Welcome to the homepage of the Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America (CRLN).

Mission: The Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America (CRLN)  builds partnerships among social movements and organized communities within and between the U.S. and Latin America. We work together through popular education, grassroots organizing, public policy advocacy, and direct action to dismantle U.S. militarism, neoliberal economic and immigration policy, and other forms of state and institutional violence.We are united by our liberating faiths and inspired by the power of people to organize and to find allies to work for sustainable economies, just relationships and human dignity.  

Misión en español: La Red de Líderes Religiosos de Chicago para Latinoamérica (CRLN) construye alianzas entre movimientos sociales y comunidades organizadas en EE.UU. y entre los pueblos de las Américas. Trabajamos juntos por medio de la educación popular, la organización de base comunitaria, la promoción de políticas públicas, y la demostración no violenta pero energética para desmilitarizar nuestras sociedades, crear alternativas a la economía neoliberal y desmantelar la política de inmigración de EE.UU, y otras formas de violencia institucional y de Estado. Estamos unidxs por nuestras fes liberadoras e inspiradxs por el poder de la gente para organizar y encontrar aliadxs para trabajar por economías sostenibles, relaciones justas y la dignidad humana.

 
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Policy Alert: #ExpandSanctuary in the City of Chicago

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CRLN continues to fight for meaningful and ongoing practices of sanctuary at all levels, from our congregations and neighborhoods to schools and city government. Taking the lead from BYP100 and Mijente nationally, we are working with other Black, Latinx, and im/migrant community organizations in Chicago to expand sanctuary .

Together, we call for real sanctuary that provides protections for ALL communities directly impacted by attacks under the current administration. While Chicago is publicly a “sanctuary city,” we believe that the current Welcoming Cities Ordinance does not go far enough to provide sanctuary for all residents. Chicago has a history of over-policing, racial profiling, and criminalization, which has led to Chicago residents being put in deportation proceedings and in the prison system, even when the police do not directly cooperate with ICE.

January UPDATES FROM HONDURAS

Given Honduras’ human rights situation, CRLN will provide for its members a monthly update on human right issues afflicting the country.

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MLK Day Call to Action & Celebration Report Back

(Español aquí) On January 15th, CRLN joined SOUL, A Just Harvest, Faith in Place, Fight for 15, Women Gathering for Justice, and the Workers Center for Racial Justice for a celebration and call to action to honor Martin Luther King Jr’s life and legacy of direct action to build social change.

A community of faith and conscience filled the space at the Willye B. White Fieldhouse in Rogers Park.

Read more on a report back for the event.

NATIONAL SANCTUARY MOVEMENT DECRIES PRESIDENT TRUMP’S IMMIGRATION EXECUTIVE ORDERS AND STANDS READY TO RESIST

The Sanctuary Movement is growing stronger everyday, with more than 800 congregations strongly committed to protecting our immigrant siblings, brothers and sisters and standing with them during these trying times. Following President Trump’s announcement today aiming to curb Sanctuary Cities, turn away asylum seekers, order the construction of a border wall, and increase harmful enforcement policies, we continue to resist! CRLN & The National Sanctuary movement reaffirm their unwavering support for local jurisdictions with limited detainer policies and continued commitment to protect immigrants and refugees by opening their congregations to those being targeted by Trump’s racist and carceral policies. #not1more

Photo: United We Dream

2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration & Call to Action

When: Sunday, January 15 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: Willye B. White Park Fieldhouse, 1610 W. Howard Street, Chicago, IL 60626

At the event, 500 people from Chicago and the Chicago-land Area will come together to discuss the important issues facing the community and call on elected officials to make commitments to address those issues. Issues on the agenda include Police Accountability, Living Wages, Immigration Rights, Religious Freedom, and Human Rights for ALL....

Continue resistance to U.S-funded Militarization in Honduras in 2017!

For information on an upcoming delegation to Honduras see here: event/hondurasdelegation2017

(Español aquí) Honduras is the most dangerous country in the world in which to be an environmental activist and one of the most dangerous to be a journalist, union member, or member of a social movement opposed to the current Honduran administration’s policies. Members of the military and police have been implicated in violence against, including assassinations, of members of these groups. 97% of crimes committed in Honduras are left unsolved, with no consequences for the perpetrators.

In this context, we thank you for your signatures supporting the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act (H.R. 5474). They helped CRLN convince 7 out of 10 Democratic Illinois U.S. Representatives to co-sponsor this important legislation introduced by Rep. Hank Johnson. By the end of 2016, the bill, which would suspend U.S. security aid to Honduras pending compliance with international human rights standards, garnered a total of 52 co-sponsors nationwide.

Sanctuary FAQs

SANCTUARY FAQs

( Español aquí) As people of faith and people of conscience, we must pledge to take the lead of directly-impacted communities engaged in transformative work. This includes opening up our congregations and communities for sanctuary. We must pledge to fight with ALL our siblings, brothers, and sisters in the ongoing struggle to dismantle U.S. militarism, neoliberal economic and xenophobic immigration policy, and other forms of state and institutional violence. We are united by our liberating faiths and inspired by the power of people to organize and to find allies to work for sustainable economies, just relationships and human dignity.

Please see and download the attached pamplet for more information and answers on sanctuary.

200 Holiday Cards for Sen. Durbin: "Suspend Security Aid to Honduras"

( Español aquí ) On Friday morning, December 16 th , CRLN, La Voz de Los de Abajo, and several other Chicago partners delivered over 200 holiday post cards signed by Illinois residents to Senator Durbin’s Federal Plaza office urging him to place an immediate hold on all military and police aid to Honduras pending compliance with international human rights standards.

CRLN members and many friends stepped up to sign letters to Senator Durbin, a high ranking Senate Appropriator and the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Defense, who has the power to suspend security aid to Honduras given the grave and consistent state-sponsored human rights violations in that country. Our folks met briefly with Senator Durbin’s staff who expressed concern with the situation and who ensured us that they would give the Senator our message. At this time, they were unable to give us a definitive answer about withholding security aid. We will continue pressuring Senator Durbin into 2017 and we expect to work hard to win support from Senator-elect Duckworth as well.

Celeste—CRLN's Public Policy Coordinator—Departs with Gratitude & Determination (Español abajo)

Español abajo (Photo: CRLN staff and OCAD members at CRLN Luncheon, Celeste far right) Reflection by Celeste Larkin, CRLN Public Policy Coordinator, Aug 2012 - Dec 2016: The past four and a half years at CRLN have given me a profound and humbling time of learning, fighting, and advocating alongside a beautiful community that envisions a world where human rights are valued over profit—and, for this, I’m deeply grateful. I’ll be leaving CRLN by the end of this month and will take with me that vision and all that I’ve learned from CRLN staff, board, members, and—most importantly—undocumented people and organizers in Latin America who are fighting for their rights, their lives, and their lands.

As many people can imagine, working at CRLN is more than just having a job. CRLN gives people the chance to take risks and interrupt state violence in the service of transnational solidarity and migrants’ rights. I’ve been able to participate in international delegations wherein committed people from my town learn from and build relationships with organizers in other countries. I’ve helped coordinate speaker tours so that Latin American leaders come to Chicago to share their struggles and connect with people entrenched in parallel struggle here in the U.S. I’ve been able to work with CRLN members to hold our elected officials accountable and speak truth to power, making demands that support CRLN’s vision for world where imperialism & roots of forced migration can be named, checked, and—in the long haul—abolished.

Ecumenical Tribute to Fidel (Audio in Spanish only)

English translation of: http://www.radiorebelde.cu/noticia/tributo-ecumenico-fidel-audio-20161202/

Ecumenical Tribute to Fidel (Audio in Spanish only)

A moving ecumenical tribute for Commander Fidel Castro took place in the temple of the First Reformed Presbyterian Church in Havana. With the lyrics and music of Raúl Torres' most recent song "Riding with Fidel", the procession entered with a light, the Christian flag, the Bible and the banner of the solitary star...

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