On Wednesday, the tireless work of Chainbreaker members, community members and ally organizations paid off when City Council voted unanimously to pass the Resident’s Bill of Rights resolution. Dozens of Chainbreaker members and community member showed up at the meeting to voice their support for the resolution. After a limited attempt to make changes that would have significantly weakened the language of the resolution was thwarted, the resolution passed with all City Councilors and the Mayor voting in favor.
The lead sponsor of the resolution, Councilor Maestas, along with Councilors Bushee and Dominguez made very strong statements in support of the resolution, acknowledging the community need and validating the experiences and efforts of the hundreds of Santa Feans who conceived of, created and advanced this resolution.
The passage of this resolution sets the stage for important conversations and new planning policies that support the needs of the community. It creates a precedent and a new tool to hold elected officials accountable to the needs of all Santa Feans. It is not an end in and of itself. It is only the beginning.
Over the next several weeks, Chainbreaker members will continue to organize to build support for the next steps toward housing justice that this resolution enables. Please contact us to get involved!
Now is the time to contact your elected officials – especially those who fought the hardest – to thank them for supporting our community!