Issues We Work On

Community Renewal Society

As a member of the Restoring Rights and Opportunities Coalition of Illinois (RROCI), we are investigating the next state-wide legislative initiative to increase employment opportunities, housing, and educational opportunities for people with criminal records.  Our work with RROCI to advance HB 3142, which would “ban the box” in higher education, will continue. Working with our FORCE initiative, we are also considering efforts to advance justice reform at the county and city levels.

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Our focus on increasing police accountability in Chicago will continue with three initiatives: (1) Collaboration with the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA) to establish independent community oversight of the Chicago Police Department (CPD) through the passage of a city ordinance; (2) Partnership with the Coalition for Police Contracts Accountability (CPCA) to demand changes to the police union contracts currently being negotiated, providing greater accountability; and (3) Supporting the work of court enforced oversight.

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Community Renewal Society

The Illinois state budget undergirds all areas of concern to our communities. It is one of the most significant areas of concern for the 2018 gubernatorial race; is of significant concern for violence reduction in our state; and represents a unifying concern for all geographic areas of the state. The Policy and Organizing Committee (POC) has commissioned the Policy team to focus efforts in this area along with the Responsible Budget Coalition, Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition, and Building a Safe Chicago Coalition.

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Community Renewal Society

Housing and job opportunities consistently arose as major concerns for those in the South Side and West Side of the City, the greater Chicagoland area, and surrounding counties. These issues are also of concern for vulnerable populations (youth, formerly incarcerated, communities of color, immigrant communities) frequently referenced in the listening and the policy forecast. To catalyze this work, we will form an issue team with two delegations: Housing Caucus and Jobs Caucus.

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Community Renewal Society

With the implementation of CRS’ new strategic plan, prioritization of anti-racism frameworks and tools is now essential. This work has already begun with staff participating in the Crossroads anti-racism training, and continues with the establishment of an internal team, development of an institutional audit, and sharing of tools and training for CRS’ Board, leadership, community leaders, and congregations.

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