Today, the U.S. Department of Justice released the report from its civil rights investigation of the Chicago Police Department. That report found a widespread pattern of excessive force and other abuse by officers, poor officer training and a systemic failure to hold officers accountable for misconduct.

This year at the Martin Luther King Faith in Action Assembly, a panel of experts will equip us in the struggle against racism in our local communities and our nation. We are excited to announce that the distinguished panelists for Dismantling Racism: Where do we go from here? The panelists will discuss various forms of racism, and how we, the faith community, must respond. Downlaod the program.

The year ended on a high note when The Chicago Reporter received the 2016 Justice Leadership Award from the Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC), a nonprofit organization that helps divert people who have substance use and mental health conditions out of the justice system and into recovery in the community.

ROCCI leaders with HB 4515 sponsor Rep. Lilly

While this past year has held plenty of disappointment and despair for many of us, we must remember to celebrate what we as Community Renewal Society have accomplished together in the fight for justice on behalf of God’s people. Because of your partnership:

Employment laws have changed! If you have a past felony conviction, doors have opened to work in Illinois schools, park districts, and health care facilities. If you are still being denied the opportunity to work in these fields, email

Community Renewal Society AMA

At the CRS Annual Membership Assembly on November 12, 2016, member congregations voted on the 2016-2017 Annual Platform for Renewal and elected the Board of Directors, read the recap.



The Chicago Reporter has finalists for two prestigious national awards:

Reporter Jonah Newman was a finalist for the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists, which recognizes promising journalists under the age of 35. Jonah was selected for Public Housing, Private Security a story about a private security company that was harassing residents of a public housing complex.

Community Renewal Society

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

Community Renewal Society provides assistance to individuals through a fund entitled the Emaroy June Smith Fund. Under the terms of the will, the fund is used “to meet the needs of retired ministers, missionaries, their [spouses] or [survivors], Christian workers and others who have worked along the line of educational or social welfare work.”

Save the date, November 29, 2016


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