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Join the Chicago Welcome for Friendshipment Caravan Challenging the U.S. Blockade of Cuba

Welcome the US-Cuba Friendshipment Caravan to Chicago Friday June 26th at University Church at 5655 S. University Ave. Chicago, IL 60637.

5pm – 6pm Reception (with snacks), 6pm – 7:30 pm Program with Q&A.

While we have seen important steps to reestablish diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba, many of the U.S. travel restrictions and the economic blockade of Cuba remain in place. Learn why Pastors for Peace has vowed to continue their civil disobedience caravans until these restrictions are ended. Professor Linda Eastwood will share how faith communities in the US and Cuba are working for policies that benefit the people of Cuba and the U.S. A donation will be collected to support the Friendshipment. Chicago is one of the more than 100 cities holding events to welcome this year’s Caravan. For more information on the Caravan see http://ifconews.org

For more than twenty years, Pastors for Peace has organized Friendshipment Caravans of people from around the U.S. (and the world) to travel to Cuba — without a license — and bring material aid to the Cuban people in an act of civil disobedience against the immoral U.S. blockade. The US blockade of Cuba causes shortages of food, medicine and other important supplies for eleven million people. It is a policy that uses hunger and disease as political weapons.

A TVPRA Campaign Update

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Thank you for signing our petition to Senator Mark Kirk, asking him to protect migrant children refugees fleeing violence and poverty. We’re happy to report that on May 28 we had a productive meeting with Sen. Mark Kirk’s office on the importance of protecting children and maintaining the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA).

A little more than a week since launching...

June 13th! Tribute to Gary Cozette and Adelante CRLN!

Date: Saturday, June 13, 2015 Time: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Location: Cristo Rey High School Cafeteria, 1852 W. 22nd Pl., Chicago, IL 60608 Admission: To purchase tickets, click on the following link: https://eventbrite.com/event/16820835572/

CRLN's founder and long-time program director Gary Cozette - while he will always remain committed to social...

Rep. Mike Quigley: Needs to hear #NoFastTrack from YOU!

Last week, CRLN, the Illinois Fair Trade Coalition, Communication Workers of America, The People’s Lobby, IIRON, Food and Water Watch, Steelworkers, and dozens of allies went to Congressman Mike Quigley’s office to give him one last chance to repent from his immoral stance on trade and to listen to the overwhelming opinion of 5th district constituents urging him to vote ‘No’ on Fast Track legislation and to meet with the groups outside his office. ( Check out our Facebook feed for pictures! ) We even delivered a letter (attached) from 17 pastors from the 5th district urging him to keep his faith and oppose Fast Track. HE DIDN'T LISTEN.

Fast Track legislation would allow corporate lobbyists nearly complete oversight of the text of the TPP & other trade agreements, with little to no input from democratically elected members of Congress. The bill could be voted on as early as Tuesday, June 9th! Rep. Mike Quigley is the last target in Illinois still supporting Fast Track for the TPP & other free trade disasters. Call to voice your opposition!

202-225-4062: "I’m calling to urge Rep. Quigley to vote ‘No’ to Fast Tracking corporate trade agreements through Congress. Fast Track would take away Congress’ power to ensure that our trade agreements have ENFORCEABLE mechanisms to protect workers, human rights, and the environment worldwide. Can Rep. Quigley talk with the civil society groups that were outside his office on Thursday, May 28th before voting on Fast Track?"

Afro-Colombians in Chicago! / ¡Afro-Colombianxs en Chicago!

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On Friday, May 22, four Afro-Colombian leaders flew into Chicago and for a weekend full of powerful conversation, exchange and calls for solidarity. The speakers came to share their stories and struggles of exclusion from Colombia’s ongoing peace process, forced displacement, and the disproportionate violence against African descendant communities whose ancestral territories are sought after for natural resource exploitation.

Chicago hosted the following Afro-Colombian leaders:

Richard Moreno —from the inter-ethnic Solidarity...

Take Action to End U.S. Restrictions on Travel & Trade with Cuba!

On April 21 st a CRLN delegation met with Senator Kirk to ask him to sign on to two bills to end restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba. Today we need your help to contact Senator Kirk to urge him to sign on to these bills.

S299 - Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act will end the U.S. ban on travel permanently. This is important because the recent easing of some travel restrictions could be changed by the next...

Protect Migrant Refugee Children, Protect the TVPRA!

Since 2013, the Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America (CRLN) has been one of the organizations supporting the Unaccompanied Children’s Interfaith Ministry of Chicago. Through this work, we have witnessed the children’s stories, prayers, and dreams. Our Immigrant Welcoming Congregations and our individual members have been touched by the stories of unaccompanied children. Today, we’re excited to announce our...

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...


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