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.
Across the city, nearly 1,000 people of faith from more than 50 congregations converged on all 22 police stations in the city for Palm Sunday Takeover actions. In Marquette Park, more than 40 CRS youth leaders shut down the station and blocked traffic for more than half an hour. At the 12th district on the near west side, nearly 100 leaders from First Baptist Congregational Church, Old St. Pat's Catholic Church and the Ninth Hour held a die-in in the lobby of the station. On the north side, a broad coalition of churches convened by the UCC marched on the Lakeview station and held a prayer vigil. Actions were covered by CBS, ABC, Fox, WGN, WBEZ, DNAinfo, Progress Illinois, WVON and the Chicago Sun-Times.
Palm Sunday is the day we celebrate one of Jesus' most powerful acts of public resistance to oppression and unjust authority. Last Sunday we reclaimed that spirit. But the fight for FAIR COPS is far from over. In the coming months people of faith, along with our allies across the city, will be mobilizing to meet with our aldermen, canvas our neighborhoods and continue public witness to demand a police accountability system that is truly independent of the mayor with real power to make broad reform, investigate abusive officers and hold them accountable. Learn more about the FAIR COPS Ordinance.
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