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Issue-Focused, Relationship-Based, Change-Motivated Organizing & Policy

Our Organizing and Policy Departments collaborate to overcome the barriers of poverty and racism through congregational organizing, policy analysis, and direct lobbying.

Organizing for Change

The Organizing staff provides Organizational training, mentoring, guidance, information and materials. A Leadership Council makes ongoing legislation and campaign implementation decisions over the course of the year.

We create unique coordinated campaigns that are both grassroots and policy-driven. Our approach to community organizing and public policy advocacy is issue-focused, relationship-based, power-driven, and change-motivated, encompassing four aspects of work:

  • Identifying issues through listening to those who are oppressed by racial and economic injustice;

  • Building relationships with congregational members, community residents and persons who have criminal records;

  • Organizing campaigns focused on unjust policies and practices;

  • Generating power to make systemic change.


Justice-Powered Policy 

Our Policy staff works with our congregational leaders, issue team members, community coalitions and elected officials in state, county and city legislative bodies to develop and pass legislation that advances justice, primarily in the areas of economic justice, criminal justice, and tax reform. The Policy Department also provides training and current political context for our member congregations as they carry out their responsibilities as citizens and persons of faith.


Current Articles on Policy


The Chicago Reporter

The Chicago Reporter is a nonprofit investigative news organization that focuses on race, poverty and income inequality. The Reporter was founded by civil rights activist John McDermott in 1972 to measure the city's progress toward racial equality. Read new content daily at