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Take Action Now to Restore Funding for Immigrant Services

 Please make one phone call now to restore crucial funding for immigrant services across the state.  The Illinois Senate just passed a bill intended to restore programs eliminated on April 3 which include the Immigrant Services Line Item. At $6.67 million, the Immigrant Services Line Item (ISLI) within the Illinois Department of Human Services budget makes up less than .01% of the total state budget.  ISLI funds two major programs:

Chicago Police Accountability Takes a Huge Step Forward

For over 25 years, CRLN has fought the practices of torture, arbitrary detention, impunity, and systematic repression of civilian populations in Latin America.  When those practices exist in our own city, we cannot remain silent.  We are proud to stand together with groups who are working toward concrete achievements on police accountability and justice here in our own neighborhoods.

Protecting the TVPRA & Migrant Refugee Children

TX-Mexico children; Credit: LaPrensa-SanDiego.org
Last Monday the CRLN visited the offices of Senators Kirk and Durbin, as well as the offices of Representatives Bobby Rush, Luis Gutierrez, Mike Quigley, Danny Davis, Tammy Duckworth, Jan, Schakowsky, Robin Kelly, Randy Hultgren, Robert Dold, and Peter Roskam to address various of your policy concerns.

CRLN's DC Report Back & Urgent Action

CRLN and our amazing members & allies joined Ecumenical Advocacy Days this weekend where hundreds of organizers, religious leaders & activists from all over the country were building movement against mass incarceration. Then on Monday, April 21st, we took to the Hill to visit the offices of Senators Kirk & Durbin and Reps Danny Davis, Rush, Hultgren, Duckworth, Quigley, Dold, Kelly, Guiterrez, Roskam & Schakowsky.

 

One of the most urgent issues we discussed in our visits was Fast Track legislation for the TPP—it’s moving quickly in Congress & it’s crucial that your member of the House of Representatives hears from you now! Click to act now & make your call! We’ll be following up with our CRLN members to mobilize around all the issues below in the weeks to come!

We urged the Illinois delegation on immigration justice regarding:

  • Executive Action

  • Protecting the rights of unaccompanied minors

  • Ending the Immigration Bed Mandate and Stopping Deportations.

We urged the Illinois delegation Support on U.S. Foreign and Trade Policy regarding:

Call for “Accompaniers” to Serve One Month in Colombia

CRLN board-member Linda Eastwood is also coordinator of the Colombia Accompaniment Program which was requested by the Presbyterian Church of Colombia, & is run jointly by them &, in the US, the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship & the Presbyterian Church (USA). To date we have trained over 150 volunteers, over 100 of whom have served. The next training for volunteer accompaniers takes place May 21-25 at the Stony Point Center, Stony Point, NY 15 Can you give a month (sometime within the next year) to accompany our Colombian sisters & brothers in the midst of violence? Could you join us for training May 21-25?

Join the #FastTrackDOA & say No to the TPP!

Senator Hatch and Rep Ryan have officially introduced Fast Track legislation. 

Please call your Congress members now urging them to oppose Fast Track.  And please see below a list of the events happening in Chicago this weekend as part of the National Day of Action Against Fast Track.  

Fast Track would allow the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) & other pending trade deals to be rammed through Congress, circumventing ordinary review, amendment & debate procedures. 

To the right is a picture of the San Sebastian River in El Salvador after decades of gold mining taken during CRLN's recent delegation to El Salvador focused on grassroots resistance to mining. Commerce Group, the Wisconsin-based mining company that owned the mine, sued El Salvador for millions (though the lawsuit was later dropped) under CAFTA for refusing the company further mining permits. Stopping Fast Track is the single most important thing we can do to prevent corporate trade agreements that threaten to:

Tell World Bank Tribunal, "Side with the People of El Salvador"!

Many of you attended the 2012 CRLN Annual Luncheon at which Brother Domingo Solis shared with us the devastating effects of metallic mining on the water supply of El Salvador.  Those of you who were there will remember how little potable water exists in El Salvador and how mining activities were threatening to pollute much of the remaining sources of clean water. He also made us aware of mining companies which were suing El Salvador under the investor-state dispute section of the Central America Free Trade Agreement.

One of those lawsuits, brought by OceanaGold seeking $300 millionis from the government of El Salvador for denying them a mining permit on the basis of inadequate environmental protection plans, is now being heard in the World Bank's International Court for State-Investor Disputes (ICSID).  Change.org has a petition to the World Bank Tribunal, initiated by a member of the communitywhere the mine would like to locate, asking them to support the health and well-being of the people of El Salvador by ruling against OceanaGold.  Please click here to sign the petition:

CRLN Prepares for Meeting with Mayor Emanuel on Police Abuse

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El 24 de marzo, el 35 aniversario del asesinato del arzobispo Romero, nos unimos con Community Renewal Society, ONE Northside y el Jane Addams Senior Caucus para una acción "Die-In" en el Ayuntamiento. Tito Moreno, Martinelli Quintanilla, Mario Venegas, y la Reverenda Marilyn Pagan Banks hablaban en nombre de CRLN. Después de una hora de la presión y tres arrestos, representantes del alcalde se comprometieron arreglar una reunión con Rahm Emanuel, el 4 de abril.

Four Honduran students found dead after leaving demonstrations

  

For the last 12 days, high school students have taken to the streets to protest a decision by the Minister of Education to lengthen regular hours of the school day to 7 p.m.  Students say that the later hour would mean traveling home from school after dark.  This would put their safety at risk, because of the violence and lack of public security on Honduran streets at night.

 

In a macabre confirmation of student fears, four male high school students were found dead Tuesday night after attending the demonstration.  Wednesday morning, the body of a 13 year old girl, who had denounced to a TV interviewer President Juan Orlando Hernández’ inaction in the face of student protests, was found dead; she never made it home after her comments.

 

University students joined in the demonstrations in support of the high school students.  They also were protesting new requirements that those wanting to be teachers would now be required to enroll in expensive secondary schools or travel to the university in Tegucigalpa, putting a teaching career out of the reach of the majority of Hondurans.

 

 

Caravana 43 en Chicago / Caravana 43 in Chicago

Caravana 43 en Chicago / Caravana 43 in Chicago
Friday, April 3rd - Monday, April 6th

¡Ojo! 4 de lxs padres de lxs 43 estudiantes de Ayotzinapa van a estar en Chicago el fin de semana 3-6 de abril. Abajo y adjunto en el volante hay una lista de todos los eventos públicos para este fin de semana. ¡Espero verles en los eventos! Y si Ud. está interesadx en ser voluntarix para uno de los eventos, póngase en contacto con Celeste Larkin en clarkin@crln.org.

¡Ojo! 4 parents of the 43 disappeared students from Ayotzinapa will be in Chicago for the weekend of April 3rd-6th. Below is a list of all the public events with the parents during their time in Chicago. We hope to see you there and if you're interested in volunteering at one or more of these events, contact Celeste Larkin at clarkin@crln.org.

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