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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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Closing Guantanamo Bay: A Call For Executive Action

CHICAGO-- (Español abajo) Just twenty four hours before President Barack Obama was scheduled to take the stand to deliver his last ever State of the Union address, religious and nonreligious people alike gathered in cities across the nation (Chicago, Miami, DC, New York, and many more) to call for the final and immediate closure of Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp, a U.S. military prison located in Cuba containing people picked up in the early days of the “war on terror.” Many were captured in war-torn Iraq or Afghanistan, turned in by others after the U.S. offered cash rewards, raising major doubts about their actual participation as combatants. The detention center, now in its fourteenth year of business since the Bush Administration’s claim to end the “war on terror” in early 2002, still holds 93 prisoners, who have complained of being subjected to abuse and torture, which is against international law and always immoral.

Obama’s Parallel Brutality: TPP, Immigration Raids and the #SOTU

By Celeste Larkin Ramovic, CRLN’s Public Policy Coordinator, Organizer Against the TPP, clarkin@crln.org

(Clic para español aquí)

Last month, two days before many celebrated Christmas, the Washington Post published an article leaking the Obama Administration’s plan to start 2016 with immigration raids targeting Central American families who had previously been ordered deported. With these raids as the backdrop to last night’s speech, Obama also plugged the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal during his State of the Union address, urging lawmakers to pass it through Congress before he leaves office. The cruelty of these parallel efforts by the same administration is not lost on us here at CRLN.

CRLN and many other organizations in the field of human rights have been working to place in the center of public awareness and discussion the realities of undocumented immigrants, many of whom are some of the millions of people displaced after the passage of disastrous ...

Report on Honduras’ Current Human Rights Issues, Corruption and Violence

2015 has been a year of discouraging occurrences for the small Central American country of Honduras. Among the many hardships for the country’s eight million people, are major human rights violations, corruption by the current government, impunity, large scale violence and a severe economic crisis. The president Juan Orlando Hernandez refuses to accept a United Nations Commission Against Impunity to be called CICIH, similar to the CICIG in Guatemala which catalyzed the resignation of former Guatemalan president, Otto Perez Molina. Honduras is affected by corruption within government, elite families and private businesses. A business magnate family in the country was accused of money laundering and drug trafficking by the United States government, resulting in the closing of well-known businesses that left 11,000 people unemployed. Additionally, former Honduran president Rafael Leonardo Callejas who had been accused, tried and pardoned in seven cases of corruption during his term in the early 1990s, and who aspires to a second term of presidency for 2018, has been accused of corruption within the international soccer league FIFA . Honduras and its people are constantly being exploited by its own government, elite families and transnational corporations, which in the vast majority of cases, are backed up by the United States and other countries in the Global North.

Honduras Solidarity Network Statement on Continuing Human Rights Abuses

October 18, 2016

Assassination, Repression, Impunity Continue in Honduras

US is Satisfied and Certifies Human Rights Requirements for More Aid

The Honduras Solidarity Network in North America denounces the assassination today, only a few hours before this writing, of Jose Angel Flores, President of the campesino organization MUCA (Unified Campesino Movement of the Aguan) and Silmer Dionosio George, another MUCA leader. The campesino activists were killed by gunmen as they left a meeting of MUCA members. While we are still waiting for more information about the murders, we wish to emphasize that both men were...

Posición Abierta: Organizador/a de Inmigración

Organizador/a de Inmigración para la Red de Líderes Religiosos de Chicago para Latino América

La Red de Líderes Religiosos de Chicago Para Latinoamérica (CRLN) utiliza la educación, abogacía, acompañamiento, y acción para movilizar comunidades de fe y líderes para que trabajen para la justicia de inmigración y para construir Congregaciones y Comunidades de Bienvenida al Inmigrante. Nuestras “ Congregaciones de Bienvenida al Inmigrante” incluye ambas, congregaciones constituidas mayormente de inmigrantes y comunidades Estadounidenses. Nos asociamos con líderes de todas clases sociales,orígenes étnicos y religiosos.

Hemos...

Why we Support Action Urging Congressman Gutierrez to Fight for a Moratorium on Deportations

One week ago, five protestors including Maria Moreno, the 13 year old daughter of Jose Juan Moreno who is currently living in Sanctuary in a Chicago church, and a CRLN staff member, blocked incoming and outgoing traffic outside of Congressman Luis Gutierrez’s office. The action was led by Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD) and the West Suburban Action Project (PASO). The protestors were urging Congressman Gutierrez, whom Hillary Clinton recently appointed to the platform writing committee of the Democratic National Convention (DNC), to stop using harmful and divisive rhetoric that perpetuates the criminalization of immigrant communities and to focus his influence...

4 arrested -- Caceres family not notified

Family members of Berta Caceres found out May 2 only through the media that 4 arrests had been made in connection with her murder. While Honduran law gives victims of crimes the right to participate in investigations and to receive ongoing information as the investigation proceeds, Berta's relatives have been entirely shut out of the process, even to the extent of not receiving notification of the arrests from the Attorney General's office.

The family does not trust that the arrests made are the result of thorough evidence gathered and are concerned that there are no particular...

CRLN Immigration Riads Faith Leader Letter

**Copy of CRLN Faith Leader Letter to Director Ricard Wong Opposing ICE Immigration Raids. This letter, which demonstrates the faith community's unity against immigration raids, was delivered at a press conference outside the local Chicago ICE offices on Thursday, January 28th, 2016.

To: Ricardo Wong

Field Office Director

Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Ricardo.a.wong@ ice.dhs.gov

Dear Director Ricardo Wong,

As you are aware, on December 23rd, the Washington Post published an article that exposed plans by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to start 2016 with mass raids targeting Central American families who had...

MEDIA ADVISORY: Faith Leaders Condemn Immigration Raids, Ask for Relief instead

Media Contact:

Lissette Castillo,(312) 770-0350

lcastillo@crln.org

Local faith community condemns immigration raids, urges local ICE Director to desist from use of “inhumane” and “immoral” tactics against immigrant community

Will deliver an open letter to Director Ricardo Wong, containing over one hundred signatures from faith leaders of multiple faiths and denominations, stressing the role and responsibility of local office in providing “protection, not persecution.”

WHO: Local faith leaders, members of the Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America (CRLN) and its "Immigrant Welcoming Congregations," Red de Oracion, and other faith-based organizations

WHAT: Local faith community united in condemnation of immigration raids will deliver faith leader letter to Chicago ICE Field Director Ricardo Wong. The letter was signed by faith leaders across Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin, as well as several heads of denomination, who all call on Dr. Ricardo Wong to exercise his power of discretion to refrain from further implementation of immigration raids in areas falling under his jurisdiction. Faith leaders will also urge larger faith community to take steps to inform immigrants of their rights and to continue to organize against raids and indiscriminate detention and deportations.

WHEN: Thursday, January 28 at 10 AM, Chicago ICE Office (101 W. Congress)

WHY: Just two days before Christmas, the Washington Post published a story detailing plans by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to start 2016 with mass, nationally coordinated, immigration raids. On January 2nd, local Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) began moving forward with these plans. Since then multiple raids across the country, including some in Illinois, have resulted in the detention of at least 121 immigrants.

Solidarity Over Vilification

Presidential debate season is upon us. And it’s ugly. Violent, in fact. In the past several months, unless you’ve been blissfully disconnected from mainstream media and U.S. politics, you’ve probably heard some deeply xenophobic and racist comments coming from some Presidential candidates, then recycled time and time again through mainstream media. Whether or not we take said candidates seriously, we must acknowledge the implications of their public speeches and glean lessons for the ongoing work we’ve dedicated ourselves to.

CRLN stands in solidarity with those refugees, many of whom are Muslim, who are simultaneously fleeing from and blamed for U.S. funded wars in the Middle East. We express our solidarity with those continuing to organize around the important issues of refugee resettlement, who are combatting Islamophobia and White Supremacy by exposing exploitative political lies and spreading truth about communities in need of compassion. The CRLN also stands with Black and immigrant communities and women who have similarly been the victims of divisive and violent rhetoric and state violence. CRLN works on this solidarity by continuing to support folks fleeing U.S.-sponsored, low-grade warfare, legacies of genocide, and economic violence throughout Latin America who are then subjected to xenophobia, racism and sometimes even detention and deportation here in our country.

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