Our Organizing Department networks congregations to overcome the barriers of poverty and racism. For decades, activists in member congregations have come together across racial, ethnic, geographic and socioeconomic lines to shape public policies that foster hope and create opportunity for all Illinois residents. The Organizing Staff works to provide organizing and advocacy training, mentoring and guidance, information and materials. A leadership council representing members makes decisions about the legislation and campaigns to be implemented over the course of the year.


CRS offers regular training opportunities with the aim to build powerful, knowledgeable leaders.

Member Congregations

CRS works with member congregations to identify issues for campaigns, develop leaders, and build church power.

Key Issues We Work On

Police Accountability
Community Renewal Society will continue our efforts to correct law enforcement systems that discriminate, criminalize, and torture black communities. This year, we will renew our police accountability campaign by addressing police reform in Chicago and Illinois.
Restoring Opportunities
FORCE (Fighting to Overcome Records and Create Equality) - an initiative of Community Renewal Society, along with the Restoring Rights and Opportunities Coalition of Illinois (RROCI), is working to pass legislation that would create more transparency and fairness in the background check process for employment and housing, two of the most pressing and fundamental human rights.
End Police Brutality
Violence Reduction
Our communities continue to be devastated by unacceptable levels of violence. Community Renewal Society reaffirms its commitment to address this issue, in part by building upon the work done by the Reclaim Campaign.

Take Action!

Thank your legislators for voting for a full-year state budget with revenue!
Advocacy Training
Advocacy Training
The Policy team offers training to help community leaders and advocates better understand our key issues, the state legislative process, and how to be an effective advocate.

Upcoming Events

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 08:00 to 12:00
Tue, 09/26/2017 - 18:30 to 20:30
Tue, 09/26/2017 - 09:00
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