Catalyst interview on “The Barber Shop Show” from on SoundCloud. 

‘We are Willing to Pay More in Taxes, Don’t Cut Programs that People’s Lives Depend On’

Community Renewal Society

GREAT NEWS: HB 494, a bill removing life-time bars on employment in schools for men and women with criminal records, has passed out of the Illinois Senate today!! The legislation now heads to the Governor's desk.


Governor Rauner laid out his budget plan for the State of Illinois this past February with the claim that it will save the state millions of dollars. But the outcome will be different.


Social Media Guide for Day of Faith at the Captiol

If you couldn’t join us in Springfield for our Day of Faith at the Capitol on May 12, 2015, you can still take action and amplify our impact this week!

Mention, Like, Follow, and Tag CRS, and Share our Posts on:

Laura Dean

CHICAGO, Illinois (April 20, 2015) – Community Renewal Society’s (CRS) Director of Policy Laura Dean Friedrich has announced her retirement effective June 30, 2015. Ms. Friedrich was the first director of CRS’ Policy program established in 2012.

“I will always be grateful for having the opportunity to be a part of CRS and engage directly and deeply with our compelling mission, great staff and board, dynamic community leaders and worthy work,” said Ms. Friedrich.


Contact: Ivan Moreno,, 773.799.6455

Cook State’s Attorney Alvarez’s decision a step in the right direction but system remains broken

The mayor’s office has agreed to have a face to face meeting between the mayor and our coalition leaders before April 7th. This happened only after months of calls, letters, demonstrations and after three people were arrested March 24th for trying to meet with their elected mayor.

Catalyst Chicago

Take time out for fun. Join Catalyst Chicago for our second Classroom Story Slam and be part of our 25th anniversary celebration. Ray Salazar, the WhiteRyno blogger, won the first slam. Who will win the next?

Community Renewal Society

Community Renewal Society celebrates the life of the Rev. Willie Barrow, one of our country’s great Civil Rights leaders.


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