Your voice is vitally important.
Legislators at local, state, and national levels of government listen to their constituents, and they want—and need—to hear your perspective. Your passion for mercy and justice in daily life for all people brings an important dimension into the conversations about community issues and public policy. Put your faith into action!
Gun Dealer Licensing Act, Override the Veto
Governor Rauner has vetoed the Gun Dealer Licensing Act (SB 1657). It’s now up to your state legislators to override the veto. Send your state legislators a message urging them to vote to override the Gun Dealer Licensing Act veto now!
Community Commission Ordinance
On Tuesday, March 13, CRS stood with community leaders from the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA), Aldermen from across the city, and other public safety stakeholders, to announce our proposal for a new two-tier community oversight system over the Chicago Police Department. Our proposal creates a Community Commission that will give communities a meaningful role in shaping police policy and holding leaders accountable and District Councils that will inform and shape community policing at the district level.
This announcement was the culmination of a nearly two-year process that was prompted by the 2016 Mayor’s Police Accountability Task Force (PATF) report calling for the development of a “community oversight safety board” that would “ensure that…all components of the police oversight system are held fully accountable, operate with maximum transparency and perform their roles in a manner that is informed by community needs.”
Through our ordinance for a Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability, Chicago can implement historic reforms that will transform the relationship between CPD and our communities.
Our ordinance was introduced during the March 28th City Council meeting with 18 aldermen signed on as co-sponsors. However, within minutes of introduction, mayoral ally and Public Safety Committee chair, Ald. Reboyras, introduced two competing ordinances that eliminate the core structure of the ordinance and remove key powers turning the commission into an advisory panel.
We need you to contact your aldermen and urge them to reject the Mayor's watered-down proposals and instead support true community oversight of the CPD by co-sponsoring our ordinance for a Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability.
Reform Chicago's Police Contracts
Chicago’s police union contracts do not effectively hold police officers accountable. The FOP and PBPA contracts make it hard to investigate misconduct and allow officers to lie about misconduct. CRS along with the Coalition for Police Contracts Reform (CPCA) is advocating for 14 reforms that would improve Chicago’s police union contracts and hold officers accountable.
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