On February 18, 2015, Governor Rauner unveiled his FY 2016 budget proposal with devastating cuts for Illinois families and communities. The next day Community Renewal Society's Executive Director, Rev. Curtiss DeYoung, joined concerned community and faith leaders to protest Governor Rauner's harmful budget cuts.
Faith leaders, community activists and alleged victims of police harassment held a prayer vigil outside the mayor’s office on Ash Wednesday, demanding that Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy “repent” for police violence.
We gather to honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by putting our faith in action and asking elected decision makers to support initiatives that advance racial and social justice in Chicagoland.
We are at a pivotal moment in the fight for civil rights and I wanted to share my reflections more personally. Please take a moment to watch the video below, and know that we wish you a happy holiday season and a fantastic new year!
Fifty years ago Time magazine (2/21/1964) did a story on Community Renewal Society (then known as the Chicago City Missionary Society) that described us as “a kind of spiritual commando unit” (commando is military language for a special operations unit).