Bridgeport Generation Now will lead a coalition of non-profit organizations hosting a community town hall featuring general election candidates Wednesday 7 to 9 p.m. in the Beacon Hall Events Center, Room 214 at Housatonic Community College. Parking is available in the HCC garage. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. All statewide candidates on the November ballot are invited to participate. The public is invited to attend this free event.
From news release:
Organizer Callie Gale Heilmann says: “Our Town Hall is a chance for we the people to say what we want rather than reading what major candidates have in their campaign platforms. Community members will share their hopes to hold candidates accountable to policies and ideas that will improve the entire Bridgeport area.”
Topics to be discussed include issues of fair funding, especially for education; the pros and cons of opening up casino gambling in or near Bridgeport; crumbling infrastructure and innovations in transportation; good governance in our City and state; the protection of our children through juvenile justice; ending mass incarceration; immigrants rights and paths to citizenship; and environmental justice.
The moderators for the evening are Barbara Lopez, State Director of Make The Road CT, a community organization for low-income and working-class Latinos in Bridgeport, alongside Tiheba Bain, founder of Women Against Mass Incarceration.
Bridgeport Generation Now, a nonprofit social action network, is the principal convener of the event and the nonprofit partners are: The Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance, The League Of Women Voters Bridgeport Area, Greater Bridgeport Area Prevention Program, The Bridgeport Islamic Community Center, Empowering Children and Families, The Greater Bridgeport NAACP, Thrive Bridgeport, The New Freedom Fighters, The Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport, I Luv Bridgeport, and Make the Road CT.