Chainbreaker is a membership-led economic and environmental justice organization based out of Santa Fe, NM. We believe that all people have a right to have full access to the city in which they live and work. We organize in low-wage communities to expand access to affordable transportation and sustainable urban development. In 2004, we began our work with a project called the Bicycle Resource Center. Through this program, we have distributed well over 800 refurbished bicycles to people without access to traditional forms of transportation and trained more than 2,000 individuals how to repair and maintain their own bicycle.
In 2008, the economic crisis and surging gas prices made it clear that we had to expand our scope and reach in order to meet the changing needs of our community. We formalized our membership structure and began working on transportation and interconnected issues on the policy level. Since that time, we have continued our previous work while building our membership base to challenge transportation and urban development policies that further cycles of poverty and automobile-dependency through a community organizing model.
Year(s) Awarded: 2010, 2011