Your voice is vital
Legislators at local, state, and national levels of government listen to their constituents, and they want—and need—to hear your perspective. Your passion for mercy and justice in daily life for all people brings an important dimension into the conversations about community issues and public policy. Put your faith into action!
Reform Chicago's Police Contracts
Chicago’s police union contracts do not effectively hold police officers accountable. The FOP and PBPA contracts make it hard to investigate misconduct and allow officers to lie about misconduct. CRS along with the Coalition for Police Contracts Reform (CPCA) is advocating for 14 reforms that would improve Chicago’s police union contracts and hold officers accountable.
Tell Your Alderman To Support Civilian Oversight Of The Police
Your action is needed to ensure real and meaningful police accountability reform in Chicago. The City Council is currently considering various proposals for civilian oversight of the Chicago Police Department. CRS, as a member of the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA), is fighting to ensure that the civilian oversight agency that is created gives the community real power to set police department policy and hold public safety officials accountable.
Testify at the Fairness Hearing on the Chicago Police Department Consent Decree
The Fairness Hearing is a critical moment in this process; the moment in which a federal judge determines whether this draft of the consent decree will be made official. For only two days, public voices will be permitted to speak before the judge. Although this is extremly early, we are asking congregations to join us in court on October 24 and 25. The judge is offering 5-minute opportunities to testify during each six-hour day. However, inorder to testify, individuals must signup from 8:30-9:30 in the morning. If we do not show up, the Fraternal Order of Police will, with the goal of terminating the decree altogether. More information will be shared closer to the date.
Tell Governor Rauner to Sign the Combating Illegal Gun Trafficking Act
HB 5341, F.A.T.E. bill, was signed into law on Friday, August 10. Congratulations and thank you!
People with criminal records should not have their past held against them in consideration for employment. Too often formerly incarcerated individuals are barred from employment for past mistakes.
HB 5341, the F.A.T.E. (Fair Access to Employment) Bill, removes the barrier of outstanding legal financial obligations like fines, fees, and costs from consideration when a person petitions to seal their record. HB 5341 does not excuse anyone from paying their debts. Instead, it will give individuals the opportunity to seal their record and, therefore, obtain a good job to pay their outstanding financial obligations.
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