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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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 


Sponsors: Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America (CRLN), Chicago- Cinquera Sister Cities, Chicago-Guatemala Partnership, Concern America, La Voz de los de Abajo, and the Autonomous Tenants Union


Schedule and Route

1:00 Gather and Ride!  Meet at the registration table at the Waveland Clock Tower (on field just south of the clocktower at Waveland Ave. and the lakefront) or at the Dog Water Station (55th Street and Bike Path). 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:

$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


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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, 2018, 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 another biker or to support 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.  All proceeds will be divided among the beneficiary groups in support of the projects. You may also go to, click on the Events tab on the top, “2019 Pedal for Peace Bike-a-thon under “Events” on the right hand side of the webpage for a complete description of the groups and projects funded.
  3. Collect the donations before September 22, and turn them in at the registration table on the day of the event.


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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2018 Pedal for Peace Bike-a-thon

Beneficiary groups and project descriptions



Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America (CRLN)  

Founded 29 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,



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 the scholarships of 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,


Chicago-Guatemala Partnership  

Saq Ja’, Guatemala, is a rural Mayan community of around 50 families located in the western highlands.  The army burned the community in 1982 during the civil war, killing half of the people.  The remaining people fled, and returned after the Peace Accords in 1996.  After much hard work, the community 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.  Saq Ja’s own scholarship committee will make the final decisions on which students to fund.

Contact person:   Mary Naftzger,



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 successfully meet 80% of the community’s health care needs. Funds received from Pedal for Peace will help cover expenses related to the health courses, Teaching Clinic, and community visits, led by the team of advanced HPPs, as well as the visit from Advanced Practitioners from Guatemala.

Contact  person:  John Straw,



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 supporting 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.  2017 Pedal for Peace funds will be sent to the only hospital in the African-descended Garifuna territory founded and run by a Garifuna doctor, Dr. Luther Castillo, who with his staff of other young Garifuna physicians have treated well over 400,000 patients free of charge since 2007. In addition, 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 and land reform.

Contact personVicki Cervantes,



Autonomous Tenants Association  

The ATU is a tenants collective, whose mission is to support and defend the rights of tenants in Chicago through collective organizing. More particularly, the ATU seeks to enable tenants across the Chicago area to understand their rights as tenants, as well as to benefit from collective organizing in order to prevent illegal lockouts, request repairs and lease-agreements, and provide defense against eviction. When tenants come together to demand solutions to these problems, landlords are confronted with a greater economic threat and are more willing to reach a settlement.  The ATU was formed by tenants in Chicago to protect and create collaboration among all tenant members to put a stop to the process of gentrification and forced displacement of low-income working class residents of our communities.

Contact person: Antonio Gutiérrez,




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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:

Migrant Crossing Trailer:

Ticket Information:


: $11

Date & Time:

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


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 –




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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


! 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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