The Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America (CRLN) builds partnerships among social movements and organized communities within and between the U.S. and Latin America. We work together through popular education, grassroots organizing, public policy advocacy, and direct action to dismantle U.S. militarism, neoliberal economic and immigration policy, and other forms of state and institutional violence.We are united by our liberating faiths and inspired by the power of people to organize and to find allies to work for sustainable economies, just relationships and human dignity.
Misión en español: La Red de Líderes Religiosos de Chicago para Latinoamérica (CRLN) construye alianzas entre movimientos sociales y comunidades organizadas en EE.UU. y entre los pueblos de las Américas. Trabajamos juntos por medio de la educación popular, la organización de base comunitaria, la promoción de políticas públicas, y la demostración no violenta pero energética para desmilitarizar nuestras sociedades, crear alternativas a la economía neoliberal y desmantelar la política de inmigración de EE.UU, y otras formas de violencia institucional y de Estado. Estamos unidxs por nuestras fes liberadoras e inspiradxs por el poder de la gente para organizar y encontrar aliadxs para trabajar por economías sostenibles, relaciones justas y la dignidad humana.
Who Does CRLN Serve?
CRLN exists to serve the hundreds of thousands in Latin America who have asked U.S. citizens to work to end U.S. policies that harm them. CRLN visits Latin America each year to meet personally with people who are marginalized by unjust political and economic structures but who actively struggle against oppression. Click here to learn more about CRLN delegations. CRLN also exists for people of faith in our country who, through CRLN, are empowered to take direct action to advance justice, peace and human rights through dialogue with public policy makers in the effort to halt abusive military and economic practices being carried out with U.S. tax dollars. Click here to learn more about advocacy opportunities through CRLN.
Currently, CRLN work focuses on the following topics:
- Colombia: Human Rights and US Policy
- Promoting Fair Trade and Sustainable Development
- Chicago New Sanctuary Coalition: Working for Justice for Immigrants
- Building Just US/Cuba Relations
- Close the SOA/WHINSEC
- Human Rights in Post-Coup Honduras
Within these campaigns, CRLN and its members engage in education, action and advocacy work. To learn more about specific campaigns, and to access resources and materials on each, please follow the links below or to the right.