We are deeply disturbed by comments from presidential candidates who call for a ban on Muslims entering the US, and religious leaders who encourage people to arm themselves against Muslims. CRS members stand united against such prejudice and hate.

A new research report from Community Renewal Society finds that the two civilian oversight agencies charged with investigating and disciplining police misconduct in Chicago—the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) and the Police Board—are failing in their fundamental duty to protect the public. In response, Community Renewal Society proposes the FAIR COPS (Freedom through Accountability, Investigation, and Reform for Community Oversight of Policing Services) Ordinance, which would establish the Office of Police Auditor, a legitimately independent and transparent agency that would oversee the entire process of police oversight.

Community Renewal Society (CRS) is a faith-based organization that works with people and communities to address racism and poverty. CRS transforms society towards greater justice and compassion through our growing network of diverse congregations that fight for racial and economic justice through powerful, direct action campaigns. The following opportunities are currently available:

Community Renwal Society, part of the Responsible Budget Coalition (RBC), participated in events surrounding Governor Rauner’s State of the State Address (four press conferences, a rally, and a public demonstration outside the chambers during the Governor’s address) which generated a tremendous amount of positive press coverage. We have identified 45 news stories generated by the RBC in a two-day period. 

Community Renewal Society (CRS), among Chicago’s oldest faith-based social justice organizations, announces that Rev. Eddie Knox, Jr. has been elected President of the Board and Delia Ramirez has joined the organization as its Deputy Director.

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This is a contract position through June 30, 2016 that organizes current Community Renewal Society member congregations on the West side of Chicago, to create social change on issues of race and poverty.

Community Renewal Society Faith in Action Assembly 2016

The Community Renewal Society and faith leaders hold a press conference to introduce their “FAIR COPS” Ordinance to create an independent Police Auditors Office. This program was recorded by Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV).

View: “We Demand Fair Cops” Press Conference". Published on Dec 2, 2015.


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