As Education Coordinator, Marilyn works on education and advocacy initiatives
to end the U.S. embargo of Cuba with members, board and staff. In addition, she provides technical support for education and advocacy in all other CRLN program areas.
Marilyn worked in commercial printing at Chicago’s Salsedo Press for 22 years
and is past president of the Chicago Cuba Coalition. From 1998 – 2001, Marilyn worked on humanitarian aid caravans and delegations to Cuba and Chiapas for IFCO/Pastors for Peace. She is currently a co-chair of the National Network on Cuba, a coalition of organizations working to end the U.S. embargo. Since her first trip in 1982, Marilyn has traveled to Latin America more than twenty times.
Claudia Lucero is a long-time community organizer in the Chicago area. She currently serves as Executive Director of the Chicago Religious Leadership Network, a faith-based organization that builds transnational partnerships to dismantle U.S. militarism, neoliberal economic policy, harmful immigration policies, and promotes economic sustainability, just relationships, and human dignity. Prior to that, she worked with the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) in the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) as Civic Engagement Coordinator, and at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) at the Latino Cultural Center. Claudia was one of the founders of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities, now Alianza America, and one of its first employees, working as a Regional Coordinator for the Midwest. She has also worked as the Leadership Program Coordinator for CONFEMEX – The Confederation of Mexican Federations. For the last 10 years, Claudia has been a member of Durango Unido en Chicago, a hometown association. She has also served as president of Durango Unido en Chicago and CONFEMEX. Claudia was born in Durango, Mexico and immigrated in 1990. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Latino/Latin American studies from UIC. In 2006 she received the Top 40 Award from the Red Eye – a publication of the Chicago Tribune newspaper, for being a prominent leader during the 2006 mega marches for immigrant rights.
Claudia Lucero ha sido una organizadora en Chicago por un largo tiempo. Actualmente, Claudia es la Directora Ejecutiva de La Red de Líderes Religiosos de Chicago para Latinoamérica, una organización basada en fe, que construye alianzas transnacionales para desmantelar las políticas dañinas de EE.UU. en temas de militarización, neoliberalismo, inmigración, y que promueve economías sostenibles, relaciones justas y la dignidad humana. Anteriormente trabajó en la Oficina de Estudios Latinos y Latinoamericanos (OLLAS) en la Universidad de Nebraska en Omaha (UNO) como Coordinadora de Participación Cívica y en la Universidad de Illinois en Chicago (UIC) en el Centro Cultural Latino. Claudia fue una de los fundadores de la Alianza Nacional de Comunidades Latinoamericanas y del Caribe, ahora Alianza América, y una de sus primeras empleadas, trabajando como Coordinadora Regional para el Medio Oeste. También ha trabajado como Coordinadora del Programa de Liderazgo de CONFEMEX – Confederación de Federaciones Mexicanas. Durante los últimos 10 años, Claudia ha sido miembro de Durango Unido en Chicago, una asociación de su ciudad natal. También ha sido presidenta de Durango Unido en Chicago y de CONFEMEX. Claudia nació en Durango, México y emigró a los Estados Unidos en 1990. Tiene una licenciatura en estudios Latinos / Latinoamericanos de la UIC. En el 2006 recibió el Premio Top 40 de Red Eye, una publicación del periódico Chicago Tribune, por ser una líder destacada durante las mega marchas del 2006 por los derechos de lxs inmigrantes.
Jhonathan F. Gómez (él/he/him) is the Latin America Program Coordinator. He is a human rights defender, documentary photographer-artist, educator, and father from Guatemala City. Jhonathan has worked with community and human rights organizations in Guatemala and the United States for over 15 years. Both his professional and personal work combine arts, multimedia and technology for the defense of human rights with a focus on immigrant and indigenous rights. He and his family moved back to Chicago in May of 2021 after living in Guatemala for 10 years. In Chicago, Jhonathan has worked as an arts youth educator and as a day laborer organizer with undocumented workers at the Latino Union of Chicago. In Guatemala, he worked as Communications and Technology Coordinator at the human rights observatory UDEFEGUA. Jhonathan has also worked and collaborated in Guatemala with human rights organizations like CALDH, GHRC and NISGUA. He was the recipient of the Voiceless Speak Grant awarded by the Guatemalan Human Rights Commission in the United States (GHRC) for his work in developing and promoting awareness of human rights violations in Guatemala through multimedia projects. In 2007 Jhonathan participated in the formation of the Chicago New Sanctuary Coalition and continued to collaborate with the CRLN network. In September of 2021 he joined the team and is delighted to be part of CRLN’s legacy work of solidarity.
De vez en cuando
camino al revés:
es mi modo de recordar.
Si caminara sólo hacia delante,
te podría contar
cómo es el olvido.
– Humberto Ak-Abal