Faith & Economic Justice

The Illinois Poor People's Campaign 40 Days of Action are taking shape, beginning with actions in Springfield on Mondays May 14, 21 and 28 at 2pm.

On Memorial Day morning, Sunday May 30, 1937, workers gathered at the Steel Workers Organizing Committee union headquarters and then advanced to...

Community Renewal Society

 Over 1,500 faith and community leaders rallied on Monday to honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the annual Community Renewal Society Faith in Action Assembly, held in First Baptist Congregational Church on Chicago’s West Side.

Rev. Larry Greenfield testifies that raising the minimum wage would make Chicago a leader not only on this defining challenge of our time, but also in the recovery of American democracy.

Overall this was a very difficult legislative session in the Illinois General Assembly. But, we are not giving up or slowing down.

Both the Governor of Illinois and the President of the United States have called for increases in the minimum wage by declaring that no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty.

We've collected over 200 signatures for our TANF petition, it's not too late to sign on.

Opposition to SB 1545--the Minimum Wage Bill--remains strong, but PCG's commitment to this important legislation is also strong. But we know we still have a lot of hard work to do. Here's where we are right now.

As we celebrate the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr., we recognize his legacy on behalf of racial justice. But let us not forget that on the day he was assassinated, he was in Memphis to lead a sanitation workers’ strike. In the months ahead, he was planning a Poor People’s march on Washington.

I received a communication by email declaring, authoritatively, that “Jesus is with the 99%.” How reassuring! But I have my doubts. And for all sorts of reasons.


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