Reform is in the air in the city. Will it stick in any lasting measure? Bridgeport Generation Now has launched an on-line petition, see here, in support of an “Anti-Corruption Resolution.” Monday night the social action group’s President Callie Heilmann urged the City Council to support its call to action. See video above.
Idealistic, or not, focused in its calling, or unclear, irrespective of that there’s a new breeze blowing in the city that could stick or dissipate, as has happened many times before. What matters in the end is a relentless focus on what they want to do and how they’re going to get there. What is it they want to accomplish in the larger picture? It takes time, endurance, patience and ideas. Ideas? Gee, what a novel thought. Because short-term passion gets you only so far. Ideas, and driving them into the consciousness of electors–with a message that sticks–is what matters in the long term. It’s a work in progress.
Heilmann’s remarks to the City Council:
As all of us know, the City of Bridgeport has a well-established history of public corruption, which has led to mistrust among and between citizens, residents, civic and community leaders, and elected and appointed officials.
But this is not just history. People in positions of public office–who work on behalf of all of the people of Bridgeport–are using the power of their positions for personal gain right now. Just recently, we learned through a Bridgeport Police Officer’s sworn testimony–given during the court case regarding the 133rd Primary election and upheld by the Supreme Court–that our Chief of Police AJ Perez told this officer–Officer Nikola (whose salary by the way is paid for by taxpayers of all political parties) to go and collect Absentee Ballots on behalf of the Democratic Party Town Chairman, Mario Testa.
This speaks directly to the public corruption that we know is pervasive and happening around us, all the time. But have no fear! Bridgeport Generation Now is spearheading an anti-corruption campaign and movement, and we need YOU to be a part of it! Bridgeport United Against Corruption is bringing together ordinary citizens, community leaders, public servants and business owners who believe in Bridgeport’s political, social and economic growth and who know it’s time, once and for all, to commit us to good governance and rid our city of the stain of public corruption!
We’re coming together to …
1. Return true power to Bridgeport’s 147,000 residents.
2. Establish trust between citizens and our elected officials.
3. Stamp out abuse and conflicts of interest that betray the public trust.
4. Create a level playing field for Bridgeport residents.
5. Make certain Bridgeport has open and fair elections.
6. Support elected and public officials who say NO to corruption.
7. Lead the Anti-Corruption movement first in our city, then in our state and country.
So what can you do–to join our fight against corruption–as Bridgeport residents and our City Council representatives? You can sign our petition! We have collected over 100 signatures so far, but are launching it online tomorrow and will be asking each of you to sign on! You can join our coalition!
We are not the only ones in this fight. We have a strong network of community & civic leaders, organizations, and residents who are leading this work across our city, state, and country too! Represent.Us–a national organization leading the anti-corruption campaign at the federal level–just recognized our coalition as their official Connecticut headquarters! You can support our “Anti-Corruption Resolution” which we will be introducing to you–our City Council–at the March 6th City Council Meeting. We’d love to have as many of you as possible support the resolution when it is introduced! We couldn’t be more excited to stand and work together with you to restore public trust in our beloved Bridgeport!