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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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Sign petition to protect Afro-Colombian, indigenous, and human rights groups in Colombia!

AFRODES, the Association for Internally Displaced Afro-Colombians, has initiated a petition to the U.S. Ambassodor to Colombia after the murder of Miller Angulo, one of their members, on December 1, 2012. The murder followed a death threat from the paramilitary group Black Eagles in November targeting not only AFRODES, but also Afro-Colombian community councils, women, internally displaced persons, and grassroots organizations. Francia Marquez, who spoke in Chicago in November, is a member of one of the groups named.

The petition asks the Ambassador to issue a public statement condemning the murders and death threats against human rights defenders and stating the U.S.'s full...

Come bowl with CRLN at the annual Chicago-Cinquera Sister Cities Bowl-a-rama!

Save the date below for a fun event that will beat your late winter blues and support a worthy organization. Join a team of CRLN bowlers, or organize your own team, and help raise funds for Cinquera, El Salvador.

Chicago-Cinquera Sister Cities organizes the event, and money raised will go to ARDM, a progressive community organizing group in Cinquera that has initiated many beneficial local projects. Past projects include reforestation efforts, a youth radio station and college scholarship funds. This year, funds will go to...

Temporary Visitor Driver's Licenses for Immigrants Bill Passes in House of Representatives!

SB597 Passes the Illinois House of Representatives, by a 65-46 vote! We celebrate this victory that will positively change the lives of many immigrant families in Illinois. The legislation now goes to Governor Quinn, who has pledge to sign the bill into law. Once it is signed, the legislation will go into effect in 10 months.

Thank you to all of you who made calls, organized your congregation, organized in-district meetings, collected petitions and went to Springfield to lobby.


Immigration/Deportation Conference at McCormick Theological Seminary

Immigration Reform for Families Immigration Reform for Families McCormick Theological Seminary's Center for the Study of Latin@ Theology and Ministry presents " ...

2012 CRLN Luncheon Message: Sign the Petition to End Metal 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-potable. The people rely on the remaining 2% for clean water to drink...

Go with CRLN to Guatemala in January!

Experienced delegation leader and CRLN board member Martha Pierce will lead a delegation to Guatemala in January 2013 focused on the theme, "Human Rights, Mining & Migration: The Ongoing Struggle of the Guatemalan People." This will be a very special journey, as participants engage in the following ways of meeting their Guatemalan sisters and brothers:

Awareness: we will visit DESGUA, an organization that helps individuals who have been deported back to Guatemala from...

CRLN Luncheon Speaker Bro. Domingo Solis on CAN-TV!

Did you miss CRLN's 2012 Luncheon this past November? Were you hoping to hear the powerful message of Brother Domingo Solis another time?

Well, CRLN is happy to announce that you can tune in to CANTV on the following dates and channels and watch or relive the message.

Sunday, December 23rd, 2:00 PM, Channel 21 Wednesday, December 26th, 9:30 AM, Channel 19 Thursday, December 27th, 1:30 PM, Channel 21

You can also find details about...

Vatican Expells Fr. Roy Bourgeois from Priesthood

Padre Melo, Fr. Roy, and Andriana Padre Melo, Fr. Roy, and Andriana

CRLN sadly informs you that on Monday, November 19, 2102 - the day after the solemn funeral procession at Ft. Benning remembering the 10s of thousands of victims murdered by SOA trained soldiers.- the Vatican officially excommunicated and dismissed SOA Watch leader Fr. Roy Bourgeois as a Maryknoll priest due to his public support for the ordination of women in the Roman...

CRLN Represents at SOA Vigil 2012

CRLN Protesters at 2012 SOA Vigil CRLN Protesters at 2012 SOA Vigil A group of 15 CRLN members and friends joined together to make their trip to Ft. Benning, Georgia to once again call for the closing of the U.S. Army School of the Americas (SOA), now called WHINSEC, a military counterinsurgency training center for soldiers from Latin America operated by the Pentagon. SOA/WHINSEC graduates have returned to their countries where they have systematically perpetrated countless...

Election Day Marks Beginning of a New Call for Justice and Mercy for Immigrants

CRLN and The Chicago New Sanctuary Coalition would like to thank all of our members and allies who worked tirelessly to register voters and make sure they had access to the polls. As the results come in, it's clear that those who value justice and mercy for immigrants were making their votes count: in Chicago, in the suburbs, and all around the country. One of the main lessons from this election is that our demographic is too large to ignore. And we are growing!



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