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Your voice is vital

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. Put your faith into action!

Testify at the Fairness Hearing on the Chicago Police Department Consent Decree


The Fairness Hearing is a critical moment in this process; the moment in which a federal judge determines whether this draft of the consent decree will be made official. For only two days, public voices will be permitted to speak before the judge. Although this is extremly early, we are asking congregations to join us in court on October 24 and 25. The judge is offering 5-minute opportunities to testify during each six-hour day. However, inorder to testify, individuals must signup from 8:30-9:30 in the morning. If we do not show up, the Fraternal Order of Police will, with the goal of terminating the decree altogether. More information will be shared closer to the date.

Take Action, register for either day:  Wednesday, October 24, 2018 @ 8:30 AM or Tursday, October 25, 2018 @ 8:30 AM

Reform Chicago's Police Contracts 


Chicago’s police union contracts do not effectively hold police officers accountable. The FOP and PBPA contracts make it hard to investigate misconduct and allow officers to lie about misconduct. CRS along with the Coalition for Police Contracts Reform (CPCA) is advocating for 14 reforms that would improve Chicago’s police union contracts and hold officers accountable.

Take Action Now: Contact your alderman and ask them to publicly support these 14 recommendations.

 Tell Your Alderman To Support Civilian Oversight Of The Police


Your action is needed to ensure real and meaningful police accountability reform in Chicago. The City Council is currently considering various proposals for civilian oversight of the Chicago Police Department. CRS, as a member of the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA), is fighting to ensure that the civilian oversight agency that is created gives the community real power to set police department policy and hold public safety officials accountable.

Take Action Now: Contact your alderman and ask them to support GAPA's proposal for a Community Commission with real power and independence.

Tell Governor Rauner to Sign the Combating Illegal Gun Trafficking Act

The Combating Illegal Gun Trafficking Act (SB 337 SA 3) encourages better business practices among gun dealers and holds corrupt dealers accountable. Other states that have adopted similar requirements have seen a 64% reduction in guns used in crimes. For more information, view the SB 337 fact sheet.

The Illinois General Assembly passed this bill with bipartisan support. It is now up to Governor Rauner to sign it.

Take Action Now: urge Governor Rauner to sign the Combating Illegal Gun Trafficking Act into law and protect our communities from gun violence.  

There are additional ways you can make an impact:

  • Download this petition and collect signatures to send to the Governor.

  • Make phone call(s) to the Governor. Download a phone script.

  • Share all of the above with your Faith in Action team and congregation! 

Coalition to End Money Bond

Support bail reform in Cook County! For decades, legally innocent people have been incarcerated at Cook County Jail simply because judges set monetary bonds that they could not pay. Today approximately 2,500 people remain jailed in Cook County because they cannot afford to pay their money bonds. Access to money should not determine whether or not an accused person is detained in jail before a trial. In addition, African Americans receive disproportionately high monetary bonds and are disproportionately unable to pay these bonds. 

Take Action Now:
sign this petition to Cook County criminal justice stakeholders to support bond reform in Cook County.

HB 5341, F.A.T.E. bill, was signed into law on Friday, August 10. Congratulations and thank you!

People with criminal records should not have their past held against them in consideration for employment. Too often formerly incarcerated individuals are barred from employment for past mistakes.

HB 5341, the F.A.T.E. (Fair Access to Employment) Bill, removes the barrier of outstanding legal financial obligations like fines, fees, and costs from consideration when a person petitions to seal their record. HB 5341 does not excuse anyone from paying their debts. Instead, it will give individuals the opportunity to seal their record and, therefore, obtain a good job to pay their outstanding financial obligations.

Lindsey Hammond