Bridgeport Generation Now, a new social action group vetting the political process, has unleashed its issues and policy platform for the campaign season. The organization features a bunch of young people new to city politics. It’s about time, right? Check them out, including this video from Callie Heilmann, president of the organization.
In February of this year, our members brainstormed a list of issues and policies in Bridgeport we wished to explore and elevate. Our members worked hard over the winter and spring, in research teams and at member meetings, to develop this platform. On June 9th, we held a Policy and Issue Forum, where we vetted and validated each topic. On June 21st, we hosted seven current City Council members in a formal discussion around our platform, policies, and ideas.
Our 2017 Policy and Issue Platform is broken into four sections, based on our four key principles. Each week, we will release a new part of the platform, so stay in touch via our mailing list and social media to be engaged and get informed!
Good Governance: Releases tomorrow!
— Bridgeport City Budget
— Financial Task Force
— Downtown Parking Meters
Justice and Equity: Week of 8/21
— Racial Equity in Education
— WPCA Foreclosures
— Sanctuary City
— Police Accountability
Democratic Empowerment: Week of 8/28
— Democratic Town Committee
— Absentee Ballots
Livability: Week of 9/4
— Public Arts
— Food Policy
The publication of this platform represents seven months of hard work by dedicated members of Bridgeport Generation Now. Over the course of the coming year, we hope it serves as a guide to civic discourse, an accountability arm for elected officials, and an empowerment tool for our democratic process.
Thank you to everyone who contributed time, energy, ideas, thoughtfulness, humility, and care to this process. We are proud of each and every one of us. We cannot do this without you!