Community Renewal Society

Low participation in Chicago’s property tax rebate program has resulted in a surplus of $14 million for the city. We are proposing that this money be spent on a comprehensive violence prevention and youth development strategy to relieve the crisis of violence in our communities. Our three-pronged proposal uses funds to:


Community Renewal Society in the news


Last week the new Trump administration took executive action to expand the U.S.-Mexico border wall, increase the powers of immigration law enforcement and cut federal funding for sanctuary cities. Just two days later, the administration announced further action to halt the acceptance of refugees and discriminate against Muslim refugees seeking asylum.

Community Renewal Society MLK

Hundreds filled St. Mark United Methodist Church to honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and denounce systems of racial injustice. We featured a panel of noted experts, who offered us analysis and action steps for addressing racism. Together we lamented racism’s destructive effects on our lives by naming seven manifestations of racism, and collectively answered a call to action for us, the beloved community, to dismantle racism.

Press Release: After a yearlong investigation into the patterns and practices of the Chicago Police Department (CPD), the US Department of Justice (DOJ) has released its report confirming what we have known for decades: Police officers routinely violate the constitutional rights of Chicago residents and are rarely held accountable.


Today, the U.S. Department of Justice released the report from its civil rights investigation of the Chicago Police Department. That report found a widespread pattern of excessive force and other abuse by officers, poor officer training and a systemic failure to hold officers accountable for misconduct.

This year at the Martin Luther King Faith in Action Assembly, a panel of experts will equip us in the struggle against racism in our local communities and our nation. We are excited to announce that the distinguished panelists for Dismantling Racism: Where do we go from here? The panelists will discuss various forms of racism, and how we, the faith community, must respond. Downlaod the program.

The year ended on a high note when The Chicago Reporter received the 2016 Justice Leadership Award from the Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC), a nonprofit organization that helps divert people who have substance use and mental health conditions out of the justice system and into recovery in the community.

ROCCI leaders with HB 4515 sponsor Rep. Lilly

While this past year has held plenty of disappointment and despair for many of us, we must remember to celebrate what we as Community Renewal Society have accomplished together in the fight for justice on behalf of God’s people. Because of your partnership:

Employment laws have changed! If you have a past felony conviction, doors have opened to work in Illinois schools, park districts, and health care facilities. If you are still being denied the opportunity to work in these fields, email


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