Rev. Curtiss Paul DeYoung

My soul is in anguish.
     How long, O Lord, how long? (Psalm 6:3)


How long will the killing of African Americans by police officers continue? The killings of Alton Sterling from Louisiana and Philando Castile from Minnesota cause us once again to pause, grieve, swear, and scream. The seemingly endless, brutal attacks on black bodies is not acceptable.

HB 4515 Passes

HB 4515, a bill to create health care jobs for people with criminal records, passed the Illinois House today 71-38! It will now be sent to the Governor.

See how your legislator cast their vote.

The City of Chicago paid more than $210 million to settle police misconduct cases between 2012 and 2015, settling a civil rights lawsuit against the Police Department almost every other day on average, The Chicago Reporter's latest investigation has found. Rather than rein in the practices that lead to these payouts, officials have borrowed millions to pay for them.

IL SB 3005 Passes

This bill will remove life-time barriers to employment in park districts for people with criminal records and put hiring decisions back in the hands of local park districts.

IL SB 42 Passes House

This bill will create opportunities for qualified health care professionals with criminal records to get their health care license for jobs, such as nurses, doctors, occupational therapists or respiratory therapists.

IL HB 4360 Vote

HB 4360 will increase job opportunities for people with criminal records in schools.

HB 4515 which creates job opportunities in health care for people with criminal records passed the Illinois Senate today 43-8!

Illinois General Assembly passed SB 2038 on May 12, 2016. In response, Community Renewal Society has signed on to two letters regarding the current budget situation.

Rev. Curtiss Paul DeYoung

Our fight for justice takes on many issues, strategies and tactics. As the world changes, Community Renewal Society must commit to self-reflection. We must examine how we move in power and peace, how we engage, how we train, and, most of all, how we listen to our communities. Our roots must not only go deep, but we must also broaden our understanding of how we live out God’s love and call to justice with each other.

Today, May 18, SB 42 passed the House Health Care License Committee! Latonya Anderson with Cabrini Green Legal Aid and the Restoring Rights & Opportunities Coalition of Illinois testified how important this bill is for her to obtain her nursing license and fulfill her dream of taking care of people. Watch Latonya Anderso's testimony on Facebook. The Illinois House will vote on SB 42 soon!


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