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The Illinois Poor People's Campaign 40 Days of Action are taking shape, beginning with actions in Springfield on Mondays May 14, 21 and 28 at 2pm.

On Memorial Day morning, Sunday May 30, 1937, workers gathered at the Steel Workers Organizing Committee union headquarters and then advanced to Republic Steel, one of the largest and most successful steel companies in the country, for a peaceful protest and strike, seeking to sway company ow

You’re action is needed to ensure real and meaningful police accountability reform in Chicago. The City Council is currently considering various proposals for civilian oversight of the Chicago Police Department. CRS, as a member of the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA), is fighting to ensure that the civilian oversight entity that is ultimately created gives the community real power to set police department policy and hold public safety officials accountable.

Our work to stop illegal guns from entering our communities continues in a new effort, SB 337 SA 3, the Combating Illegal Gun Trafficking Act.

The mark of a criminal record is so stigmatizing that the majority of employers will not consider hiring an individual with a record. Last year, in partnership with the Restoring Rights and Opportunities Coalition of Illinois (RROCI), we helped to lead change in this area by passing state legislation to significantly increase the number of felony records that can be sealed.

After years of trying to license gun dealers in Illinois, the House finally passed SB 1657.

On Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 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 comprehensive ordinance for The Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability.

In the years prior to King’s assassination, his sights began to shift towards thinking how a true Beloved Community might be realized in his present world. The pathway to this concept rested in need to escalate the concerns of civil rights, to a need for human rights. The words of his sermons and writings would begin to challenge even more, daring to make claims that poor Blacks and Poor Whites had more in common with each other, than Poor Blacks had with Rich Blacks or Poor Whites had with Rich Whites. Despite a system that systematically proved otherwise, dismantling poverty, King exclaimed, was the key to removing the systems of racism, militarism, and economic injustice on America.

This annual event brings together congregations, organizations, clergy and lay for a moment of assembly, accountability, and action.

Martin Luther King Faith in Action Assembly

We asked the candidates about issues that are most important to our communities and align with CRS’ 2018 Platform for Renewal.

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