Who We are. Our mission
The United Congress of Community and Religious Organizations is a grassroots-led multiethnic and multi-faith human rights alliance mobilizing people, policy and ideals to drive societal transformation and forge unity for the equitable advancement of marginalized communities. We believe that all Illinoisans have the right to be healthy, wealthy, safe, educated and employed regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, age, income or citizenship status.
On March 22, 2017, the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA) released its Community Conversation Report after listening to the concerns of more than 1,650 Chicago residents about police misconduct and community relations. GAPA is a broad-based coalition of community organizations committed to making neighborhoods safer, improving police practices and accountability and transforming the relationship between the Chicago Police Department and the city’s various communities. The organizations in GAPA touch more than 30 wards—including neighborhoods directly impacted by violence and … read more
On Friday July 29th, 2016 Governor Rauner signed the Removing Invisible Bars Bill -Senate Bill 2282. This bill limits technical violations of parolees to serious conditions. With the signing into law of this bill, parolees can help make their communities stronger and safer through their service and participation with community-based and faith-based organizations, without living in fear of technically violating parole and being sent back to prison because they’re in proximity of another parolee. This was an outdated law previously … read more
United Congress’ work has been, and will continue to be, grounded in the communities we represent and in the lives we touch. We are intentional about building relationships across community and religious sectors to ensure that the voices of those marginalized in our communities are lifted. We are excited to share with you what United Congress accomplished during the month of May.
OUR STORY TIMELINE
Passage of SB2370
UCCRO helps pass SB100 which limits the use of suspensions and expulsions plus eliminates disciplinary fines for all public school students.
UCCRO helps pass Juvenile Expungement Bill SB0978 which annually clears the backlog for juveniles arrested but not convicted or arrested on a low level offense and allows youth to apply for multiple expungements on the same petition.
UCCRO helps pass School Data Transparency Bill SB2793 requiring CPS to publically release information concerning student disciplinary actions and submit improvement plans for excessive school discipline.
UCCRO has weekly presence in Springfield and builds key relationships within and between the Black and Latino Caucuses and passes three key initiatives at the state level
UCCRO moves Black Caucus to support the SB957 to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses UCCRO helps
LYFE Coalition win $14 million in the budget for youth employment funding
UCCRO helps pass SB1659 providing $1,500 tax credit for employers who hire ex-offenders within three years of release UCCRO passes SR328 recognizing the issue of prison-based gerrymandering for the first time.
Collective advocacy strategy team meets with 47 legislators, getting 59 cosponsors on six bills in one day.
UCCRO passes HB4510 The Asian American Employment Plan, the state’s first Asian American bill ever. Signed into law
UCCRO cosponsors Youth Employment Town Hall with over 250 youth from across 30 different communities as a proactive response to address growing youth violence in the city
UCCRO holds first annual UCCRO Convention with 100 leaders to approve UCCRO platform