Resisting Displacement: Expanding Sanctuary in the Americas

Our communities in the Americas—whether immigrant or


or indigenous or Afro- descendant—are pushed off their land and sometimes out of their countries by large economic forces pursuing profits. For these forces, there are no borders. Many who are displaced are finding ways to connect with others in the Americas to resist deportation and dislocation. All seek to create safer spaces in which to live in the Americas.

Come for social time with CRLN members and staff and hear from Claudia Lucero, Cinthya Rodriguez and Sharon Hunter-Smith about how CRLN is addressing these issues and ways to get involved.

Sunday, May 21, 2017


Christ Lutheran Church

3253 West Wilson Ave.

Chicago IL, 60625

Tickets are $50 or $25 student/low income

Please RSVP to Marisa Leon Gomez Sonet at

by May 17.

Refreshments will be available. Parking available nearby.

Resistiendo el Desplazamiento: Expandiendo el Santuario en las Américas

Nuestras comunidades en las Américas – ya sea inmigrantes

o campesinxs

o Indegenxs, o Afro-descendientes- están siendo desplazadas de sus tierras y a veces de sus países por grandes fuerzas económicas que persiguen las ganancias. Para estas fuerzas, no hay fronteras. Muchxs de lxs que están siendo desplazadxs buscan maneras de conectarse con otrxs en las Américas para resistir la deportación y la dislocación. Todxs buscan crear espacios más seguros para vivir en las Américas.

Acompáñanos para una tarde social con el personal y miembros de CRLN.  Claudia Lucero, Cinthya Rodríguez y Sharon Hunter-Smith presentaran sobre cómo CRLN está abordando estos temas y formas en las que tú puedes involucrarte.

Domingo, 21 de Mayo del 2017

3:00 a 6:00pm

Iglesia Luterana de Cristo (Christ Lutheran Church)

3253 West Wilson Ave.

Chicago IL, 60625

Los boletos cuestan $ 50 o $25 para estudiantes y personas de bajos ingresos.

Por favor reservar con Marisa León Gómez enviando un correo electrónico a

antes del 17 de mayo.

Habrán bocadillos y bebidas. Estacionamiento disponible cerca.

Event Date:
Sunday, May 21, 2017 –




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La Voz de Los de Abajo, Witness for Peace, and the Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America invite you to hear from Gaspar Sanchez, the sexual diversity coordinator of COPINH (Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras), as he presents “Uniting to Resist Attacks on our Land and Identities: Building on the Queer Indigneous Framework in the Americas.”

COPINH was co-founded and led by beloved Indigenous leader Berta Caceres, who was assassinated in March 2016. Gaspar will speak about how the struggle for LGBTQ awareness and rights among Indigenous communities plays a vital role in both land defense and in the dismantling of patriarchal and militaristic structures.

Place: Citlalin Art Gallery Theater, 2005 S. Blue Island Ave., Chicago, IL  60608

Date and Time: Friday, October 27, 7:00 pm

Gaspar has served since 2014 on COPINH’s leadership team as the Coordinator of Sexual  Diversity & Rights Equality, which, for the first time in any Latin American indigenous organization, established a space dealing specifically with LGBTQ-related issues. Sánchez also hosts a radio program,

Los Colores de Wiphala

, that discusses human rights with an emphasis on the LGBTQ community. He conducts community trainings around the rights of indigenous peoples, territorial defense, protecting Mother Nature’s common goods threatened by extractivist projects, and legal accompaniment. In addition to supporting COPINH’s Tomás García Formation School, which builds leadership among the youth, Sánchez also serves as a spiritual guide for the Lenca people in their efforts to recuperate indigenous historical memory through processes of life, land defense, and ancestral spirituality. Finally, Sánchez has represented COPINH on the international stage in El Salvador, Guatemala, Cuba, Venezuela, Perú, México, the United States, and in several European countries.

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