Restoring Opportunities And Justice Reform

Increase employment, housing, and educational opportunities for people with criminal records.

Community Renewal Society MLK

One week ago today, hundreds of us filled St. Mark United Methodist Church to honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and denounce systems of racial injustice. We featured a panel of noted experts, who offered us analysis and action steps for addressing racism. Together we lamented racism’s destructive effects on our lives by naming seven manifestations of racism, and collectively answered a call to action for us, the beloved community, to dismantle racism.
 

The Illinois General Assembly will convene for the “Lame Duck” session on Monday, January 9, 2017. Take action now and send an email to your state representatives to oppose legislation that will increase sentences for second time gun possession but not make our communities safer.

As of January 1, 2017 four new laws in Illinois are opening doors for people with past felony convictions to work in Illinois schools, park districts and health care facilities. Take action now and help to spread the word about these new employment laws.

 On Monday, January 16, join Community Renewal Society for our annual Martin Luther King Faith in Action Assembly at St. Mark United Methodist Church.

Multiply your #GivingTuesday gift to Community Renewal Society’s FORCE initiative! For every $100 raised between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. today, Woods Fund of Chicago will match the donation. In addition, a CRS Board Member will match donations made anytime today, up to a total of $2,500.

For the past two weeks, you've been meeting our FORCE leaders and hearing how Community Renewal Society's FORCE initiative is creating opportunities and equality for people with records. Our goal is to receive 200 donations to strengthen FORCE's capacity for community organizing and policy change. We can only get there with your help.

FORCE Leader, Teleza Rodgers, describes Community Renewal Society's FORCE initiative as "a force to be reckoned with."

FORCE Leader, Eddie Bocanegra, has many things that define him. “I am an executive director, board member, graduate of a top university, father of four little girls, home owner, and sibling of members of our country’s armed forces,” Eddie explains.

FORCE leader, Alonzo Waheed, has been a returning citizen for 10 years now. Alonzo got training through FORCE to become more effective in building people up and organizing for change in our communities.

Community Renewal Society AMA

 CRS member churches came together to affirm our priorities for the “Platform for Renewal 2016-17,” present our annual congregational and partner awards, celebrate campaign victories, celebrate board members whose terms have ended, elect new board members and dialogue about our strategic vision. Father Larry Dowling of St. Agatha Catholic Church and Jaquie Algee of Trinity UCC co-chaired the assembly.

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