Heads of denominations reveal joint declaration of resistance to mass deportations and gridlock in Congress on Immigration Reform, signed by over 100 faith groups and leaders.
Ministers, Rabbis, Sisters Religious, and religious leaders gathered and led and interfaith service on Sunday, October 20th, to unite in a commitment to resist a "cruel and broken" immigration system, and calling on Congress to break the gridlock on immigration reform. The interfaith service was held at Central Spanish Baptist Church in Chicago.
"We will resist ‘business as usual' while mass deportations continue and immigration reform efforts remain paralyzed in Congress," declared Pastor Lilian Amaya of Ministerio Hazel in Chicago. "Non-violent acts of civil disobedience, fasts, vigils, and offering sanctuary in our houses of worship are some of the ways we can honor God's call to justice and protection for the most vulnerable." Rabbi Laurence Edwards shared, "we have witnessed an immigration system which tears families apart...we renew our commitment to uphold our sacred traditions by resisting injustice."
With Mexico's Javier Sicilia
& Chicago's Walter Boyd
November 6th, 2013, 12:00PM-2:00PM
Old St. Pat’s Church, 700 W Adams
Volunteers also needed. Contact Celeste: email@example.com.
Groundswell: a broad deep undulation of the ocean caused by an often distant gale or seismic disturbance (as defined by Merriam Webster)
The word Groundswell refers to a deep and broad movement in resistance to the US-led War on Drugs, a movement catalyzed by a profound disturbance in our vision of dignity and justice. Resistance is happening in Colombia’s countryside, on the streets of Tegucigalpa, and in the communities of Chicago. People throughout the hemisphere are questioning and challenging the violence and misdirected use of war to achieve healthy, peaceful communities.
In memory of his 24-year-old son who was murdered in 2011 by drug traffickers in Mexico, Javier Sicilia created the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD) to urge an end to the drug violence that has left an estimated 70,000 people dead and 27,000 disappeared in Mexico over the past 8 years. The MPJD movement organized enormous caravans led by victims of violence who traveled through Mexico and the U.S. carrying a message of peace and resistance. The caravans addressed drug policies that must be reformed as a bi-national, U.S.-Mexico project; counted the costs of gun smuggling, money laundering and border militarization; and lamented the widespread violation of the human rights of migrants. Javier Sicilia is currently on tour through the U.S. and Canada with Global Exchange, talking about MPJD’s mission and connecting it with movements of resistance to racialized mass incarceration and the war on drugs in those countries.
Chicago New Sanctuary Coalition's Declaration of Repentance and Resistance has been signed by religious bodies, heads of judicatories, and faith leaders from throughout Chicagoland and beyond. You can read the text and endorse it here. To see the list of those who have already endorsed, download the attachment below.
For more information on how you can get involved, contact Rev. Sara Wohlleb or Marcela Hernandez at 773-293-3680; swohlleb[at]crln.org; mhernandez[at]crln.org.
On cool and sunny September 22, 54 bikers headed out to ride along the Chicago lakefront path and turned in $13,410 in pledges raised to support projects in Latin America. Our top fundraiser this year was Gary Cozette, followed by Bruce Hanson, Andy Carter, Bob Naftzger, Dan Hunter-Smith, Sidney Hollander, and Sheila Brady. Congratulations to everyone for your efforts!
Global Day of Action: Stand with Indigenous Land Rights Defenders in Honduras!
Thursday, October 10th
Call the Consulate: 773-342-8281 OR
Join the Rally: 4439 W Fullerton Ave. at 12:30 PM
October 10th is the international day of action in defense of our compañer@s! Stand with Berta Cáceres, Aureliano Molina and Tomás Gomez of the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH). The three Lenca indigenous leaders are facing a series of trumped up charges arising from the Lenca people's struggle against a foreign-built dam project that will drown their land and religious/cultural sites.
For over three months the community has non-violently blocked a road access to the construction site, insisting on their right to consultation and respect for their cultural and spiritual rights under Convention 169 of the International Labor Organization of the United Nations. The criminal charges are a transparent political attempt to criminalize COPINH, end resistance to the dam, and imprison three important indigenous leaders.
Take Action! October 10th, Day of Solidarity!
- Join CRLN and La Voz de Los de Abajo at the Honduran Consulate, 4439 W Fullerton Ave at 12:30 PM for a spirited rally in support of the Lenca people!
- Can't make it? Call the Consulate on October 10th in support of the action and the Lenca leaders!
o Sample Script: (773) 342-8281 "I'm calling in support of Berta Cáceres, Aureliano Molina & Tomás Gomez of the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH). The Lenca have the right to prior consultation, guaranteed by ILO Convention 169. Berta should not be jailed, as she and her community were exercising their legal right to resist the damn project, which they had never agreed to. Please urge Honduran authorities to guarantee her freedom."
On Monday, September 24, 2013, CRLN members and allies representing thousands of faithful across DuPage County came together for a press conference and vigil at St. Paul Lutheran Church to urge House Representatives to take immediate action on immigration reform with path to citizenship and for Representative Roskam to support a pathway to citizenship.
"This is an issue that is really rooted in our faith more than our political leanings," Rev. Melody Eastman, the senior pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wheaton, told fellow pastors and a staff member from Rep. Roskam's office.
The faith leaders gathered at St. Paul's for a press conference before caravanning to Rep. Roskam's West Chicago office.
Immigration reform efforts are stalled in the House of Representatives. Meanwhile, deportations continue at a record pace, with Obama on track to deport 400,000 people this year. We cannot be silent! CRLN is joining with millions of voices across the country for a series of actions in October--contact Sara or Marcela for information on any of the events: 773-293-3680. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com.
Saturday, October 5th - March for Faith, for Families, and the Next Generation. Organized by the Latino Empowerment Association of Pastors (LEAP) and Red de Oración (Prayer Network). Meet at Union Park (Lake and Ashland) beginning at 10am, march to Federal Plaza (Adams and Dearborn) starting at 12pm. Rally at Federal Plaza 1:30-2:30pm.
Saturday, October 5th- Caravan to Rep. Roskam's District. Organized by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR). Meet 9am at Union Park (Lake and Ashland) to caravan to Wheaton. If you would like to go directly to Wheaton, meet at 213 S. Wheaton Ave. (Casa DuPage) at 11am.
Sat., October 12th- March for an Immigration Reform with Dignity and Respect. LOCATION CHANGE: START AT TEAMSTER CITY (300 S. ASHLAND); END DALEY PLAZA (50 W. WASHINGTON)
October 20th- IWC Gathering: Interfaith Service and Press Conference for Immigration Reform. 3pm-4:30pm. Central Spanish Baptist Church (4401 W Irving Park Rd). 3pm-Reception, 3:30pm-4:30pm- Interfaith Service/Press Conference. 4:30- optional info session on Temporary Visitor's Driver Licenses. RSVP to www.crln.org/IWC_Fall13
La Voz de los de Abajo has worked in solidarity with campesino and indigenous organizations in Honduras for 15 years, initially in response to the devastation caused by natural disaster Hurricane Mitch. However, recurring military overthrows of the government constitute social disasters that have entrenched power in a small elite group and kept the majority of the population in poverty. The most recent coup, in June 2009, reversed land reform achievements negotiated with the administration of the deposed President, Manuel Zelaya, and began a flood of human rights abuses against the widespread non-violent resistance movement that has opposed the coup. This also requires solidarity. La Voz has led multiple delegations to Honduras to provide human rights accompaniment for those under threat.
La Voz will use this year's Pedal for Peace funds to support the National Center for Rural Workers (CNTC), an organization in Honduras representing thousands of farmworkers struggling for land and land reform. CNTC provides legal and organizational accompaniment to their affiliate small farming communities and also participates in the national organizational alliances that bring together all of the campesino groups who have opposed the 2009 coup.
CRLN invites YOU to ride on October 20th and collect pledges from friends, family, and businesses to support the CNTC. If you can't ride, you can send donations in support of a biker to CRLN, 4750 N. Sheridan Rd., Suite 429, Chicago, IL 60640. Make your check out to CRLN/8th Day Center for Justice. For more information and downloadable pledge forms, course map, and list of beneficiaries, click here.
CRLN is proud to support the work of partner organizations with funds we will raise through our annual bike-a-thon, Pedal for Peace, which will take place on Sunday, Sept. 22, 1:00 - 4:30. This week we focus on Chicago-Cinquera Sister Cities.
Chicago-Cinquera Sister Cities works in partnership with the mountainous Salvadoran municipality of Cinquera, specifically with the local non-governmental organization ARDM. ARDM, through community organizing in the seven rural communities that make up the municipality of Cinquera, runs a variety of programs from local seed banks and building up community-based local tourism to youth radio and historical memory efforts.
This year's Pedal for Peace funds will be sent to support ARDM's scholarship program. All too often, students from rural areas migrate to cities after graduation. The ARDM program provides scholarships in return for students' pledges to bring their new skills and creativity back to their home communities after graduation, strengthening the community's capacity to develop itself. Your funds will directly benefit their efforts.
CRLN invites YOU to ride on October 20th and collect pledges from friends, family, and businesses to support these students. If you can't ride, you can send donations in support of a biker to CRLN, 4750 N. Sheridan Rd., Suite 429, Chicago, IL 60640. Make your check out to CRLN/8th Day Center for Justice. For more information and downloadable pledge forms, course map, and list of beneficiaries, click here.
This week, CRLN joins millions of people around the world commemorating the 40th anniversary of Chile's U.S.-backed military coup, which led to 17 years of dictatorship and tens of thousands of opposition activists murdered, disappeared, tortured, exiled, and imprisoned. Time has healed some, but also brought profound determination for truth and justice. "As more time goes by, the truth of what happened and the full dimension of the violence becomes even clearer, and the country's institutions are forced to assume their responsibility."
Argentine-Chilean novelist, playwright, essayist, academic, and human rights activist Ariel Dorfman writes in the New York Times about how he survived the bombing of the presidential palace just by trading a shift with a colleague and friend. He also writes about the durable impacts of the coup that have spread throughout the globe: "The most lasting legacy of Chile's Sept. 11 were the economic policies implemented by Pinochet. My country became, in effect, a laboratory for a neoliberal experiment, a land of unrestrained greed where extreme denationalization of public resources and suppression of workers' rights were imposed on an unwilling populace. Many of these merciless policies were later deployed by leaders across the globe."