejando a los/las enfermos/as y las personas con pocos recursos económicos sin medicinas y tratamientos, para financiar su campaña política.
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Join us for an interfaith Lenten

series every Wednesday, March 1st-April 5th 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29 & 4/5

6:30-7 PM Prayer & Faith-Rooting

7-8 PM Skills-Building Workshops on Community Organizing

All are welcome to attend EITHER or BOTH parts of each session!


WHERE:

Berry United Methodist Church, 4754 N Leavitt St

PRESENTING ORGANIZATIONS: Community Renewal Society, Chicago Religious Leadership Network, and more!

Event Date:
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 – 18:30

to

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 – 20:00

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