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Mission: 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.

 
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CRLN gratefully acknowldges the support of the following Foundations: Crossroads Fund, Helen Brach Foundation, Landau Family Foundation, Pierce Family Charitable Foundation and Woods Fund of Chicago. 

TRUST ACT Victory a Great First Step! Faith Communities Must Continue to Resist Criminalization

Action Alert: Gov. Rauner has until August 28 to sign the TRUST Act!

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Upcoming CRLN Fall Events!

CRLN Fall Events

September 10, 2017, 3pm: Meet Donaldo Zuniga

director of the COMAL network , an organization comprised of rural communities in Honduras 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 here for more information. RSVP to Sharon at the CRLN office, 773-293-2964, 773-293-3680, or shunter-smith@crln.org for location, public transportation and parking information.

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

30 th 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 here . To register as an individual or as part of a team, click here . Organizing together transnationally, we can cooperate in making healthcare, education, legal aid, and affordable housing available to more people.

Expanding Sanctuary to Include Art, Food and Justice!

May 2017 Human Rights Updates in Honduras

(Photo: OFRANEH, May25th; March of Indigenous and Black women in Tegucigalpa demanding a stop of the criminalization and prosecution of women human rights defenders and #JusticeforBertaCaceres )

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In March of 2017, Global Witness published a report that named Honduras as the most dangerous country in the world for human rights and environmental defenders. This caused commotion in the Honduran government and media, especially because of the involvement of government officials with transnational corporations and development projects. A few days later, two CRLN staff members and one board member traveled to Honduras in a La Voz de los de Abajo delegation. They joined many international visitors, organizations and other delegations in the country for commemoration events on the first anniversary of Berta Cáceres’ death. Our delegation saw and talked first hand with human rights defenders, leaders of indigenous communities, laborers, campesinxs, opposition members and students who explained the perils of defending their rights in Honduras. The following report reflects the demands and dangers described in the Global Witness Report and heard by our delegation in March from directedaffected communities. In Honduras, like in all of Latin America , being a environmental and human rights defender is a great danger. Read more here for May updates on human rights issues in Honduras.

TRUST Act Victory: Rauner Escucha! Estamos en la Lucha!

By Ivanna Salgado, CRLN Summer Intern

3 August 2017

On Tuesday, August 1st, a group of leaders from many immigrant rights organizations and faith communities in the Chicagoland area met at the Thompson Center to deliver postcards to Governor Bruce Rauner in support of the Illinois TRUST Act . All together 3,600 postcards were delivered. Our partners at Lake Street Church of Evanston, Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation, St. Nicholas Roman...

Dancing Without Borders!

Anna, a 20 year old from Guatemala, and her family, presented themselves at the Mexico-U.S. border at the end of last year, seeking political asylum. Border Patrol agents separated Anna from her family and are holding her at Eloy Detention Center in Arizona while the rest of her family was allowed to move to Chicago to await their asylum hearing. Anna's family is sponsored by the Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ and many other Immigrant Welcoming Congregations in the Chicagoland area. Their goal is to free Anna from detention on bond, allowing her join the entire...

Please Help Release Anna from Eloy Detention Center!

CRLN’s EAD “asks” Letters

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Make a Call for the Trust Act and Welcoming City Ordinance!

Let's make 50 calls to the Governor's Office this week in support of the TRUST Act!

#WelcomingIL

#ExpandSanctuary

Please record your calls here: http://bit.ly...

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