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Community organizations gather to fight gentrification and ensure jobs for local Chicago residents

On Palm Sunday, people of faith from CRS member churches stood up and told the Mayor, City Council and the Chicago Police Department that we won't accept a broken policing system any longer.

Join us and tell the Mayor and Aldermen to support the FAIR COPS ordinance now.

The Community Renewal Society Palm Sunday Takeover action is an initiative by people of faith to follow their Biblical tradition and act for justice on Palm Sunday by calling for action in Chicago to address police brutality. On Palm Sunday, churches all over the city will “occupy” their local police stations to call for passage of the FAIR COPS Ordinance and witness to the need to recognize that Black Lives Matter and call for an end to police brutality.

Lorraine Forte, an award‐winning journalist and former editor of Catalyst Chicago, is returning to the education watchdog publication as editor and interim publisher. She succeeds founder Linda Lenz, who is retiring March 31st after leading the ground‐breaking news organization for 25 years.

Deborah L. Shelton

The March 15 Democratic primary could be a referendum on Anita Alvarez’s handling of officer-involved shootings and send a message to prosecutors across the country.

We are deeply disturbed by comments from presidential candidates who call for a ban on Muslims entering the US, and religious leaders who encourage people to arm themselves against Muslims. CRS members stand united against such prejudice and hate.

A new research report from Community Renewal Society finds that the two civilian oversight agencies charged with investigating and disciplining police misconduct in Chicago—the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) and the Police Board—are failing in their fundamental duty to protect the public. In response, Community Renewal Society proposes the FAIR COPS (Freedom through Accountability, Investigation, and Reform for Community Oversight of Policing Services) Ordinance, which would establish the Office of Police Auditor, a legitimately independent and transparent agency that would oversee the entire process of police oversight.

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 through our growing network of diverse congregations that fight for racial and economic justice through powerful, direct action campaigns. The following opportunities are currently available:

Community Renwal Society, part of the Responsible Budget Coalition (RBC), participated in events surrounding Governor Rauner’s State of the State Address (four press conferences, a rally, and a public demonstration outside the chambers during the Governor’s address) which generated a tremendous amount of positive press coverage. We have identified 45 news stories generated by the RBC in a two-day period. 


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