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Representatives of Chainbreaker Collective, City, UNM will participate as a cohort in discussion on strategies for more inclusive communities
Santa Fe, NM – City Councilwoman Renee Villarreal—representing the City in a coalition of groups dedicated to building a more inclusive Santa Fe—announced today that a cohort led by Chainbreaker Collective and the City has been selected for the inaugural All-In Cities Anti-Displacement Policy Network.
Santa Fe is one of only ten cities chosen to participate in a pilot project initiated by PolicyLink, a national research and action institute dedicated to advancing economic and social equity, that will officially kick off at a mid-April Equity Summit in Chicago.
The other cities selected include Austin, TX; Boston, MA; Buffalo, NY; Denver, CO; Nashville, TN; Philadelphia, PA; Portland, OR; San Jose, CA; and the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, NM.
According to an announcement from PolicyLink, cohorts from each city representing local elected officials, staff, and place-based community organizations, will work together for a full year on “strategies to fight displacement and build inclusive, prosperous cities.”
Councilor Villarreal said, “We know that housing and economic inequities have been two of Santa Fe’s biggest challenges historically. We also know that equity and justice are core values of our community, and we are committed to the Anti-Displacement Policy Network initiative because we believe we can do better.”
She added, “I'm looking forward to sharing and gaining new insights with the other city cohorts, and working collaboratively with our local team to begin finding solutions to these complex problems.”
The lead applicant to the network is Chainbreaker Collective, a member-based economic and environmental justice organization with over 600 members that has fought for housing equity, trained communities to advocate for justice issues, and most recently helped train thousands of voters in the city’s new Ranked Choice Voting system.
Tomás Rivera, Chainbreaker’s Executive Director, said, “This is a great opportunity for our city. As policy makers on the national level continue to fail to us, local action is our best hope to address the growing housing and equity crisis sweeping the nation. Santa Fe's history with gentrification and unique position to find grassroots solutions will contribute to this national effort.”
Representing Santa Fe will be:
Tomás Rivera - Executive Director of Chainbreaker Collective
Renee Villarreal - City Councilwoman
David Coss - Former Mayor
Alexandra Ladd - Director of the Office of Affordable Housing
Serge Martinez- UNM School of Law’s Economic Justice Clinic
Find out more about the All-In Cities Anti-Displacement Network: http://allincities.org/where-we-work/anti-displacement-policy-network.