Multiply your #GivingTuesday gift to Community Renewal Society’s FORCE initiative! For every $100 raised between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. today, Woods Fund of Chicago will match the donation. In addition, a CRS Board Member will match donations made anytime today, up to a total of $2,500.

For the past two weeks, you've been meeting our FORCE leaders and hearing how Community Renewal Society's FORCE initiative is creating opportunities and equality for people with records. Our goal is to receive 200 donations to strengthen FORCE's capacity for community organizing and policy change. We can only get there with your help.

FORCE Leader, Teleza Rodgers, describes Community Renewal Society's FORCE initiative as "a force to be reckoned with."

FORCE Leader, Eddie Bocanegra, has many things that define him. “I am an executive director, board member, graduate of a top university, father of four little girls, home owner, and sibling of members of our country’s armed forces,” Eddie explains.

FORCE leader, Alonzo Waheed, has been a returning citizen for 10 years now. Alonzo got training through FORCE to become more effective in building people up and organizing for change in our communities.


Over two years ago, all eyes were on Ferguson when Mike Brown was murdered by a police officer, while holding his hands up. What happened in Ferguson was not an isolated incident, but a systemic issue within law enforcement agencies across the country.

  Wednesday, the Chicago City Council will vote on Mayor Emanuel’s proposed police reform ordinance. The Mayor’s plan directly ignores the needs and demands of our communities. We cannot accept this negligent reform that was crafted without the best interests of our communities in mind.

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 Mayor Emanuel's plan to “transform” Chicago’s system of policing lacks the teeth necessary to actually get the job done.

The FOUR reentry bills that FORCE and the Restoring Rights and Opportunities Coalition of Illinois (RROCI) helped to pass in the Illinois General Assembly during the 2016 legislative session have recently been signed into law by Governor Rauner!

"How long, O Lord, how long?" As we continue to lament the devastating deaths across the nation resulting from interactions between police and black victims, we turn to action.


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