Mountain Road
by Rev. Saeed Richardson

It is with excitement that I share with you something new from the Policy department here at CRS: the Justifying Justice newsletter! We seek to exchange information and updates about the justice work CRS is most connected to, as well as begin conversations about how justice connects to faith.

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson


Fundamental to Christianity, and perhaps humanity, is the notion that family is paramount. It is the cornerstone upon which society is built and is the example upon which the church most often analogizes itself. The very act of a government targeting families and the future of our country — our youth — is preposterous. The potential deportation of sons and daughters, in many cases brought to our country by parents escaping persecution in a foreign land, draws undeniable parallel to the baby Christ forced out of His country escaping the oppression of a brutal dictator named Herod. 

Marge Frens

Sadly, we lost one of our leaders this month.  Margery B. Frens age 72 passed away August 23, 2017. Marge, a member of Elk Grove Presbyterian Church, was a woman of strong faith throughout her life.  She will be best remembered for her passion for Social Justice.  Her faith and light still shine in the work she did and in the hearts of so many of us. We are grateful for her tireless efforts among us at Community Renewal Society.

New Law to Provide Relief from a Past Record! 

If you or someone you know, would like to petition to have your convictions sealed, you can start today.  The first step is to obtain your RAP sheet from the Chicago Police Department and then bring it to Cabrini Green Legal Aid’s Help Desk.  Read more >

HB_2373 Victory

Governor Rauner Signs a Bill into Law that Expands Eligibility for Sealing Convictions, Providing Thousands of Illinoisans with Better Opportunities

Photo by Max Herman

Seven months ago hundreds of us filled St. Mark United Methodist Church to honor Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy by publicly denouncing the evil of systems of racial injustice. As we look back at these past seven months, we find ourselves asking over and over the question Dr. King asked in his book, "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?"


On the eve of the expiration of Chicago’s contract with thousands of police officers represented by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), community and civil rights groups from across the City appeared at City Hall today demanding changes to the police contract that will facilitate police reform. The groups, collectively known as the Coalition for Police Contracts Accountability (CPCA), urged the City to alter portions of the contract that limit transparency and accountability in the Chicago Police Department.


This morning, CRS joined the Coalition for Police Contracts Accountability (CPCA) at City Hall to demand that the Mayor and City Council make meaningful reforms to the expiring #FOPContract.

The Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA) came together in direct response to the Police Accountability Task Force’s 2016 recommendation to develop a Community Safety Oversight Board that would allow the community to have a powerful platform and role in the police oversight process. From the beginning, one of our primary goals is to get this process right, after decades of police misconduct…pattern and practices of excessive force…and civil rights violations.


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