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End Immigrant Detention!

This week the New York Times Editorial Board called for an end to all immigrant detention: “Detention is intended to help enforce the law, but, in practice, the system breeds cruelty and harm, and squanders taxpayer money. It denies its victims due process of law, punishing them far beyond the scale of any offense. It shatters families and traumatizes children. As a system of mass incarceration — particularly of women and children fleeing persecution in Central America — it is immoral.”

The #Not One More...

Days of Prayer & Action/Días de Oración y Acción for Colombia 2015

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The Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America and our Chicago partners made a visit to Senator Durbin's office on Monday, May 18 th in celebration of the international Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia. This year’s theme was “ Tomorrow’s Peace Starts Today ”. We delivered a "SHALOM" banner, courtesy of the 8 th Day Center for Justice, and we discussed calls for the U.S. government to shift billions in military aid to help implement the Peace Process in Colombia.....

La Red de Líderes Religiosos para América Latina y nuestrxs compañerxs visitamos a la oficina del Senador Durbin este lunes pasado, 18 de mayo para celebrar los Días de Oración y Acción por la Paz en Colombia. El tema de la celebración internacional este año fue “ La Paz de Mañana Empieza Hoy ”. Llevamos un cartel de “SHALOM”, hecho por nuestxs amigxs en el Centro de Justicia 8º Día, y exigimos que el gobierno estadounidense cambia su apoyo militar para empezar la implementación de Proceso de Paz en Colombia.....

El Pueblo Canta Concert: A Resounding Success!

Thank you to everyone who volunteered, attended, and supported El Pueblo Canta 2015. It was our most successful year yet! Over $7500 was raised, which will sustain the immigrant rights work of the three sponsoring organizations: CRLN, Centro Romero, and Wellington Ave. United Church of Christ. Participants feasted on pupusas, tamales, mole, and other traditional foods. The Centro Romero children’s choir made a stellar performance, and then all kids joined in playing games while parents relaxed, sang, and danced along to the cumbia fusion, American folk, and other...

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:

  • The Immigrant Family Resource Program provides information and assistance to families
  • ...

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.

CRLN congratulates Chicago Torture – Justice Memorials and the many other groups on reaching an...

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. The issue of the unaccompanied minors was among the concerns brought up by the CRLN delegation. Although it is true that the fewer unaccompanied minors and migrant families will be seeking refuge at our...

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:

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