Restoring Opportunities And Justice Reform

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

 A new research report from Community Renewal So.ciety finds that the two civilian oversight agencies charged with investigating and disciplining police misconduct in Chicago.

Community Renewal Society

 Over 1,500 faith and community leaders rallied on Monday to honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the annual Community Renewal Society Faith in Action Assembly, held in First Baptist Congregational Church on Chicago’s West Side.

 Fifty days have passed since the video of LaQuan McDonald’s killing was released, and yet Mayor Emanuel and the City Council have taken no decisive action to address the systemic failures of Chicago’s police oversight.

It is too late to save LaQuan McDonald’s life, but you can take action now to stop more lives from being taken by violent police officers. Tell your alderman to support the FAIR COPS Ordinance.

Our communities on the South Side of Chicago experience disproportionate rates of violence and police brutality and we need our elected officials to stand with us for real change. Our efforts to reduce violence and increase police accountability are at a critical moment and we need your voice.

Aldermen and Cook County Commissioners will soon make decisions to commit taxpayer funds and public land in the Illinois Medical District without any accountability from the developers to benefit Westside residents.  

Economic development has the potential to strengthen our local communities, but the current system just benefits developers. Crucial issues, such as creating good jobs and housing, are not being considered before a project is approved, while nearby residents have little opportunity for input. 

Criminal Justice Victories in Illinois

We celebrate important victories as we continue to demand a moral budget that protects Illinois’ families and communities by choosing new revenue.

With strong bi-partisan support, the Illinois General Assembly passed HB 494 to increase job opportunities for people with records in schools. This victory culminates two years of work.

There’s good news from Springfield! Thanks to 18 months of hard work by FORCE leaders and our criminal justice coalition partners, a new bill is moving. SB 42 House Amendment 1 increases health care job opportunities for people with records. It passed out of the Health Care Licensing Committee yesterday, Monday, May 18, 2015.

Participate in a virtual Day of Faith at the Capitol

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