Advocate For Social Justice

Get involved in important public policy issues, put your faith into action.

We invite you to join our efforts in areas of mutual concern and add your voice for justice to ours. Your voice is vitally important. Legislators at local, state, and national levels of government listen to their constituents, and they want—and need—to hear your perspective. Your passion for mercy and justice in daily life for all people brings an important dimension into the conversations about community issues and public policy.

There are many ways to participate in the policy-making process. CRS is working to build the beloved community through legislative work in Springfield and work in our neighborhoods. Here are some of the ways you can put your faith into action:

Take Action online, contact your legislators about current issues.

Lobby in Springfield during our annual Day of Faith at the Capitol each spring.

Attend Faith-in-Action days.

Find Your Elected Officials and contact them about issues important to you so that you can develop a relationship with them.

Learn how a bill becomes a law in Illinois.

Encourage others to join your advocacy efforts — ask three friends to take action for every one you take.

Request a speaker to come to your church.

Train to be an advocate and participate in regional conference calls.

Pray for your elected officials.

Preach on faith, justice and issues impacting your community using Lectionary Studies as a resource.

Register to vote and encourage your neighbors to participate in elections.

Share a blog on faith-based advocacy with your online network.

Blog about an experience we can post in Voices from the Community.

Track the status of new legislation in our Legislative Update blog.

Sponsor a letter-writing or petition-signing event at your church.

Pitch an Op Ed to The Chicago Reporter, email

Submit a tip for The Chicago Reporter to investigate

Volunteer at Community Renewal Society's offices at 111 W. Jackson, Suite 820, Chicago, IL 60604

Meet the Policy Staff and brainstorm about ways we can work together.

Support CRS financially. 

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.
— Margaret Mead