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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CRLN gratefully acknowldges the support of the following Foundations: Crossroads Fund, Helen Brach Foundation, Landau Family Foundation, Pierce Family Charitable Foundation and Woods Fund of Chicago. 

Community Discussion on 9/27: "Sanctuary from Below" in Chicago!

Pedal for Peace on September 23!

Sign up now to ride in CRLN's 30th Anniversary Pedal for Peace Bike-a-thon on Saturday, September 23, 1-5pm! This is a great way to make a difference in the lives of people in Latin America and right here in Chicago! Last year we raised $20,000 to support scholarships in Guatemala and El Salvador, health promoter trainings in rural Colombia, legal aid for campesinos seeking land tenure in Honduras, organizing costs for deportation defense and tenants rights' campaigns in Chicago. With your help, we can raise even more this year. Please invite your friends to participate!

There are 2 changes this year:

Resisting Criminalization: Launching the Campaign to End the Gang Database & #Faith4DACA in DC!

Travel with CRLN to the border, November 10-12!

CRLN Statement on DACA Rescission: "President Trump Moved By Racism & Xenophobia"

It is a shame that President Trump was moved by racism and xenophobia to put an end to the DACA Program, leaving 800,000 young people and their communities in uncertainty. Those DACAmented individuals contribute in ways that go without saying to our beloved community. We are in solidarity with our DACA siblings and we will continue to fight with them for meaningful access to justice and opportunities to obtain legal status and legal protection for immigrants. We will continue to call attention to the connections between the attacks on DACA, local ICE abuses, and the overall picture of how much money Congress appropriates to the detention and deportations machine .”

TRUST ACT Victory a Great First Step! Faith Communities Must Continue to Resist Criminalization

Action Alert: Gov. Rauner has until August 28 to sign the TRUST Act!

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Upcoming CRLN Fall Events!

CRLN Fall Events

September 10, 2017, 3pm: Meet Donaldo Zuniga

director of the COMAL network , an organization comprised of rural communities in Honduras that work to promote fair and sustainable agriculture and marketing. Donaldo is in Chicago to discuss social movements, economic solidarity, food sovereignty and human rights. Click here for more information. RSVP to Sharon at the CRLN office, 773-293-2964, 773-293-3680, or shunter-smith@crln.org for location, public transportation and parking information.

September 23, 2017, 1-5pm: Pedal for Peace

30 th annual bike-a-thon to raise funds for health, education, legal aid, and community organizing efforts in Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Chicago. For more information, click here . To register as an individual or as part of a team, click here . Organizing together transnationally, we can cooperate in making healthcare, education, legal aid, and affordable housing available to more people.

Expanding Sanctuary to Include Art, Food and Justice!

May 2017 Human Rights Updates in Honduras

(Photo: OFRANEH, May25th; March of Indigenous and Black women in Tegucigalpa demanding a stop of the criminalization and prosecution of women human rights defenders and #JusticeforBertaCaceres )

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In March of 2017, Global Witness published a report that named Honduras as the most dangerous country in the world for human rights and environmental defenders. This caused commotion in the Honduran government and media, especially because of the involvement of government officials with transnational corporations and development projects. A few days later, two CRLN staff members and one board member traveled to Honduras in a La Voz de los de Abajo delegation. They joined many international visitors, organizations and other delegations in the country for commemoration events on the first anniversary of Berta Cáceres’ death. Our delegation saw and talked first hand with human rights defenders, leaders of indigenous communities, laborers, campesinxs, opposition members and students who explained the perils of defending their rights in Honduras. The following report reflects the demands and dangers described in the Global Witness Report and heard by our delegation in March from directedaffected communities. In Honduras, like in all of Latin America , being a environmental and human rights defender is a great danger. Read more here for May updates on human rights issues in Honduras.

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