Community Renewal Society (CRS) is a faith-based organization that works with people and communities to address racism and poverty. CRS transforms society towards greater justice and compassion by working with a powerful organizing and policy advocacy network and publishing The Chicago Reporter, a highly-regarded investigative journal on matters of social justice.
Today we joined more than two dozen community groups and criminal justice reform to issue a report urging Chicago’s elected leaders to reject reactionary and unproven crime fighting policies and instead attack the root causes of violence with a comprehensive crime prevention plan.
Low participation in Chicago’s property tax rebate program has resulted in a surplus of $14 million for the city. We are proposing that this money be spent on a comprehensive violence prevention and youth development strategy to relieve the crisis of violence in our communities. Our three-pronged proposal uses funds to:
Last week the new Trump administration took executive action to expand the U.S.-Mexico border wall, increase the powers of immigration law enforcement and cut federal funding for sanctuary cities. Just two days later, the administration announced further action to halt the acceptance of refugees and discriminate against Muslim refugees seeking asylum.
Hundreds filled St. Mark United Methodist Church to honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and denounce systems of racial injustice. We featured a panel of noted experts, who offered us analysis and action steps for addressing racism. Together we lamented racism’s destructive effects on our lives by naming seven manifestations of racism, and collectively answered a call to action for us, the beloved community, to dismantle racism.
Press Release: After a yearlong investigation into the patterns and practices of the Chicago Police Department (CPD), the US Department of Justice (DOJ) has released its report confirming what we have known for decades: Police officers routinely violate the constitutional rights of Chicago residents and are rarely held accountable.