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45 bikers rode the Lakefront Bike Path on Sunday, September 30, and collectively raised over $20,000 in pledges! The proceeds will be divided among a number of projects: scholarships for students in Guatemala and El Salvador, trainings for health promoters in Colombia, legal aid and training for campesinos in Honduras fighting for land rights, and community organizing funds for tenants rights in Chicago. Co-sponsors Autonomous Tenants Union, Chicago-Cinquera Sister Cities, Chicago-Guatemala Partnership, Concern America, and La Voz de los de Abajo organized teams of bike riders, along with CRLN, to seek funding for these projects.

Thanks to all who biked, pledged to bikers, designed the t-shirts, volunteered at the event, or brought food for the fiesta!

Here are some photos of from the event:

    

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2019 Pedal for Peace Bike-a-thon

Beneficiary groups and project descriptions

To donate to Pedal for Peace, click on the name of any group. Donations will be divided equally among the groups. 

Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America (CRLN)  

Founded 30 years ago, 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. Because CRLN has dedicated restricted funds for travel scholarships and for the support of human rights defenders, Pedal for Peace donations will go for general operating support of our regular programming.

Contact person: Sharon Hunter-Smith, shunter-smith@crln.org

 

 

Chicago-Cinquera Sister Cities  

Cinquera, El Salvador, is a small community of around 3,000 people in the central part of the country.  In 1992, Cinquera, which had been abandoned during the horrific civil war, was repopulated after the peace accord.  Chicago-Cinquera Sister Cities has been working with a progressive community organization, the ARDM, for many years.  This year, the ARDM has again designated Pedal for Peace donations for scholarships for five college students who are majoring in computer science, agricultural engineering and education.  The donations will cover their enrollment fees, tuition, transportation, food and housing.  During and upon completion of their studies, the students have made a commitment to live in and work on behalf of the Cinquera community and to support the scholarship program for future students.

Contact personJim Hoover, jimmyishere@hotmail.com

 chicago-cinquera.org

 

Chicago-Guatemala Partnership  

Saq Ja’, Guatemala, is a rural Mayan community of around 50 families located in the western highlands.  The community was destroyed in 1981-82 during the Guatemalan civil war, many survived in the wilderness for years and returned to resettle their lands after the Peace Accords in 1996.  After much hard work, they succeeded in building a primary and middle school to educate children through 9th grade.  The Chicago-Guatemala Partnership, which has accompanied the community since 1999, will again designate this year’s Pedal for Peace funds toward support for the middle school and scholarships for those going on to higher levels of schooling. In addition, money may be used to support a school trip to the ruins of an ancient Mayan city at Tikal to learn about their Mayan history and heritage.

Contact person:   Mary Naftzger, maryandbob.n@sbcglobal.net 

 

Concern America (C/A)

The Pedal for Peace Bike-a-thon will support C/A’s community-centered health and leadership program in rural Afro-Colombian and Indigenous communities in the isolated and war-torn Chocó region of Colombia, providing primary health care services to 20,000 people previously without access to such services. This innovative and successful model, known as Health Promoter Practitioners (HPPs), engages the most valuable resource in every village–the people themselves. With a depth of knowledge, skills, and ability to provide health care comparable to the work of nurse practitioners in the U.S, HPPs are able to meet 80% of the community’s health care needs. This year, the program will build its own HPP-run clinic training center and dormitories for course participants, a huge step! Funds received from Pedal for Peace will help equip the new program center.

Contact  person:  John Straw, jstraw@concernamerica.org

 

 

La Voz de los de Abajo   

La Voz de los de Abajo has worked in solidarity with campesino and indigenous organizations in Honduras for nearly 15 years on community radio projects, human rights accompaniment and support for initiatives by small farmers and their organizations. Since the coup in June 2009, it has also organized multiple delegations from the U.S. to Honduras to provide human rights accompaniment to the organizations and communities resisting the coup.  2019 Pedal for Peace funds will be sent to the National Center for Rural Workers (CNTC), which provides legal and organizational accompaniment to thousands of campesinos struggling for land reform. In addition, funds will be used to support Garifuna health and educational initiatives.

Contact personVicki Cervantes, vickicervantes@yahoo.com

 

 

Autonomous Tenants Association  

The Autonomous Tenants Union (ATU) engages in grassroots organizing alongside tenants, leveraging the power of tenant unions to halt evictions, keep rent affordable, and preserve our community through advocacy and education. We recognize that our struggle for housing justice is deeply connected to other struggles, which is why we collaborate with organizations around the city to mutually support one another in our growth. Currently ATU is part of the Lift the ban campaign that is trying to repeal the provision at the state level that prohibits rent control to be implemented in any municipality. ATU is collaborating on this coalition and, if achieved, it will open the door for more campaign organizing around passing a rent control ordinance in the city of Chicago, which will impact tenants across the city for years to come.

Contact person: Antonio Gutiérrez, gutierrez.atu@gmail.com

 

 

 

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Vigilia de Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead Vigil

OCAD & CRLN invite you to attend our annual vigil to honor those who have lost their lives to the deportation system. This year has been the deadliest yet, with 12 people dying under ICE custody across the country. Join us as we commemorate Day of the Dead with pan de muerto and coffee as we work to highlight the inhumane and accountable practices that characterize ICE/DHS.

This year we are demanding:

An investigation into the 22 deaths that have occurred in immigrant detention centers since Oct 1, 2015. We demand these investigations be made public by December 1, 2017.

On a local level, we are demanding the immediate release of Wilmer Catalan-Ramirez who has wrongfully and violently detained on March of this year and who has dire medical needs that should allow for his release.

OCAD & CRLN les invita a asistir a una vigilia para honrar a quienes fallecieron bajo custodia de ICE este año. Este ha sido el año mas mortal en record, con 12 personas fallecidas dentro de los centros de detencion de inmigrante. Unase a nosotrxs para celebrar el dia de muertos con pan de muerto y cafe y al mismo tiempo para trabajar y traer atención a las practicas inhumanas que caracterizan a ICE/DHS.

Este año estamos exigiendo:

La investigacion de las 22 muertes que han ocurrido en centros de detencion de inmigrantes desde Oct 1, 2015. Exigimos que estas los hallazgos se hagan publicos a mas tardar el 1ro de diciembre, 2017.

Desde el ambito local, exigimos que se libere inmediatamente a Wilmer Catalan-Ramirez quien fue injusta y violentamente detenido en marzo de este año y quien requiere cuidado medico especializado.

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La 72 Home and Refuge for Migrant People announces a screening of Migrant

Crossing, a film that documents the lives of migrants who cross Mexico from Central

America and the work of La 72.

Ramón Marquez, executive director of La 72 and expert on migration issues in the

southern Mexico/Northern Triangle region, will present a Q&A session immediately

following the screening.

Located approximately 30km from the Guatemalan border in Tenosique, Tabasco and

next to the rail line migrants use to cross Mexico to the US, La 72 houses and serves

approximately 13,000 migrants and refugees from Central America every year.

Currently, more and more migrants are soliciting asylum in Mexico. La 72 serves a

significant number of LGBTQ persons and unaccompanied minors each year as well.

Tenosique is one of only three towns in Mexico with a permanent UNHCR presence,

and La 72 serves a strategic focal point for institutions such as Doctors Without Borders

and Asylum Access.


La 72 Website:




la72.org


Migrant Crossing Trailer:




Ticket Information:




https://www.tugg.com/events/migrant-crossing


Price

: $11


Date & Time:

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 6:30pm–7:42pm


Location:

Regal Webster Place 11

1471 W. Webster Ave, Chicago, IL, United States, 60614

Film followed by Q&A session with Ramón Marquez, Director of La 72

8pm, Kibbitznest, 2212 N. Clybourn, Chicago

Suggested donation to La 72: $20

Event Date:

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 –

18:30

to

19:45

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Join CRLN on the Latin America Track for workshops at Ecumenical Advocacy Days, to plan visits to Congressional offices and to lobby for U.S. support for migrants, refugees and displaced people. CRLN will also have “asks” on our longstanding campaign to end the embargo in Cuba, support a Peace Process in Colombia, and cut off military and police aid to Honduras.

Event Date:
Friday, April 20, 2018 – 16:00to

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 – 17:00

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Join us for two important rallies in Chicago!



Join this Youth-Led Rally & March for a #CleanDreamAct!

Tuesday, December 19th

:

Join CRLN & other ICIRR members for a rally and march to urge Senators Duckworth and Durbin and other members of the Illinois Delegation to stand strong and get a clean DREAM Act passed out of Congress before Dec 22

nd

! Please let us know if you can make it and feel free to spread the word:

Take action to pass a clean #DreamActNow!



From our friends at OCAD: Support Wilmer & demand his release!


Wilmer has been in ICE detention for nine months.

Despite new evidence that he was falsely placed in CPD’s gang database, ICE refuses to release him.


Join us for a rally on 12/20 at 11AM

, 101 W. Congress Parkway, to demand his release.

See you there!

In the meantime, you can make a call with this script.

Dial 312-347-2400 (Press * when your call goes through):

“I’m calling to urge Director Ricardo Wong to release Wilmer Catalan-Ramirez (A#098 500 300). Mr. Catalan-Ramirez has been detained for 9 months without proper medical care. His health is decline and as a result he has experienced multiple seizures while in detention. I’m urging Director Wong to release Mr. Catalan-Ramirez before Christmas and allow him to receive proper medical care and be reunited with his family for the holidays.”



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When: Sunday, January 15 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: Willye B. White Park Fieldhouse, 1610 W. Howard Street, Chicago, IL 60626

At the event, 500 people from Chicago and the Chicago-land Area will come together to discuss the important issues facing the community and call on elected officials to make commitments to address those issues. Issues on the agenda include Police Accountability, Living Wages, Immigration Rights, Religious Freedom, and Human Rights for ALL.

 

Please contact crodriguez@crln.org if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you on January 15th!

 

 

Celebracion & Llamada a la Accion en honor a Martin Luther King, Jr. 2017

 

Cuándo: Domingo, 15 de enero de 2:00 p.m. a 4:00 p.m.

 

Dónde: Willye B. White Park Fieldhouse, 1610 W. Howard Street, Chicago, IL 60626

 

En este evento, 500 personas de Chicago y el area de Chicago se reunirán para discutir los asuntos importantes que enfrenta la comunidad y para pedir a los funcionarios electos que se comprometan a abordar esos temas. Los temas en la agenda incluyen el control social de la policia, salaries justos, los derechos de inmigración, la libertad religiosa y los derechos humanos para TODOS.

Por favor, póngase en contacto con crodriguez@crln.org. Esperamos verlx el 15 de enero!

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