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.
“A lot of what you hear on TV about people coming home from prison is not everyone’s story,” testifies Marlon Chamberlain, Organizer for FORCE, 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.
In addition to his role with FORCE, Marlon is a father, college student, and owner of a painting company that trains people with records to rehab houses. This is what a person with a record looks like.
“What makes FORCE unique is the fact that we are led by formerly incarcerated people,” explains Marlon. FORCE empowers people with records to become vehicles for change through relationship building, leadership development, and strategic action.
In recent years, FORCE has been instrumental in sealing records for those with nonviolent convictions; removing lifetime barriers to employment in schools, park districts, and healthcare; and improving Walgreens hiring practices related to people with records.
“FORCE has an opportunity to influence policy and legislation that actually affects us,” says Marlon. Several legislators and policy makers already call on FORCE when they have questions around policy and legislation affecting returning citizens. FORCE wants to build on that and become the “go-to people” influencing change for people with records.
You can help! Be a FORCE for change this #GivingTuesday. Join the fight to overcome records and create equality by making a donation today. Then tell everyone you know to do the same.