CRLN Annual Gathering

CRLN has worked to end U.S. policies that harm the Cuban people for more than 20 years. This year our annual gathering included special guest Reverend Izett Samá Hernández from the Centro Memorial Martin Luther King (CMLK) in Havana, Cuba and Dr. Christina Perez from Dominican University. We were honored to welcome Rev. Izett to share how the CMLK works today to build participation in creating a dignified and abundant life for all people in the face of many challenges. The CMLK has been our partner in Cuba for more than 20 years hosting the CRLN delegations to Cuba to hear directly from Cubans about their reality. These experiences have strengthened our advocacy against harmful U.S. policies in Cuba. Dr. Perez reported on the effects of U.S. policies in Cuba she saw on her recent trip to Cuba and called for an end to these policies.

View Program Book here.

Read Rev. Izett Samá Hernández’s biography here.

Read Christina Perez’s biography here.

If you couldn’t make it, check out our Facebook for a full gallery photographed by one of our members, Dale Fast.

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Take Action

We took two actions together at the Gathering and you can join us if you haven’t already: #1 – we signed a petition to remove Cuba from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list.  You can learn more and sign at: #2 – we signed postcards and petitions urging new TPS designations for Central Americans.  You can learn more and sign at:

Live Music

Apart from our guest speakers, CRLN welcomed Ramón Marino, 🎸 singer, songwriter, guitarist, and visual artist from Mexico City 🇲🇽 who has lived in Chicago for 30+ years.

Read Ramón Marino’s biography here.


CRLN along with its members & allies celebrated the decades of accompaniment, advocacy, protest, and leadership of our honorees, Dan Dale & Margot Worfolk. Their work has strengthened CRLN’s ability to live out its mission.

Read Margot Worfolk’s biography here.

Read Dan Dale’s biography here.

Our Sponsors




Martha & Denis Pierce & Sidney Hollander & Kay Berkson


Sharon & Dan Hunter-Smith, Sisters of Charity, BVM, Carol Thompson, & Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants

Family Ties

Mary & Bob Naftzger


Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters, Dan Dale & Nancy Jones, & José Trinidad & Mary McCann Sanchez


Linda Eastwood, Linda & Norman Groetzinger, Kathleen Osberger, Frank Schneider, & Dick W. Simpson

Our Recognized Activists

MARTHA ESPERANZA SANCHEZ MCCANN, querida hija que se solidarizó con las y los migrantes en la frontera de Arizona y con su pueblo de Honduras. Recognized by José Trinidad & Mary McCann Sanchez.

ED OSOWSKI Recognized by Frank Schneider

BVM FOUNDRESS MARY FRANCES CLARKE: Compelled by the example and word of Mary Frances Clarke, in her sensitive response to critical human situations, the Sisters of Charity, BVM strive to seek out and attend to those in need whatever this may require of us. Recognized by Sisters of Charity, BVM

REMEMBERING JIM FELTZ who embodied international solidarity with the poor and gave his life to the people of Nicaragua Recognized by Dan Dale & Nancy Jones

REV. LUIS FERNANDO (FERCHO) SANMIGUEL CARDONA, pastor and indefatigable worker for human rights and peace in Colombia Recognized by Linda Eastwood

ARLENE RUBIN, DAN DALE AND MARGOT WORFOLK: They have been inspirations to us all and promoted the values CRLN stands for with great skill and commitment. Recognized by Mary & Bob Naftzger

DAN DALE & NANCY JONES Recognized by Linda Erf Swift


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