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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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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. 

Peace Accords Ratified in Colombia While Black Women Gather to Build Transnational Vison

Español aquí (Photo Credit: Stand for Land Rights in Colombia) After years of negotiations, dozens of Afro- and Indigenous-led mobilizations, and a dramatic and narrow ‘No’ plebiscite vote in October, Colombia’s Congress officially ratified the second version of the peace accord between the Colombian state and the FARC guerillas. While this is not the last step for full implementation, it is an advancement for Peace in Colombia. On Friday, November 18th, CRLN’s Colombian partners at Justicia y Paz spent the evening explaining the history of the armed conflict and the opportunities for human rights defense in the second version of the peace accords.

(Photo: Justicia y Paz with Chicago group in conversation about the status of peace in Colombia and the work ahead) Among the most important updates is that the Ethnic Chapter has remained intact in this second version of the accords. CRLN took part in defending and promoting the Ethnic Chapter in an international effort led by African descendant and Indigenous organizers in Colombia. Additionally, the final version of the accords still includes the “ Special Peace Jurisdiction ,” albeit a weakened version, wherein war crimes and crimes against humanity perpetrated during the conflict can be tried.

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#NoTPP Chicago: 11/17 Mobilization on Mike Quigley (Español abajo)

(Español abajo) UPDATE: This Thursday, CRLN will join with our partners outside the office of Rep Mike Quigley to continue to oppose the TPP and other toxic trade deals that displace and endanger people the world over and that threaten the planet and our democracy. We will come together not just because the TPP is dead this year, but because now is the time to put forward our vision for transnational workers' and environmental rights. We will demand that Rep. Quigley commit to vote with the people on toxic trade deals and oppose global privatization of essential resources & services. #NoTPP See you Thursday!

OJO: Este jueves, CRLN se juntará con nuestrxs compañerxs en frente de la oficina de Rep. Mike Quigley para seguir luchando en contra el TPP y otros tratados de libre comercio tóxicos que desplazan y ponen en riesgo gente de todo el mundo y que amenazan nuestro planeta y democracia. Nos juntaremos no sólo porque ya se murió el TPP este año, sino también porque ahora es el momento para proponer nuestra visión para los derechos transnacionales de lxs trabajadores y del ambiente. Exigiremos que Rep. Quigley comprometa a votar con el pueblo en el asunto de los TLCs tóxicos y a oponerse a la privatización global de los recursos y servicios esenciales. #NoTPP Nos vemos el jueves!


We have each other’s backs / Tenemos el respaldo de uno para el otro

(Español abajo) As a new national administration will come into office in January, we are entering into what seems to many of us a very dangerous time in the life of this country. However, the reality is that for our undocumented sisters, brothers, and siblings, this is nothing new. For our partners in Latin America, this struggle is familiar. CRLN is committed to continuing this struggle alongside these directly affected leaders against imperialism, against xenophobic immigration policies , against militarism and deportations, against neoliberal free trade agreements that fail to provide options for working people the world over. We will continue to struggle with our partners for peace , human rights, economic justice, migrant rights, and environmental rights.

While we may feel overwhelmed by the political changes that are undoubtedly to come, we also honor, lift up, and take direction from the other side of the story. The side where human rights defenders throughout the hemisphere have been bravely and tirelessly fighting back against escalations in state violence and militarization. The side where immigrants have been fighting for their rights, for a better world for their families and for us all. At CRLN, we’ve spent decades building faithful, community-based support and solidarity for immigrants, for human rights defenders internationally, and for each other. We’ll continue building this support, organizing out of love and solidarity so that we have each other’s backs even when the systems around us fail to do so. ¡La lucha sigue!

#StopTheCaging #NoMoreDeaths Vigil at Broadview Detention Center (Español abajo)

(Our offering/ofrenda and banner at the vigil / Nuestra ofrenda y pancarta en la vigilia)

(Español abajo) On Tuesday, November 1st, CRLN and various immigrant welcoming congregations came together for the Detention Watch Network’s Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos National Week of Action. Since 2003, 164 people have died in immigrant detention,...

Constructing Peace in Colombia: A Discussion on the Colombian Peace Process

Please join us for a bilingual (Spanish/English) dialogue with human rights workers from the for a conversation on the current peace process in Colombia.


Fr. Jesús Alberto Franco Giraldo, Comisión Intereclesial de Justicia y Paz

Mtro. Albilio Peña Buendia, Comisión Intereclesial de Justicia y Paz


Stephen Haymes, Ph.D., DePaul Unverisity,

Member of the International Ethics Commission of Justicia y Paz

Register now for CRLN's Annual Luncheon on November 9th!

Stopping Deportations: Undocumented-Led Movements for Justice

Speakers: Reyna Wences and Berenice Alonzo , Organized Communities Against Deportations

November 9, 2016, 12:00 noon – 2:00pm

Old St. Patrick’s Church Hall, 700 W. Adams St. Chicago, IL 60661

(Español Abajo) At the 2016 Annual Luncheon, CRLN will honor one of our local partners, Organized Communities Against Deportations, who lead local efforts to stop deportations that impact national strategies. Come learn about what you and your community can do to build this movement for immigrant justice to say, “Not 1 more deportation!”

Resist U.S.-funded Militarization in Honduras TODAY (Español abajo)

(Español abajo) This week will mark eight months without justice in the assassination of Berta Cáceres. Her murder in March of this year was an escalation against Honduran social movement leaders in an already violent environment rampant with impunity. Meanwhile, Honduran social movements continue at great risk to resist the militarization of their communities with U.S. security aid. There have been...

Support the Historic Black Women's Gathering in Colombia!

( Español aquí ) ​CRLN along with the Afro-Colombian Solidarity Network have launched a fundraiser to support the first Afro-Diasporic gathering of Black women in Colombia. Join that work by clicking here to donate today (any amount helps!) to make sure that more than 160 black women from Honduras, Brazil, Colombia, & the U.S. can participate in this gathering & create a collective agenda from, by & for black women and their communities.

Support the National & International Gathering of Black Women Caregivers of Life and Ancestral Territories in Colombia : Thursday, November 17th through Sunday, November 20th, 2016

Through this weekend of presentations, workshops, inter-generational exchanges, cross-cultural dialogue, art, conversation and skill shares, over 160 Black women from across Colombia, Honduras, the U.S. and Brazil will create a collective agenda from, by and for Black Women for the collective care of life and ancestral territories with a local and Afro-diasporic focus.

Help us raise $10,000 USD to make this important gathering a reality! Any amount helps!

$10 covers breakfasts for one participant for the length of the gathering

$20 covers lodging for one participant for the length of the gathering.

$50 funds travel for a delegation from within Colombia

$100 helps cover press work to disseminate the gathering’s platform

$200-800 helps toward getting an international delegate to the gathering


On November 17th, 2014, dozens of Black women from southwest Colombia mobilized a 400 mile march from Cauca to Bogotá, called the called the ‘ Black Women’s Mobilization for the Care of Life and the Ancestral Territories ’ to demand the respect of their territorial rights. When the Colombian Government refused to negotiate in good faith the Black Women’s Mobilization for the Care of Life and Ancestral Territories occupied the Ministry of Interior to force government officials to demanding the removal of armed illegal mining activities that continue to steal the intergenerational source of accessible gold deposits, poisoning rivers, and threaten their lives and long-term displacement of their families from their rural ancestral lands.

WTO Court Rules in Favor of El Salvador!

(Español Aquí) The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), a World Trade Organization (WTO) court, ruled on October 14 on a lawsuit for $250 million brought by Pacific Rim against El Salvador for loss of potential profits after their petition for a gold mining permit was denied. The favorable ruling is in part testimony to the tenacity of religious, community, and environmental groups in El Salvador, who insisted that water quality and people’s...


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