Chicago Police
Luis Carrizales

“The Memorandum of Agreement signed today is an important step in the long road to police reform in Chicago. Our goals are for a robust consent decree to be entered by a court, and for that commitment to be enforced. This Agreement allows community groups to act as watchdogs during the long-term reform process,” said Kathy Hunt Muse, counsel for the Communities United, plaintiffs.

Rishona Taylor

The Organizing Department recently read Faith-Rooted Organizing by Alexia Salvatierra & Peter Heltzel.  This book is a must read for those who engage in faith-based and/or congregational organizing.  As we seek to change our communities for the better, Faith-Rooted Organizing lends itself to be a guide at ensuring that every aspect of our organizing efforts are shaped and guided by our faith principles, practices, spirituality, and traditions in order “to ensure that not only the end result but the process meets God’s goals for God’s people”.

The Chicago Reporter teamed up with Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting to tell the story of how the mass school closures affected Irene and her family, and why she’s made it her life’s mission to prevent more shutdowns from happening. This story is the latest installment in the Reporter’s “Empty schools, empty promises” series.

When Chicago closed her kids’ school, she decided to fight back 

Community Renewal Society

Learn about CRS’ legislative priorities in our 2018 Platform for Renewal. You will receive the latest news from Springfield and an overview of our bills.  Practice lobbying and leading meetings with elected officials in Springfield.  Team captains will also be trained to lead lobbying teams for Day of Faith.

This training will prepare you for CRS' Day of Faith at the Capitol but you are welcome to attend the training even if you are unavailable to join us on 4/17/18.

State Advocacy Training

How many tears over the senseless and shocking murders of children and youths will it take?

We heard the cries of Jonesboro. We heard the cries of Columbine. We heard the cries of Northern Illinois University. We heard the cries of Newtown. And now we hear the cries of Parkland, Florida.  Psalm 56:8 reminds us that God has, “…. kept track of my every toss and turn through the sleepless nights, each tear entered in God’s ledger, each ache written in God’s book.”

It’s with bittersweet emotions, that I announce that Susan Richardson is leaving The Chicago Reporter after more than four years as editor and publisher. Under her leadership, the Reporter has hit many high marks – from national awards for its investigative journalism to praise for its police settlement database to unprecedented fundraising success. Her contributions to the Reporter and Community Renewal Society will be greatly missed, but we are happy for Susan as she starts her next chapter.

Community Renewal Society is now accepting applications for grants from the Don Benedict Fund. The purpose of this fund is to honor the memory of former Executive Director Don Benedict by funding innovative pilot projects within Illinois which address a major urban issue effectively in a 3-5 year period. Priority will be given to projects within the Chicago metropolitan area.

I first heard of Community Renewal Society through the prison ministry at Trinity United Church of Christ. I went online and saw that CRS was doing things that I wanted to do. I give to CRS because it’s right here making a difference in Chicago and Illinois.


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