The issues of the Community Renewal Society are drawn directly from our member congregations. Churches identify the issues most directly affecting their communities and work with Civic Action organizers to build local, city or state wide campaigns to win real change.
The FORCE (Fighting to Overcome Records and Create Equality) Project is an initiative of Community Renewal Society led by people with records, their families, and faith allies organizing to create change and justice for people with records. By coming together, people with records, their families, and faith allies can change the systems which seek to keep us and our communities imprisoned.
HB 5831: Keeping Guns Out of the Wrong Hands & Preventing Illegal Gun Trafficking
In Illinois, from 1999 to 2006, 3,369 children and young people were killed by guns.
Illinois state law does not require gun owners to register their handguns or to report the loss/theft of them to police. Establishing requirements similar to annual car registraions for handguns would help law enforcement trace guns used in crimes, solve violent gun crimes and hold illegal gun traffickers accountable for supplying weapons to criminals. HB 5831 would close dangerious loopholes in Illinois’ gun laws and create a more comprehensive system designed to improve public safety, promote gun owner accountability, provide law enforcement with the information and systems necessary to solve gun crimes, keep illegal gun traffickers out of business, and keep illegal guns out of the hands of our children.
Fair Tax System and Education Funding Reform
The scriptures say that “For everyone to whom much is given, much will be required” (Luke 12:48). A basic principle of our faith is that we should ask those who have the greatest ability to pay to pay the most. Yet, in our state, the majority of the tax burden falls on working and middle class families, while our children attend schools that are underfunded and underresourced.This is not a fiscal crisis, it is a moral crisis and people of faith are called to act.
Roughly 35,000 people are released from Illinois prisons each year.
Within 3 years, more than half of all of those released return to prison.
Expanding sealing records would allow thousands of ex-offenders opportunities for employment, housing, and education.> Read More