Melissa Cardoza

’s book,

13 Colors  of the Honduran Resistance,

tells thirteen stories of women who joined the resistance to the U.S.-backed 2009

coup d’etat

. It has just been made available in a bilingual English/Spanish edition, translated by Matt Ginsberg-Jaeckle. Melissa, an afro-indigenous fearless journalist, poet, writer and feminist organizer from Honduras, poetically relates some of the most compelling moments she has witnessed amidst the brutal repression and unyielding hope and struggle that have characterized post-


Honduras today. She will be touring along with her fellow member of the Honduran “Red de Defensoras,” or network of women rights defenders, beloved Honduran jazz/folk protest singer

Karla Lara,

who appears in one of the book’s stories and has been an icon and sharp voice in the resistance. Both were amongst the closest friends to *Berta Cáceres*, the Honduran indigenous leader and organizer of COPINH who was assassinated for her work in defense of the Lenca people and against patriarchy, capitalism, and racism. This book and this tour are dedicated to Berta.




Official book launch with El BeiSMan – La Catrina, 1011 W 18th St

Event Date:
Sunday, April 30, 2017 – 16:00
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Join us for the

2017 Luncheon

to learn about the intersectional organizing work of the

Feminist Antimilitarist Network in Colombia


Carol Rojas

. The Colombia Peace Accords, while a step toward peace, face many challenges.  There is an urgent need to rebuild the community and collective ties broken by war. Seeking to build historical memory is also a necessary step in constructing a political project to make the transition as a country to a plural, broad, and diverse democracy, where women can be political protagonists and not victims. To construct peace in Colombia in this difficult time, the Network uses popular education to promote demilitarization and the eradication of systems of oppression based on sex, class, and race.



for a brief autobiography of Carol Rojas


Date: October 24

Time: 12 noon – 2:00pm

Place: Old St. Patrick’s Catholic Parish Hall, 700 W. Adams, Chicago  60661

Cost: $60 ($54 for members), $25 student/low income, free for Luncheon volunteers (please email

to volunteer).

Tickets: Order tickets at

or by contacting Sharon Hunter-Smith at

and mailing in a check (CRLN, 4750 N. Sheridan Rd., #429, Chicago, IL  60640-5078.

Sponsored by the Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America in partnership with the Feminist Antimilitarist Network and Witness for Peace.

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11 people, including 2 staff members and 1 board member from CRLN, traveled  February 28 – March 6, 2017 on a human rights accompaniment and fact-finding delegation to Honduras coordinated by CRLN’s local partner organization, La Voz de los de Abajo. Designed to accompany the 1 year anniversary commemoration events of the assassination of Berta Caceres, the delegation was invited by her indigenous rights organization, COPINH, to provide an international presence at a march in Tegucigalpa March 2 to the Supreme Court building and an all-day celebration of Berta’s life on her birthday, March 4, in the indigenous Lenca community of Rio Blanco. The delegation also met with organizations representing rural workers, the Garifuna people, a Jesuit radio station providing news coverage, teachers, doctors, feminists, protest singers, students and others. The resistance is still strong, even without Berta!  COPINH’s new chant is “Berta vive, vive! COPINH sigue, sigue!” “Berta is alive! COPINH will survive!”

Come join CRLN members to hear an update on post-


Honduras in this election year in that country.

Time: 3:00 – 5:00pm

Place: La Parada, 2059 West 21st Street, Chicago (Pilsen neighborhood).   Near CTA Pink Line Cullerton stop

Event Date:
Sunday, April 9, 2017 –




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Join us! Únase a nosotrxs!

Travel with CRLN to the border, November 10-12!


CRLN will again take a delegation to Tucson and Sonora, AZ, and Nogales, MX, to participate in the US-Mexico Border Convergence, co-sponsored by SOA Watch. We reserved a block of hotel rooms and will arrange to rent a van for transportation between the cities in which activities will happen.

Scholarships are available!

This border mobilization is one more way to fight for the closure of the School of the Americas, and to work towards a world that is free of suffering and violence. We cannot forget that many of our immigrant brothers, sisters, and siblings are survivors of U.S.-sponsored atrocities in Latin America.

Join us!

Coordinate with CRLN to join or have your community join human rights activists, torture survivors, union workers, veterans, community organizers, migrants, faith communities, students and educators from across the Americas.

Will you go with us this year to call for an end to U.S. militarization, economic exploitation, and political intervention in Latin America and on the border?

Activities include a vigil at Eloy Detention Center, a vigil to close the School of the Americas/Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, a march to the border wall, forums and workshops, concerts, and more!

See below for details and a schedule.

To coordinate with us and join CRLN on the border, contact our Immigration Organizer, Cinthya Rodriguez at

or 773-964-6252.

Interested in joining in the U.S.-Mexico Border Convergence this year?


SOA Watch Demands:

  • An end to U.S. economic, military and political intervention in Latin America and the closure of the School of the Americas (SOA/WHINSEC)

  • Demilitarization and divestment of the borders

  • An end to the racist systems of oppression that criminalize and kill migrants, refugees and communities of color

  • Respect, dignity, justice and the right to self-determination of communities

  • An end to Plan Mérida and the Alliance for Prosperity

Weekend Program:

Friday, November 10 – Tucson, Arizona

8:00am     Welcome &


11:15am   Community Lunch Gathering

12:30pm   Forums & Workshops

4:00pm     Caravan to Eloy Detention Center

5:00pm     Vigil at Eloy Detention Center

9:00pm     Evening Concert

Saturday, November 11 – Nogales, Sonora/Arizona

8:00am     Welcome &


8:15am     Gathering for March

9:00am     Veteran-led March to the Border Wall

11:00am   Community Lunch Gathering

12:30pm   Forums & Workshops

5:30pm     Social Gathering

8:00pm     Evening Concert

Sunday, November 12 – Nogales, Sonora/Arizona

8:00am     Blessing

9:00am     Puppetistas!

10:00am   Speakers & Musicians


No Más, No More




1:00pm     Encuentro Closing

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March 6th, 4pm – 7 pm, Timberlanes (1851 W. Irving Park Road)

Chicago-Cinquera Sister Cities’ annual Bowl-a-Rama to raise funds for the rural community of Cinquera, El Salvador, is coming up again, and CRLN will be forming a team.  Will you bowl with us?  Will you form your own team?  Call the CRLN office at 773-293-2964 and let us know if you will participate by collecting pledges from donors and spending a few hours bowling with others interested in people-to-people development.  The cost to bowl is $25, but if you collect $50 or more in pledges, bowling is free!

Chicago-Cinquera is a community to community-based solidarity organization, whose collaboration seeks to work together to build an international movement for social justice and human dignity through a hopeful alternative strategy and vision for development.  For more information, go to


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Image credit: Design Action Collective


(Español AQUI)

Join CRLN and our community partners in calling for Expanding Sanctuary all throughout Holy Week!

This year, Holy Week kicks off for us with the 6th Annual

Occupy Palm Sunday

in the Logan Square & Humboldt Park community of Chicago.

We join the Logan Square Ecumenical Alliance (LSEA), the Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA), and others this Sunday starting at 12:30pm to Rally and Public Prayer at Palmer Square Park (east-side of the park) at 1PM. We rally and pray for an expanded vision of sanctuary for ALL that works to end police violence, deportations, and criminalization!

On Palm Sunday, we will continue to demand a stronger “Welcoming City Ordinance” that provides stronger protections to undocumented communities and the passage of recommendations to the ‘FOP Contract Resolution’ for police accountability


Second, join us downtown on

Good Friday

for the 8TH Day Center for Justice’s Annual Walk for Justice

. Join the CRLN contingent for the Fourth Station: ‘Helped in the Struggle,’ two Fridays from now from 12PM-3PM at the corner of Michigan and Congress! Each year we join together for this modern-day Way-of-the-Cross to shed light on unjust societal structures and to reflect on how we can work to dismantle them. The 2017 Good Friday Walk for Justice will provide the space to name and explore our visions for a just and peaceful world.  Our faithful vision of justice and peace includes expanding sanctuary. We imagine our Beloved Community as a place of care and safety for everyone, no matter where they come from, what they look like, or how they express their gender or sexuality.

However, our nation’s administration has a different vision, one that limits care and safety to a homogenous group and criminalizes others. It seeks to separate from the

Beloved Community certain groups, including ourselves and our neighbors, who are undocumented, immigrant, refugee, Muslim, Black, Arab, Native, queer—and to label us as threats.

We resist this limited vision, based on fear and criminalization. We will embrace our vision of sanctuary and imagine how our faith communities can provide community care and safety for ALL. We will create the kind of world we want to live in.

See you this Holy Week!

To learn more, please contact CRLN’s Immigration Organizer at



  1. Expand Sanctuary in Chicago: Community Action Meeting

    from 11AM-1PM at 2229 S. Halsted.

    Come learn about the campaign to expand sanctuary protections for all Chicago, and find out how you can organize in your neighborhood!

  2. Stay tuned for April’s City Council meeting & vote on the Welcoming City Ordinance amendments & the FOP contract recommendations resolution.

    Tell our mayor and city council to stand up to Trump and take action that doesn’t just symbolically defend immigrants but transforms our city’s policies to stop targeting us for imprisonment, risk of deportation, and state violence at the hands of police and aggressive immigration agents.

  3. SAVE THE DATE for May Day 2017.

    Join us at the International Workers Day March on Monday, May 1st at 1pm, starting at Union Park (Ashland and Lake) followed by a Chicago Federation of Labor (CFL) event at 4pm at Daley Plaza



  1. Black People Need Sanctuary Cities, Too

    ’ by Janaé Bonsu (BYP 100)

  2. A Radical Expansion of Sanctuary: Steps in Defiance of Trump’s Executive Order

    ’ by Marisa Franco (Mijente)


    : Black, Latinx, Muslim, Trans and LGBTQ communities are redefining and expanding what sanctuary means to protect themselves and each other from not just immigration enforcement but all the threats coming from 45’s regime. (BYP 100 & Mijente)


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CRLN Fall Events

September 10, 2017, 3pm: Meet Donaldo Zuniga

director of the

COMAL network

, an organization comprised of rural communities in


that work to promote fair and sustainable agriculture and marketing. Donaldo is in Chicago to discuss social movements, economic solidarity, food sovereignty and human rights. Click


for more information. RSVP to Sharon at the CRLN office, 773-293-2964, 773-293-3680, or

for location, public transportation and parking information.

September 23, 2017, 1-5pm: Pedal for Peace



annual bike-a-thon to

raise funds for health, education, legal aid, and community organizing efforts

in Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Chicago. For more information, click


. To register as an individual or as part of a team, click


. Organizing together transnationally, we can cooperate in making healthcare, education, legal aid, and affordable housing available to more people.

October 9-10, 2017: Alex Escobar Prado

activist, educator, and member of the Guatemalan environmental justice organization Youth Organized in Defense of Life (JODVID). Born out of the struggle for community self-determination and resistance to Tahoe Resources’ Escobal silver mine in southeastern Guatemala, JODVID uses the arts and popular education to mobilize youth in local and regional movements to protect the environment and defend territory. Event times and places are in process of confirmation; information will be posted



October 24, 2017, 12-2pm: CRLN Annual Luncheon “Constructing Peace in Colombia: A Feminist Vision”

Speaker: Carol Rojas, Feminist Antimilitarist Network

The Colombia Peace Accords, while a step toward peace, face many challenges. Illegally armed groups have escalated attacks against social movement leaders. People displaced by violence lack work, education and healthcare and continue to suffer the psychological effects of war.  To build the peace in Colombia in this difficult time, the Feminist Antimilitarist Network uses popular education to promote demilitarization and the eradication of systems of oppression based on sex, class and race. They believe that this transformation of communities supports the construction of peace. For more information and a link to order tickets, visit our website at


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Join CRLN for Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD)

in 2017 in Washington DC! Mark your calendars for

April 21-24, 2017

and join us for education, skill building, advocacy trainings, and Congressional visits! Learn more about immigration issues and human rights campaigns in Latin America. Then translate your new knowledge to advocacy work on Capitol Hill where you’ll speak with your Representative and Senators’ offices to make policy demands that support the work of undocumented leaders and our partners in Latin America. Mark your calendar and stay tuned for more information! For questions, contact Sharon Hunter-Smith at



Únase a nosotrxs al encuentro anual del 2017 de Ecumenical Advocacy Days en Washington, DC!

Marque en su calendario para el fin de semana del

21 al 24 de abril del 2017

y únase a nosotrxs para educación, capacitación, entrenamiento de cómo abogar, y visitas Congresionales. Aprenda más sobre los asuntos de inmigración y de campañas para los derechos humanos en América Latina. Después, puede aplicar su nuevo conocimiento en reuniones con su Representante y Senadores en las que puede exigir cambios políticos que apoyan el trabajo de lxs líderes indocumentadxs y nuestrxs compañerxs en América Latina. ¡Márquelo en su calendario y vea a nuestro sitio de web para más noticias sobre el viaje! Si tiene preguntas, póngase en contacto con Sharon Hunter-Smith at


Event Date:

Friday, April 21, 2017 – 10:00


Monday, April 24, 2017 – 21:00
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¡Únete a CRLN y a nuestras organizaciones amigas para pedir la expansión del Santuario durante toda la Semana Santa!

Este año, la Semana Santa comienza para nosotros con

el 6to Anual

Ocupación del Domingo de Ramos (Occupying Palm Sunday)

en la comunidad de Logan Square y Humboldt Park de Chicago. Nos unimos a la Logan Square Ecumenical Alliance (LSE), Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA), y otros este domingo a partir de las 12:30 pm para un mitin y oración pública en Palmer Square Park (al este del parque) a la 1:00PM. Nos reunimos y oramos por una visión ampliada del santuario para TODXS que trabaja para acabar con la violencia policial, las deportaciones y la criminalización.

El Domingo de Ramos, continuaremos exigiendo una

“Welcoming City Ordinance”

más fuerte y que proporcione más protecciones a las comunidades indocumentadas y la aprobación de recomendaciones a la

“Resolución de Contrato de FOP”

para la rendición de cuentas de la policía.

En segundo lugar, únase a nosotros en el centro de la ciudad el Viernes Santo para la

Caminata Anual por la Justicia de

8th Day Center for Justice


Únase al contingente de CRLN para la Cuarta Estación: ‘Ayudando en la Lucha’, el viernes 14 de abril de 12 PM a 3PM en la esquina de Michigan y Congress. Cada año nos unimos para este Vía Crucis moderno para dar luz a las estructuras sociales injustas y para reflexionar sobre cómo podemos trabajar para desmantelarlas. La Caminata por la Justica del Viernes Santo del 2017 proveerá el espacio para nombrar y explorar nuestras visiones para un mundo justo y pacífico. Nuestra visión fiel de justicia y paz incluye la expansión del santuario. Imaginamos a nuestra amada comunidad como un lugar de cuidado y seguro para todxs, sin importar de dónde provengan, cómo se vean o cómo expresen su género o sexualidad.

Sin embargo, la administración de nuestra nación tiene una visión diferente, que limita la atención y la seguridad a un grupo homogéneo y criminaliza a otrxs. Busca separar de la comunidad a ciertos grupos, incluidos nosotrxs y nuestrxs vecinos, que son indocumentadxs, inmigrantes, refugiadxs, musulmanes, negrxs, árabes, nativxs, extrañxs, y nos etiquetan como amenazas.

Resistimos esta visión limitada, basada en el miedo y la criminalización. Vamos a abrazar nuestra visión de santuario e imaginar cómo nuestras comunidades de fe pueden proporcionar cuidado comunitario y seguridad para TODXS. Vamos a crear el tipo de mundo en el que queremos vivir. ¡Nos vemos esta Semana Santa!

Para obtener más información, comuníquese con la Organizadora de Inmigración de CRLN en



  1. Expandiendo Santuario en Chicago: Reunión de Acción Comunitaria

    de 11 AM a 1PM en 2229 S. Halsted. ¡Venga a conocer la campaña para expandir las protecciones de santuario para todxs en Chicago, y descubra cómo puede organizarse en su vecindario!
  2. Manténgase en sintonía para la reunión del Consejo Municipal en Abril y la votación de

    Welcoming City Ordinance

    y la resolución del contrato de recomendaciones FOP.

    Dígale a nuestro alcalde y ayuntamiento que resistamos a Trump y tomemos medidas que no sólo simbólicamente defienden a los inmigrantes, sino que transforman las políticas de nuestra ciudad para que dejen de atacarnos por medio de encarcelamientos, riesgos de deportación y violencia estatal a manos de la policía y agentes agresivos de inmigración

  3. GUARDE LA FECHA para el Día del trabajo del 2017.

    Únase a nuestra marcha en el Día Internacional de los Trabajadores el lunes 1 de mayo

    a la 1pm, comenzando en Union Park (Ashland y Lake) seguido de un evento de la Federación de Trabajo de Chicago (CFL) a las 4pm en Daley Plaza.

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Wednesday, September 27th from 7-9PM @ Hairpins Arts Center in Logan Square.

Come learn about how Chicagoans are enacting our own visions of community care and safety.

The Mayor’s Office “One Chicago” campaign seeks to unify City residents and show support for “immigrant and refugee communities most affected by recent federal policies.” Yet, in Chicago, arrests and policing at the hands of abusive police and immigration agents continue to endanger communities and place immigrants in deportation proceedings. As we continue to hear city officials speak loudly about Chicago as a ‘sanctuary city,’ many community organizations and coalitions have rallied and organized to show that the bar for sanctuary has been set way too low.

Community organizations and coalitions continue to put pressure on the City while expanding Sanctuary from below, desde abajo. Sanctuary spaces are not simply given by the City, but actively organized and defended by the community. This talk will introduce some of these community advocates while familiarizing the audience with the movement of Sancturary from below, desde abajo.

This talk is provided by a partner organization and activated by art. Professional storytellers set the stage for discussion, and artist Juan-Carlos Perez completes each event by leading a group artmaking project to build continuity and connect ideas as the month progresses.

This talk is part of LATINxARTS a four-week long program at Hairpin Arts Center featuring exclusively latino/a/x artists. September 15th – October 15th features “Eye Level” an art exhibition curated by JGV/WAR featuring installations by Andrea Peralas and Jose Resendiz, as well as free workshops, discussions, and performances. All events are free to the public – and all donations made at the door or online will go to the artists involved!

See the full line-up at


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