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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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Immigration Vigil at Federal Plaza This Wednesday

Please join the Chicago New Sanctuary Coalition and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights at a vigil for Immigration Reform. The vigil will begin at 8am and last all day, culminating in a massive children's march from 6-8pm. Your presence and prayers are needed throughout the day and especially in the evening hours. Senator Kirk has indicated he will not vote for the reform bill unless it includes even more funding for border security, even though numerous studies have shown that this would be wasteful, unnecessary, and...

Mining In Guatemala: "Life vs. Profit"

CRLN member and Chicago area activist Sidney Hollander reports back from his CRLN delegation to Guatemala this past January:

Sign reads: No to mining. No to the pollution of our natural, water, air and land resources. Sign reads: No to mining. No to the pollution of our natural, water, air and land resources. "Bangladesh.

Life is cheap compared to profit.

What does that have to do with...

Action Alert: Immigration Bill Senate Floor Debate

ACTION ALERT: Now is the time!

Call Your Senators EVERY DAY until Immigration Reform Passes!  

Call 1-866-940-2439  (or 202-224-3121) 

Feel free to use this sample script:

 

 

"I am from [City, State, Congregation], and as a person of faith, I urge the Senator to vote YES for the bipartisan immigration reform bill. I urge the Senator to protect the refugee and asylum provisions from negative amendments, and to support amendments that would reunite families, reform enforcement practices to be more humane, and make the path to citizenship more accessible."

NPR: Tell the Whole Story on Honduras!

Protest against charter cities proposal in Honduras. Banner reads: Model Cities: Expulsion of Garifuna People from Honduras. Photo G. Trucchi. Protest against charter cities proposal in Honduras. Banner reads: Model Cities: Expulsion of Garifuna People from Honduras. Photo G. Trucchi. On January 4th of this year, This American Life , a radio show produced by...

Celebrate Accompaniment on June 11!

Human Rights Accompaniment

Across the Americas

Celebrating the Past &

Providing for the Future

McCormick Theological Seminary

5460 S. University Avenue Chicago, IL 60615

June 11, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Join us for an evening of celebration, reflection, and dialogue on the...

Joliet Community Wins Battle Against Proposed Immigrant Prison

Victory against ICE's proposed private detention center in Joliet! Victory against ICE's proposed private detention center in Joliet! Yesterday the City of Joliet announced that the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) is withdrawing its plans to build a for-profit immigration detention center in that city. CRLN congratulates the Concerned Citizens of Joliet and ICIRR for this important victory which has nationwide ramifications in the...

Interfaith Prayer Day: Senator Kirk Remarks Immigration Reform "Has a Bright Future"

On Tuesday, May 28 The Chicago New Sanctuary Coalition brought together dozens of religious leaders and networks to pray and take action for immigration reform. Although we did not meet with Senator Kirk personally, a reporter was able to get through , and the Senator affirmed that he believes the comprehensive reform bill "has a bright future," his first public comment on the bill. While the...

URGENT ACTION! New Senate Letter on Honduras

CLICK HERE to send an email to Senators Kirk and Durbin to make sure they sign on this letter!

On Thursday, May 23, 2013, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) began circulating a "Dear Colleague" sign-on letter on Honduras in the Senate . The letter addresses ongoing human rights violations in Honduras, links of the Honduran national police chief to death squads, and continued impunity...

Ríos Montt Trial: Justice Delayed While the Struggle Continues

Indigenous Guatemalans at the trial of Ríos Montt Indigenous Guatemalans at the trial of Ríos Montt Take Action in this case! Sign the petition to protect those brave enough to speak out against genocide!

On Friday, May 10th in Guatemala, Judge Yazmin Barrios found former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt guilty of...

Internationl Delegation Monitors Water Contamination as a Result of Gold Mining in El Salvador

Passing around a vial of brownish, contaminated water from a river near a mine in El Salvador, Salvadoran Franciscan Br. Domingo Solis brought home his message that the international community should support the movement, coordinated by the National Working Group on Metal Mining (La Mesa), to permanently outlaw mining in the country .

"98% of El Salvador's available water is already contaminated enough that it is classified as non-...

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