Community Renewal Society in the News: 

A White Officer Shot a Black Teenager 4 Years Ago. A Changed Chicago Awaits a Verdict.

The New York Times, By Mitch Smith, Timothy Williams and Monica Davey

Oct. 4, 2018


Please wear your orange Faith in Action t-shirt to the Annual Membership Assembly.

Praying for Our City with the hope of #Justice4Laquan

September 24, 2018 

A Puplic Action in Worship for Laquan McDonald outside the Cook County Courthouse organized by CRS and the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church. Contact Drea,, if you would like a sign for your window or yard.

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September 18, 2018 at the Thompson Center, Chicago

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.

Community Renewal Society in the news: GAPA Press Conference

The Restoring Rights and Opportunities Coalition of Illinois (RROCI) is a coalition of leaders directly impacted by the criminal system, community organizers, attorneys and policy specialists that fight to change the laws affecting people with criminal records.

As we continue our work for greater police accountability in Chicago, I’ve been making time to stay informed on the daily occurrences of the Jason Van Dyke trial by listening to the "16 Shots" podcast produced by the Chicago Tribune and WBEZ

On Monday, September 10, 2018 we came together in prayer to honor the memory of Laquan McDonald.  We also gathered to support the family as we seek justice for his murder. Laquan McDonald was killed on October 20, 2014 by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke.  Police dash cam video released over a year later showed Officer Van Dyke firing 16 shots into the teen while McDonald was walking away from him.  We seek justice in this obvious cover up.

Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel shocked the city when he announced he would not be running for a third term.

We are looking for a talented and visionary editor in chief at The Chicago Reporter.


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